Rounder 11661-7063-2; 52 minutes; 2005
Another label change for the Irish-American band also sees more personnel changes with Connemara-born piano accordionist Mirella Murray and Belfast fiddler Roisin Dillon joining Kildare singer and the only remaining original members, the US pairing of whistle and flute player Joanie Madden and Mary Coogan on an assortment of guitars, mandolins, etc.
Add to that brew a massive guest list which includes Kate Rusby, Eddi Reader, Karen Mathieson, Phil Cunningham and Flook’s John Joe Kelly and you’d probably expect an exciting confection. Some of the instrumental tracks do sparkle, but are swamped by anodyne arrangements elsewhere, particularly a teeth-clenchingly awful version of Bogie’s Bonnie Belle which contains more cheese than a delicatessen.
This review by Geoff Wallis was written for Songlines magazine – www.songlines.co.uk.