Liam O'Flynn is of course best known for his contribution to Planxty — possibly the most influential folk group of all time.
Here, though, he pays tribute to his mentors, who included three of the greatest pipers of the 20th century: Leo Rowsome, Séamus Ennis and Willie Clancy. All the pieces are pipes solos, pure and simple: some played on a concert set, and some on the treasured flat set he inherited from Séamus.
The jewel of the album for me is Willie Clancy's version of the wonderful seven-part jig "The Gold Ring". Liam has also recorded this with other musicians on The Piper's Call, but I prefer the uncluttered version found here.
01) I'm Waiting For You/The Sailor's Cravat 02) Johnny McGrevey's/Sweeping the Cobwebs Out of the Sky 03) Dark Lochnagar 04) The Queen of the Fairies/Callaghan's 05) Cherish the Ladies 06) Eddie Moloney's/Connie Connell's 07) The Gold Ring 08) A Stór Mo Chroí 09) Paddy Taylor's/Ballingarry/Kitty of Oulart 10) An tSean Bhean Bhocht/Atlantic Sounds 11) The Factory Girls 12) The Green Groves of Erin/Miss Thornton's