The second album from this Traditional Irish folk ensemble. Being a "blow-in" to the Emerald Isle (as us foreigners are quaintly termed) i don't profess to have a great knowledge of this genre but i would imagine this is probably almost as good as it gets?
I've often found albums full of just instrumental jigs and reels (however good they are) to be a bit too overpowering, so it's nice that this album has a combination of both vocal songs and instrumentals equally interspersed throughout the CD.
The singer Niamh Parsons has a classic sounding folk voice and sings beautifully throughout aided, with some aplomb, on a couple of tracks by a backing group (2 men and one woman) named the "voice squad" who all harmonize perfectly. The one track "the rambling irishman" really reminded me of pub folk evenings of years gone by in England.
All the jigs/reels/hornpipes sound top class to my ears but i must admit i find it difficult to differentiate between them and prefer the songs with vocals.
A fine introduction for us novices and i would imagine a treat for aficionados?