|Donncha Ó Briain
|Irish Traditional Music on Tin Whistle
|Gael Linn CEFCD 199
|Pádraig Mac Niocaill
|Gael Linn CEFCD 200
Donncha Ó Briain: The Girl that Broke my Heart / Seán sa Cheo (ríleanna); Brendan Coombe's / Port Uí Chaoimh (poirt); The Boyne Hunt / Main ar an gCarraig (ríleanna); Thomond Bridge / An Londubh (cornphíopai); Port Sonny Brogan / Tatter Jack Walsh (poirt); The Maple Leaf / The Man of Aran (ríleanna); The Maid of Mont Cisco (ríl); Ríl Tom Martin / Green Fields of Rossbeigh / Jenny Picking Cockles (ríleanna); Ríl Dharach de Brún / Slán Ie hÉirinn (ríleanna); Ní ar Chnoc ná ar Ísleacht (fonn mall); Trim the Velvet / Scaipeadh na gCleití (ríleanna); The Butcher's March / The Queen of the Rushes (poirt); Kitty Gone a'Milkin' The Flogging Reel (ríleanna); Sporting Paddy / Ríl Josie McDermott (ríleanna); Cornphíopa Loch Garman / Dunphy's (cornphíopai); Richard Dwyer's / Spike Island Lasses (ríleanna); Dublin Reel / Ivy Leaf (ríleanna); Seán sa Cheo / Dunmore Lasses (ríleanna); Tom Billy's Jig (port); Port Tom Mór / The Flying Wheelchair (poirt) Johnny Connolly (bosca ceoil) agus Charlie Lennon (pianó).
As so often seems to be the case with Gael Linn these days, this is not a review, but a notification of old records being re-released on CD. This is frequently accompanied by a complaint that "the CD's half empty!" - but that's not quite the case with the first of these: the late Donncha Ó Briain's 1979 LP was already 52 minutes duration, and featured a lot of lovely playing. However, the Pádraig Mac Niocaill 1970 EP, despite having had some extra tracks added from a Raidió na Gaeltachta recording of 1975, still has only a 38 minute duration! To be honest, that was more than enough for me ... Irish tenors of the Josef Locke persuasion are not at all my cup of tea - nor, I would imagine, will be much enjoyed by many MT readers.
Pádraig Mac Niocaill: Mo Churachín; Maidin Dé Mairt; Bheir Mí Ó; An Crann Sí; Péarla an Bhrollaigh Bháin; Ó Dónaill Abú; Cumha an Fhile; Trasna na dTonnta; 'Sé Fáth mo Bhuartha; An Mhaighdean Chaoin; Thíos i Lár a' Ghleanna; Fáinne Geal an Lae; Eibhlín a Rún; Triall ar Inis Thiar.
At €18.00 each, these CDs don't come cheap either, considering that all you get is a CD, a cardboard package and a slim booklet.
Rod Stradling - 9.3.11
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