Well, gille liath has every right to his (her?) opinion, but, for me anyway,it's impossible to listen to this gem without being transported back to London in the 1960s. Back then, music in The Favourite and other pubs in Camden Town, Kilburn and the Irish working class areas of London was as essential as Sunday Mass, holiday stamps, a games of darts, a twenty-fives drive and, of course, a half-one to round off the evening.
There isn't a duff track on this collection. It's an eloquent testament to the men and women whose sweat and often blood rebuilt much of Britain at a time when the only thing to be found in abundance back in Ireland was a lack of opportunity. The music they brought with them from Clare, Galway, Mayo and every other County in Ireland was both a way of connecting to those back home and a familiar pleasure. And whilst it's true that the music was often performed against a backdrop of loud conversation, it still soaked into the bones of all who were there. Gille, take a ride on the Victoria Line, gaze up at Centrepoint, raise a glass to the memory of the lads who jumped up on the back of lorry in Kilburn, then give it another go.