||Sunshine and Showers
||The Goat Jig
||The Road West
||Rockin' the Boat
||The Venusian Waltz
||Into the New
||A Half-hour of Hours
||Out To Sea
||The Carna Czardas
- Guitars, Tiplč, Acoustic Bass
- Fiddle, Viola
- Keyboards, Mandocello, String Arrangements
- Banjo & Mandolin
- Alto, Soprano & Baritone Saxophones, Clarinet,
- Fiddle, Viola, Vocals, String Arrangements
- Hammond Organ
Jimmy Higgins Snr.
Jimmy Higgins Jnr.
, Áine Ní Shioradáin
, Maeve Canavan
Recorded at Sun Street Studios, Tuam
Engineered by Kenny Ralph
Sun Street Studios, Tuam, by Kenny Ralph
The Cauldron, Dublin, by Ciaran Byrne
Track 2 mixed at OpenEar Studio, Oughterard, by Bruno Staehelin
Produced by Máirtín O'Connor
Mastered by Robyn Robins at Mid Atlantic Digital, Enniskillen.
Cover Drawing by Joe Boske
Back Cover Photograph by Sietske O'Connor
Cover Design by Johan Hofsteenge.
To all who participated on this recording - a huge
Special thanks to: Gerry and Marie Reilly,
Richard Brennan, Holly and Jim, Kathy Jordan for the animal, Mary
Ralph, Garry O'Briain, Bill and Denise, Conor and Susan, Carmel,
Brendan O'Regan, Joe Boske, Barry Moore, Steve Cooney, Tommy Hayes,
Padraig Stevens, the Sawdoctors, Anna Houston, John and Allison
Hesnan, Sean and Irene Moloney, Robyn Robins and Miko for the fish.
Dedicated to my parents Tom and Kathleen; my sisters
Marian and Kate and my brother Tom, my wife Sietske and our children
Trudy, Tom, Sinead and Ciara.
Seamus O'Dowd: Guitars on all tracks
except 8; Tiplč on track 5; Bass on tracks 2, 3, 5, 11
Ken Edge: Saxes and Clarinet on tracks, 1, 2, 4, 9, 10
Garry O'Briain: Keyboards on tracks 6, 13; Mandocello on track 13
Jimmy Higgins Snr.: Flügelhorn on tracks 1, 9
Jimmy Higgins Jnr.: Percussion on tracks 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12
Liam Bradley: Percussion on tracks 4, 8, 9, 10
James Blennerhasset: Bass on tracks 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Cathal Hayden: Fiddle on track 10
Brendan O'Regan: Bouzouki on track 8
Nollaig Casey: Fiddle and Viola on tracks 2, 6
Gerry O'Connor: Mandolin on track 8; Banjo on track 13
Máire Breathnach: Fiddle on track 1; Viola, Fiddle, Vocals on track
Bill Shanley: Hammond Organ on track 8
Kevin Hough, Áine Ní Shioradáin, Maeve Canavan, Martin Smith: Vocals
on track 12
Thanks to Saltarelle
The Cuckoo comes in April
She sings her song in May
She changes her tune
In the month of June
And July she flies away
Our perennial visitor from the South makes her appearance in this
opening tune. Many thanks to Ken Edge for his beautiful brass arrangement.
Sunshine and Showers
probably the most common meteorological term in Ireland. Brendan
O'Regan suggested that it should have a reggae Flavour, which provides
more than enough sunshine.
The Goat Jig
A tune depicting a goat fight on a precipice. Needless to say, the
The Road West
I received a phone call from Brendan Flynn of the Cliften Community
Arts Week one Sunday morning, confirming an engagement for me to
play there one hour later. This obviously resulted in a trip of
great haste, following the contours of the Conemara landscape with
all its twists and turns.
Dedicated to all who take the road West from wherever....
Rockin' the Boat
Bob Quinn's 'Atlantean' was a thought-provoking documentary series
in the early 80's which challenged our preconceived notions as Celts.
It suggested more tenuous cultural links with North Africa and the
Arab world than we may have realized.
The Venusian Waltz
I feel that this waltz has an other-worldly quality to it, which
is further enhanced by Garry's lovely string arrangement.
The title of this swing jazz elongated hornpipe was suggested to
me by my friend Holly. Irony should have it that I found myself
in the same busy Galway street when I first heard that Joe Derrane
had hit town. It was wonderful to meet this legend, who has inspired
many people, both as a human being and a great musician. This is
for you Joe.
The Inagh valley, in the heart of Connemara, is one of the most
spiritual places on this planet, hence....
Into the New
A belated Millennium tune - but at least well on time for the next
As the title suggests, an upbeat, lighthearted tune written under
the influence of life.
A Half-hour of Hours
My daughter Ciara, when learning to read the time, called me over
to the clock and said "Now I understand, daddy - between the
three and the nine there is a half-hour of hours - isn't that right,
dad?" What could I say?
Out To Sea
This set of three slip jigs is a musical homage to the sea, beside
which I spent my early youth. I am delighted to be joined on the
third tune, aptly enough, by some members of the Cois Cladaigh Choir,
intoning Óró Farraige. Many thanks to Máire Breathnach
for her creative vocal and instrumental contribution on this track
The Carna Czardas
In the spirit of the moment, this set took off and kept gathering
momentum almost in a czardas-like fashion.