Dermot (moonlighting from his day job as accordionist with legendary Irish trad Altan) and Flos great new duet album Featuring tunes and airs from Ireland, France, England and Canada. There are Jigs, reels, waltzes, slow airs and a lovely French song of love lost. As well as playing accordion, Dermot gives us a great set of toe-tapping Donegal tunes on melodeon. Flo also shows another side when she plays piano and sings on an ethereal French song about a lost love remembered. They have also invited some friends along to join in the fun on the album with the likes of guitar player Tim Edey, cellist Eimear OGrady, percussionist Tommy Hayes, Mary Shannon on mandolin, and Frank Kilkelly also contributes some swing-style guitar. Brendan ORegan adds to the mix with his well honed production and musical skills. All in all, its a delight! The album was recorded in Brendan ORegans studio in Ballinderreen, and produced by Dermot, Flo & Brendan. As well as accordion, Dermot plays melodeon on one track, and as well as playing harp throughout, Flo also plays piano, and her voice features on a haunting French song. The album is quite varied, with a mixture of mostly Irish and French pieces. It includes some lovely contributions on guitar from Tim Edey, cellist Eimear OGrady, percussion maestro Tommy Hayes, Mary Shannon on mandolin, swing guitarist Frank Kilkelly, and of course Brendan ORegan himself on mandolin, guitar, keyboards and bass.
Dermot Byrne Dermot Byrne & Floriane Blanke