Celtic / World / Pop grooves. Charlie McKerron and John Saich from Capercaillie, with Laura McKerron. Also featuring Phil Bancroft, Tom Bancroft, Simon Bradley, Marc Duff, Garry Finlayson, Sandra MacKay, James Mackintosh, Brian MacAlpine, Michael McGoldrick, Iain MacLeod, David 'Chimp' Robertson, Davy Scott, Donald Shaw, Eilidh Shaw, Fraser Spiers and Chris Stout.
The Boys of the Lough -- The West of Ireland (Lough Records, 1999) This Scottish/Irish/UK band began touring in 1967 and this is their 18th album! The group currently consists of Aly Bain on fiddle (Shetlands), Cathal McConnell on flute, whistles and vocals (Co. Fermanagh), Dave Richardson on concertina, accordion, mandolin (Northumberland), Brendan Begley on accordion, melodeon, vocals (Co. Kerry) and Malcolm Stitt on guitar and bouzouki (Highlands). They are joined on this CD of Irish tunes and songs by excellent uillean piper Mick O'Brien on a set of Bb pipes (Dublin), and Garry O'Briain (Co. Clare), Ron Shaw on cello and Kathryn Tickell (Northumbria) on fiddle, viola and Northumbrian small pipes. This is a gentle, lovely album of precise, intricate playing. Onee highlight of the CD is the wonderful piping, particularly Tickell's Northumbrian pipes on "Small Coals and Little Money" and Mick O'Brien's very lovely air "My Bonnie Blue-Eyed Lassie" played on a rare set of B flat uillean pipes. The liner notes are excellent.