GLACKIN & PADDY KEENAN
Paddy Glackin and Paddy Keenan have a lot in common (besides the name!) - both grew up in Dublin City; Paddy Glackin on the North side of the Liffey, in Clontarf and Paddy Keenan on the South side, in Ballyfermot. They were each strongly influenced by their fathers, both of whom play the same instruments as their sons - John Keenan the uilleann pipes and Tom Glackin the fiddle. They first played together in a band call 'Seachtar'. Paddy Glackin left the band when they decided to turn professional and rename as 'The Bothy Band' he did however reunite with Paddy Keenan to record the classic album 'Doublin'.
"1979 was the year when Doublin' first unleashed itself on
a world of traditional music still recovering from the demise of The Bothy
Band. The fact that here was a past and original member of the smae band
making their own duet album didn't escape the audiences. Now both parties
are established in their own right and Doublin' makes its way to CD, a
wild and powerful collection of fiddle and pipes duets, solos and occasional
guest slot from Donal Lunny and Noel Kenny adding spice and variety. The
Mountain Road and The Boyne Hunt almost take off such is their
ferocity while The Plains of Boyle and Castkekelly add athoughtful
side. Paddy Glackin's handling of Jenny's Welcome To Charlie with
Lunny's forceful blarge accompaniment takes no prisoners while Paddy Keenan's
solo on Roisin Dubh literally kills. Doublin' is raw, wild, tasteful
and marvellous all ar once."
"I have a tape, jealously guarded, of one of the
first gigs the Bothy Band ever played. Electirifying stuff it is; a major
revelation when I first heard it, not least for the astonishing compatibility
and explosion between the fiddle player and The piper.