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Mick McAuley and Winifred Horan are two members of Solas, striking out on the side with this duet album. Well, it has their names on it, but Donal Clancy adds plenty of accompaniment on guitar, bouzouki, and mandolin, with Chico Huff on acoustic bass for most of the tracks, and Paul Gurney playing electric bass on one track. They start out quite traditionally with a set of fiery reels that highlights their playing, both as a duo and individually. But although they keep a strong grounding in Irish music, it's just a springboard to their breadth. "The Joyous Waltz" takes Irish music into the sidewalk cafes of Paris, while their gentle version of "After the Gold Rush" soothes. They can play superbly, and the backing is unobtrusive and sympathetic. If there's one drawback to the disc, it's that Horan's overdubbed fiddles sometimes become almost orchestral, rubbing away the raw edge that's part of the fun in the music, and distracts from the earthy pleasures of the record. But that's minor; there's plenty to delight here in the fire of the musicianship and the deep joy and empathy between the players.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/10/2006
Label: Compass Records
UPC: 0766397441627
catalogNumber: 4416
Rank: 62681

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mick McAuley   Primary Artist,Percussion,Accordion,Keyboards,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Bodhran,Low Whistle
Winifred Horan   Fiddle,Strings,Vocals
Chico Huff   Double Bass,Acoustic Bass
Paul Gurney   Electric Bass,Bass Guitar
Donal Clancy   Bouzouki,Guitar,Mandolin

Technical Credits

Neil Young   Composer
Jerry Holland   Composer
Winifred Horan   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Mick McAuley   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Paul Gurney   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Donal Clancy   Arranger

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