Paul Roche - Flute, Whistle, Vocals.
Kieran Hanrahan - Banjo, Mandolin, Bouzouki, Harmonica
Maurice Lennon - Fiddle, Vocals
Tommy Hayes - Bodhran, Jew's Harp
Tony Callanan - Vocals, Guitar
Stockton's Wing immediately brings
a picture to my mind of five brilliant individual performers; Maurice
Lennon from Leitrim on fiddle, Tommy Hayes, a native of West Limerick,
on Bodhran and Jew's Hark, Kieran Hanrahan and Paul Roche, Banjo
and Flute respectively, both from Ennis in Co. Clare, and lastly
Tony Callanan who hails from Loughrea in Co. Galway, singer and
guitarist; a virtual who's who of All-Ireland winner.
When I first heard that these five
lads had teamed up, I wasn't at all surprised, mildly curious through,
to say the least, of the resulting sound and approach to the music.
I satisfied that curiosity by attending
a concert at which they performed in Ennis. I was deeply impressed
and have had the pleasure since then of hearing them many times.
These five lads from diverse areas
of Ireland, musically as well as geographically knitting together
as few teams can, give a performance to be enjoyed immensely and
derive obvious enjoyment from so doing.
They combine the vitality of youth
with the maturity rarely found in such musicians, while their progressive
approach in no way interferes with the depths of tradition evident
in their playing.
The material on this album, which speaks
for itself, is a general selection from their vast repertoire.