If your taste in music is Irish Traditional flute, whistle and small, gentle and sensitive group dynamics with innovation allowed, this is a must have album. This is indeed my taste and I would give it 6 stars if I could.
Laurence plays in a very relaxed manner which belies the fact that what he is indeed doing is extremely difficult. The point of recognized mastery is that it sounds effortless. He is a consumate master of the flute and whistle. He is accompanied here with one of my favorite fiddle players, Martin Hayes, and one of my favorite guitar players, Dennis Cahill. Larry Gray sweetens the sound tapestry of counterpoint harmony with Cello and Bass. Ray Quinn also adds bass, including a unique style of following the lead tune two octaves lower. This results in exquisite, auditory poetry. Two of my favorite bodhran players join the livelier pieces, Jimmy Higgins and Jackie Moran. Jackie adds a unique rhythm in tracks 10 and 11 with doumbek and djembe. Laurence is joined by Kevin Henry in the Ash Plant set with a wonderful, unaccompanied, twin flute performance.
At this point in time, this album is on the endangered list of becoming an extinct lost gem. I am taking it up as my Spotted Owl album cause. I would encourage distributors to carry at least a few copies obtained from the recording company to bring the price down again. This album belongs to the heritage of the music, the appreciative fans of this style of music and an inspiration to young musicians. It belongs in pubs everywhere as background music as well as in Irish Traditional Music collections.