The three most influential groups in traditional Irish music—the Bothy Band, Planxty, and the Chieftains—have only one man in common. He is Matt Molloy, and this is his landmark solo album, which first showed why he is often referred to as the greatest flute player ever. He puts his own indelible stamp on his tunes by virtue of singularly dazzling flute-playing.
If there is one instrument which seems tailor-made to complement the consummate flute playing of Matt Molloy, it is the fiddle Whether playing with Sean Keane or with Tommy Peoples, Matt just seems like he is plugged into another, a greater, source. Paul Brady is not just another sideman. He also sings a definitive version of The Shamrock Shore, and plays a couple of reels on a brilliant guitar solo. An album for connoisseurs.