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3.0 out of 5 stars It's a rebadged "Lead the Knave"!, 12 May 2011
This review is from: Traditional Irish Jigs, Reels And Airs (Audio CD)
The previous reviewer says more or less this is a hotchpotch of music, gathered from a variety of sources.

Actually, it is exactly the same track listing as the album by the two named musicians called "Lead the Knave", originally released in 1989. Far from being a farrago from hither and thither, it is an eclectic collection of tunes as originally released together. To my mind, it is an outstanding album, suggesting Artie McGlynn's wide-ranging interests but respect for the best of Irish and international traditional musics (without anything cloying or incense-laden - the most pensive track on the album is the genuinely beautiful and unfulsomely yearning "Cape Clear"). Nollaig may be a musical pivot that brings the music back to Ireland, but she plays with spirit and lift as well as consistency.

For this reason, I wouldn't agree that the cover image - or title - of this rebadged album represents the contents well. Rather, both title and image suggest an ill-advised attempt by whoever released this album to cash in on the American faux-romatic mystical-nostalgic market.

The original album has a phot of the two players, track listing with musicainas credited, and a sleevenote by Paul Brady.

I cannot comment on the reproduction quality of this rebadged product. But the original "Lead the Knave" is good quality - some tracks at higher volume quality than others, but otherwise true.

Buy the more faithful and honest original, you will enjoy it!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Rockin' in the rhythm, 8 May 2010
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This review is from: Traditional Irish Jigs, Reels And Airs (Audio CD)
The cover photo, cross-legged dancer digitally perched atop a crag, is a good representation of this album, which is rather a strange composite. Compiled from I know not what sources, the tracks are a disparate, mixed bag: some rockin'-in-the-rhythm pieces on electric guitar; keyboardy slow airs; a Balkan medley; touches of classical and lounge jazz; and more conventional Irish sets duetted on guitar and fiddle. I don't know much about Nollaig Casey; her performances here, on the whole, are solid rather than spectacular. McGlynn, on the other hand, is probably the best guitarist working within traditional Irish music, and rarely fails to get your toe tapping.

Overall, in the 'worth a punt at the price' category.
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