Traditional Irish music has always been very strong among the children of Irish emigrants to Britain. The London Lasses are representative of this 'next generation', performing music from just about every county in Ireland with a vibrancy and perspective that produces a unique 'London style'. To coincide with the release of their second album, TRACK ACROSS THE DEEP (LL002), this is a reissue of their debut album, first released to considerable acclaim in 2000. At the time the Lasses were a quartet: Karen Ryan (fiddle,whistles), Elaine Conwell (fiddle), Sharon Whelton (flute,whistles) and Bernie Conneely (banjo), joined by Pete Quinn (piano) and Sue Cullen (vocals). The Rough Guide To Irish Music called this album "One of the most remarkable releases of 2000".
I can't recommend the London Lasses highly enough to all of you that have an ear for music with class stamped throughout it -- Pete Fyfe, Musicians Union
The band brought fire and plenty of rhythmic energy to a capacity audience in the musical heart of Sligo -- Oisin MacDiarmada, Irish Music Magazine
They're a terrific new group of London Irish women, great musicians coming from a long line of traditional players ... at Sidmouth they took the roof off the marquee -- Mike Harding, Folk on Two, BBC Radio 2
`the album shows off their combined musical talents brilliantly'
-- Traditional Music Maker
a classy, formidable act -- The Irish Post
fast internal beat ...with a fair ould punch to it -- The Irish Times
fresh and inventive, diverse and entertaining while never being anything less than totally traditional -- Ron Kavana, Musical Traditions
it was a pleasure to hear such a spirited band who obviously enjoy the music they play so much -- Vicky Williamson, Cambridge Folk Festival
the album shows off their combined musical talents brilliantly -- Traditional Music Maker
they look great and sound great -- The Irish World
they win over their audience by the sheer range of their magical, musical accomplishment -- Ri- Ra magazine