Paddy a Go Go

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"The secret life of Eileen Ivers" sounds like a mystery or suspense thriller, but it could feasibly be the subtitle of this album. Recorded live in New York in 1994, Paddy a Go Go also includes Pat McGuire on vocals and guitar and Black 47's Chris Byrne on uilleann pipes, whistle, and vocals; guest Brian O'Neill contributes on keyboards. Since this was recorded prior to Riverdance, most of Ivers' well-known fiddle work up until 1994 was traditionally based as a result of her association with Cherish the Ladies and the Green Fields of America and her numerous recording sessions. As a member of Paddy a Go Go, Ivers adapts her playing to suit whatever paths this band takes, be it rock, reggae, hip-hop, funk, or folk. For a traditionally trained fiddler, she is quite flexible and effective in these various pop stylings. Chris Byrne (who goes by the name Seanchai on side projects) provides the rapping in his patented tough-guy style, but more impressive are his abilities on pipes and tin whistle, which he also adapts impressively to the whims of the band. His song "Walk All the Days" debuts on this recording and has since found its way on two Black 47 albums, Green Suede Shoes and Live in New York City. Guitarist and singer Pat McGuire is something of Byrne's alter ego, as his confident and clear voice is the ideal foil to the cocky and tedious diatribes of the Irish piper.

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