Like your draw dropping open when you first saw Mo Farah or Usane Bolt at the Olympics you know you are witnessing something special given the combined talents of Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker & John Doyle taking to the stage and this CD magnificently captures that moment for posterity. Make no mistake, when this personable three-piece start playing they intend to take no prisoners and in spreading their Celtic passion and passing it amongst their audience like a sprinkling of fairy dust the end result is `magic'. Doyle injects a funky, rhythmic style in his guitar playing that would ignite the Olympic cauldron (Danny Boyle missed an opportunity there) whilst the fiddle/flute/pipes interplay from McGoldrick and McCusker assail your audio pleasure with exclamations of disbelief at the mastery of their chosen weapons. Like a shot of adrenaline individually and collectively the trio invigorate the listener with their mixture of traditional and self composed melodies and coupled with John's assured vocals (joined by guest Heidi Talbot on Nic Jones "Boys Of Bedlam") the lads combine in a musical camaraderie that just has to be experienced once in your lifetime. With the album coming in at a total of 1 hour 10 minutes I still (selfishly) want more. [...]
This is an album that I play repeatedly. I just cannot get enough of the collective sound of these three musicians. In addition to their enormous individual talent and flair they combine to produce a series of wonderful tracks. The fact that it is a live recording takes me away from my sitting room or car into a gig, a pint in my hand, my head full of wonderful tunes and my whole being in total enchantment.
The players are inventive and in harmony with each other. I think that Michael is the finest player of pipes and whistles and to experience his playing live is amazing, whether as part of this unit, Capercaillie, Transatlantic Sessions or the MM Big Band at Celtic Connections. His other CD's are worth a listen/purchase too, especially Fused.