I like this disc very much. It is a collection of traditional Irish tunes arranged for a small chamber ensemble of lute, harpsichord, viola da gamba, violin and flute with an early Irish Harp. The effect is a delight: the melodies themselves have a generally wistful, melancholy feel and are some of the loveliest from the Irish tradition, and these arrangements are excellent.
In a way it's a slightly odd to have a 17th Century consort of instruments performing this music, and the effect is certainly more of a chamber concert than a folk club, but both the music and the musicians are more than adequate to the unusual context. The melodies work very well for this group of instruments, and les Witches play beautifully. They are technically very good and have a delicacy, restraint and mutual understanding which really allows the music to glow. I am used to hearing Irish dances played with a bit more verve and vigour sometimes, but that's not the point of this disc and this approach seems perfectly valid to me, even if it's a little unfamiliar.
I imagine quite a few people who enjoyed Jordi Savall's Celtic Viol discs will be interested in this. It has quite a different feel, bit is no less lovely and satisfying. The recorded sound from Alpha is, as always, excellent, as are the notes and presentation. It's a cracking disc and very warmly recommended.