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MAIDHC DAININ O SE & CAOIMHIN O SE "O Thuaidh" THUA001

Father Maidhc emigrated from West Kerry to Chicago, where he married and, amongst other things, produced son Caomhin, before they both returned to the town of Carrachan. Both have been heavily involved in traditional arts and now they have put together this release which features Maidhc's accordion and Caomhin's flutes and whistles, plus their singing. They have musical support from Liam O Maonlai, keyboards, harp and bodhran; Steve Cooney, guitar; Con Durham, uillean pipes; Andrea Power, bodhran; and Greg Sheehan, percussion.

Steve Cooney also assisted in the production, so what we get here is a good mixture of marches, barndances, hornpipes, polkas, reels, jigs, slow airs, all reminiscent of a really good session, played by friends enjoying themselves - and I mean that in a positive sense. There are also a couple of songs in Gaelic, Caomhin's Reidchnoc Mna Duibh and Maidhc's Cois Chalaithne an Ghoilin. Both of these are approached in the sean-nos style, and the lyrics are printed in the notes, but only in Gaelic.

Oh yes, the title. That translates as "to the north" and is used as an encouragement at sporting and social events for parishioners of the north west of Dingle. Not that these folk need much in the way of encouragement!

Gordon Potter

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This album was reviewed in Issue 48 of The Living Tradition magazine.