Take A Chance was originally released in 1980 when
Singer/songwriter, Mike Hanrahan, replaced Tony Callinan. This their
second album on Tara featured for the first time, from Stockton's
Wing some original music and marked the arrival of a progressive
force into the world of Irish music.The album also features the
voice of Maura O'Connell who later went on to gain international
recognition with De Dannan and in her own right. Prior to this Maura
and Mike Hanrahan had been performing together as a duo called Tumbelweed.
In addition to a fine selection of Reels & Jigs including, 'Boys
Of The Lough & The Star of Munster', 'The Frost Is All
Over & The Queen Of The Rushes' and 'Austin Tierneys, Hughie
Travers, Jenny's Chickens' the album also contains three songs
from Mike Hanrahan 'Ten Thousand Miles', 'Fiddler John'
and his own composition 'Take A Chance' which was to pave the
way for the group's later success with his compositions 'Beautiful
Affair' and 'Walk Away'.
Another track on the album 'The Postman' must
surely have been the first bodhran solo to feature on an Irish traditional
album. Master bodhran player and percussionist Tommy (Spoons) Hayes
at his flying best.
The success of Take A Chance launched Stockton's Wing
on the European market and in the years that followed, they toured
extensively, creating a storm of enthusiasm at major Folk Festivals
"Though the group's movement from traditional Irish music
toward a more contemporary sound is generally held to date from
Light in the Western Sky, Stockton's Wing was already playing with
other ideas on Take a Chance. Though most of the music here consists
of spirited versions of traditional tunes, there's a hint of Nashville
pop around the vocal arrangements on the title song and "Ten Thousand
Miles." Take a Chance is an album that a strict traditionalist can
still enjoy, but one that shows at least a hint of what was to come."
Richard Foss All Music Guide