The Irish Echo

The exciting sound this all-instrumental band creates is even betterthan that heard on their superb debut recording in 1997. KevinCrawford, Sean Smyth, Trevor Hutchinson, and Donogh Hennessey combine astrong sense of spontaneity and risk-taking with remarkable disciplineand outstanding talent. Even hard-charging dance tunes, such as “TheFloating Crowbar/McGlinchey’s/The Almost Reel,” display deft,jazz-inspired flourishes, while in the slow reel “Miller of Drohan,” theband shows a more ruminative, delicate side of their music-making,especially through Hutchinson’s playing of cello and bowed bass. Everytrack is a keeper on this albumn, bursting with that altogether rareblend of intelligence, innovation, virtuosity, and passion.

-Earle Hitchner