Andy Irvine / Paul Brady

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10 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Plains of Kildare 4:12 882
2 Lough Erne Shore 3:43 578
3 Fred Finn's Reel & Sailing into Walpole's Marsh 2:33 93
4 Bonny Woodhall 5:15 548
5 Arthur McBride 7:05 695
6 The Jolly Soldier & The Blarney Pilgrim 5:38 101
7 Autumn Gold 3:50 494
8 Mary and the Soldier 3:46 632
9 Streets of Derry 3:52 504
10 Martinmas Time & The Little Stack of Wheat 5:58 93

About this album

There are great instrumental tunes on this disc, as well as some of the greatest songs in the seemingly bottomless well that Irish singers have been digging for centuries. The songs are delivered in wonderful style by both singers — these two men’s voices have become legendary in the genre. Andy was a founding member of both Planxty and Patrick Street, two incredible Irish bands who have given the world so much amazing music over the last 30 years. Paul also did a short stint with Planxty, and has blossomed into one of Ireland’s most respected singer-songwriters. Hearing the work of either of them is a treat — hearing them together is heaven…

The album kicks off with the charming ‘Plains of Kildare’, the story of a talking racehorse, sung in grand style by Andy. Paul follows with ‘Lough Erne shore’, a classic Irish love ballad, beautifully delivered. Paul’s version of the anti-recruiting ballad ‘Arthur McBride’ has become the standard by which other renditions are judged. ‘Mary and the soldier’, sung here by Paul, has found its way into the repertoire of contemporary folkie Lucy Kaplansky (on her FLESH AND BONE cd).

There are several other standouts among the songs on this disc, but mention should also be made of the great instrumental tunes, where all the players are given a chance to shine. ‘Fred Finn’s reel/Sailing into Walpole’s Marsh’ contains some stunning interplay between Paul’s guitar and the flying fiddle of Kevin Burke; and Donal Lunny’s trademark bouzouki work is present throughout the disc.

From beginning to end and back again, this is a disc that bears repeated listening, which will continue to be a milestone in Irish music.

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