The Lahawns are at present (slightly different line-up than on their first album) Andrew MacNamara (accordion), Anne-Marie McCormack (of the Kilfenora Ceili Band) and Joan Hanrahan on fiddles, and Jim Corry on keyboards, and this is their second release, recorded during a Clare ceili at the famous Feakle bar, for which they are also joined by drummer Jimmy Higgins. The band plays straight-ahead dance music with great lift, to the delight of the audience and the dancers, some of whom can be heard singing along on some of the old-time waltzes. This kind of music-making is what the tradition is all about, and a recording like this one, while not reproducing the experience exactly, conveys it remarkably well. Lovely stuff.

Rating ****

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