Sleevenotes & Audio Clips
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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
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.
It was short-lived. The fiddle player left before the Bothy Band
ever recorded or played outside Ireland; and he remained incomparitive
obscurity while the piper went on to fame, if not fortune. But the
recent lull in Bothy Band activity has allowed the amazing Paddy
Keenan to indulge once more in the crack of his fancy; and an immediate
priority has been for him to resume (on an occasional basis) his
partnership with Paddy Glackin.
Undoubtedly, both players are not just the finest, but the most
exciting young musicians in Ireland.
Hearinfg Keenan playing hear you get some measure of the discipline
that working in a band context has imposed on him; without any restrictions
he really lets rip on his two solos, The Bunch of Keys and Roisin
Dubh. And Glackin's playing is gloriously sympathetic, though he
too shows he can be equally dramatic when the time is right.
Such is the fervour stirred between them that it transends the normal
limitations in appeal of instrumental albums, and the tasteful occasional
additions of Donal Lunny and Noel Kenny support them without distracting.
It grips you from the first note of The Mountain Road and remains