Tracks

Coolfin

Dónal Lunny isn’t a legendary figure in Irish music for nothing. He helped revolutionize it with the Bothy Band, in addition to his own work and guesting on other peoples’ albums. So when he put a band together, it was bound to be interesting. With people like Nollaig Casey and John McSherry he had the cream of the crop, and a subtle electric rhythm section. Add in guests like Sharon Shannon, Eddi Reader, and the Ní Dhomnaill sisters, and you have a wealth of talent. But while the focus is very much on Irish music, the gaze does run wider, taking in Moldavia (“Moldavian Triptych,” featuring the glowing voice of Márta Sebestyén) and such traditional goodies as “The Lowlands of Holland” (with Reader) and “False Fly.” Most of the tunes, however, are from Lunny’s pen, and in this company they come across as a glorious, high-class session. Lunny himself is outstanding on bouzouki and guitar, but he never dominates, allowing this to be a real band album. […] there’s little doubt that the quality of the musicianship and arrangements marks a standard everyone else now has to measure up to, especially after “The Mouseskin Shoe and Dancing in Allihies.”

– Chris Nickson

Album Credits

Máire Breatnach – Fiddle
Stuart Bruce – Mixing
Jean Butler – Taps
Nollaig Casey – Composer, Fiddle, Viola
Alex Clark – Assistant Engineer
Roy Dodds – Percussion
Ray Fean – Drums
Graham Henderson – Keyboards
Dónal Lunny – Bodhran, Bouzouki, Composer, Guitar, Producer
Tim Martin – Engineer, Mixing
Declan Masterson – Composer
John McSherry – Uillean Pipes, Whistle (Human)
Marco Migliara – Assistant Engineer
Judy Murray – Production Coordination
Máiréad Nesbitt – Fiddle
Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill – Vocals
Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill – Vocals
Fionn Ó Lochlainn – Bass
Tommy Peoples – Composer
Eddi Reader – Vocals
Márta Sebestyén – Composer, Vocals
Sharon Shannon – Accordion
Dave Slevin – Assistant Engineer
Sean Smyth – Fiddle