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FAREWELL TO LISSY CASEY "The Traditional Music of County Clare" Ossian Publications OSCD 79
THE MOUNTAIN ROAD "The Traditional Music of Cork & Kerry"
Ossian Publications OSCD 84

Two absolutely delightful albums each packed full of music and song. The recordings range from the 1950s through to the 1990s some coming from the Topic archives, others from American recordings on Smithsonian/Folkways together with new recordings from people like Sharon Shannon, Jackie Daly and Matt Cranitch.

Don't get the impression that this is simply archive material, the CDs are brimming over with life. Traditional musicians are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of preserving local styles. In gathering together a broad repertoire of music from a particular area on each CD it gives the listener an appreciation of this local musical dialect instead of it being simply "Irish music".

These are essential albums for anybody with a serious interest in traditional music and great listening for anybody who has been introduced to Irish music by the popular touring bands. Inevitably they will also lead you to the wider delights of Ossian's extensive catalogue of traditional music.

John Muirhead

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This album was reviewed in Issue 15 of The Living Tradition magazine.