Paddy Carty

Traditional Music of Ireland: Irish Flute & Banjo [1976]

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This is a classic recording of Irish folk music actually being passed from one generation to another right before one's ears. The recording itself has also been passed along from one generation to the next, often with a slightly different title in each incarnation. The session that originally teamed elder flutist Paddy Carty with young upstart banjoist Mick O' Connor has also been released as Irish Flute and Banjo, and the 1997 compact disc is Traditional Irish Music, a slight reshuffling of words that won't hide what the track list makes so evident: it is all the same recording. Half of the music consists of duets while the other half consists of reels and jigs played solo by Mick O'Connor. What a beautiful studio session, and what a lovely collection of tracks, each one usually featuring two or three different traditional themes woven together. Tone is everything on flute, it seems, and Carty has such a strong control of the sound, sometimes seeming to come whistling in on the wind. The banjo player, who poses with a guitar on the cover, made great contributions to the traditional scene over the years and here shows that even in his early twenties he was playing great. This one is worth owning under any name.

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