Artists:

Albums:

Other Pages:

Tommy Keane
The Piper's Apron
Ordering
Jacqueline McCarthy
The Wind Among the Reeds
Links
Tommy McCarthy
Sporting Nell
Maree Homepage
The Hidden Note
Picture Gallery
The Family Album

Musician Credits / Track Listings / Review Highlights

Musician Credits

Tommy McCarthy
Uilleann Pipes, Concertinas, Tin Whistles

 

 

 This is the first solo album from one of Clare’s great multi-instrumentalists.  Tommy McCarthy’s music can be heard on this recording in all it’s purity as he plays concertina, uilleann pipes and tin whistle on 18 tracks of solo, unaccompanied traditional music in the relaxed, rhythmical and graceful style of his native county.
 This album will be a reference point in years to come and shows Tommy as a tasteful interpreter of the music, never isolating it in a flurry of showmanship. It is a fitting testament to a musician who in a very humble way that belies his art, contributed so much to all our enjoyment with almost sixty years of music making.

Track Listing

1. Reels

Mollie Brannigan
Sporting Nell
(mp 3, filesize=255Kb)

2. Reels

The New Policeman
The Ravelled Hank of Yarn

3. Slip Jigs

Na Ceannabháin Bhána
Will You Come Down to Limerick

4. Reels

Martin Wynn’s No. 1
Paddy Taylor’s

5. Jigs

The Maid in the Meadow
Sweet Biddy Daly

6. Air The Dear Irish Boy
7. Set Dance Planxty Browne
8. Reels

The Limestone Rock
The Road to Lisdoonvarna

9. Strathspey Frank Roche’s
10. Reels

Jenny Picking Cockles
The Floating Crowbars
(mp 3, filesize= 252Kb)

11. Jigs

Scatter the Mud
Mulqueen’s

12. Air Anach Chuain
13. Reel The Pigeon on the Gate
14. Jigs

The Leg of the Duck
Ard an Bhóthair

15. Hornpipes

Chief O’Neill’s Favourite
Byrne’s

16. Reels

The First of the Month
The Blackberry Blossom

17. Jig Cherish the Ladies
18. Reels

The Mountain Top
The Chicago
The Flower of the Flock

 

Review Highlights

“A lovely, understated album on which the master’s music is allowed to speak for itself.”
Taplas, Wales

“His concertina playing is clear, precise and fluid as is his graceful piping and whistle playing …. Music high on integrity and tastefulness …. A quiet giant of Irish music.”
Folk Roots, UK


“The first thing you notice is the steady unhurried pace …. The concertina numbers are my favourites.”
Irish Music Magazine, Éire

“Make no mistake, this man is a top quality player and this recording displays all his versatility.”
Folk on Tap, UK


“This album is a precious jewel …. Music which is clear, pure, rhythmical from start to finish, played gloriously in the old style of West Clare …. Tommy’s music stands on it’s own.”
Foinse, Éire


“An inherent excitement and clarity of purpose …. Pure Irish traditional music played with heart and assurance.”
Rock ‘N’ Reel, UK


Number 8 in the Folk/Roots Chart for Oct. ’97.
Hot Press, Éire

Artists:

Albums:

Other Pages:

Tommy Keane
The Piper's Apron
Ordering
Jacqueline McCarthy
The Wind Among the Reeds
Links
Tommy McCarthy
Sporting Nell
Maree Homepage
The Hidden Note
Picture Gallery
The Family Album