Finbar & Eddie Furey

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Castle's two-disc Collection of Irish folk from the brothers Furey is culled from the duo's first two Transatlantic albums, The Lonesome Boatman and their 1968 self-titled debut. Also included are a handful of tracks from a Finbar solo outing called Traditional Irish Pipe Music. All of these tracks are top-notch examples of late-'60s instrumental traditional Celtic folk, with a heavy emphasis on the Irish small pipes. As a litmus test for potential fans of the Fureys, one of Ireland's most beloved family bands, this compilation is without a peer, as Finbar and Eddie's pre-Fureys work merely lacks the more vocal-heavy, song-based material of their work with brothers Paul and George. Fans of stark, simple, and expertly played Irish music without all of the bells and whistles of modern recording (think Planxty, the Bothy Band, etc.) will find much to love here.

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