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1 Eirigh 's Cuir Ort Do Chuid Eadaigh (Arise Now and Dress Yourself)
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2 Tommy Peoples/The Road to Cashel/The Repeal of the Union/Richie's Reel
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3 Is the Big Man Within?/Tilly Finn's Reel
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4 Adieu, My Lovely Nancy
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5 Bo Mhin Na Toitean/Con McGinley's Highland/Seanamhach Tube Station
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6 Amhran Pheadair Bhreathnaigh
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7 Roseville
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8 As I Roved Out
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9 Sport
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10 Humours of Castlefin/Nia's Dance/An Duidin
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11 Wind and Rain
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12 Silver Slipper
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13 Dun Do Shuil (Close Your Eyes)
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Editorial Review of Local Ground:

For their 10th album, the veteran Irish ensemble has gathered 13 traditional and newly composed tunes. These are transformed via singer/fiddler Mairéad ní Mhaonaigh¹s Gaelic-speaking Donegal birthright and gussied up by the group¹s modern yet reassuringly earthy acoustic arrangements. The set list includes several of the jaunty dance tunes that are the soul of Irish music; Is the Big Man Within/Tilly Finn¹s Reel is an especially fine example. But Ní Mhaonaigh¹s fragile, girlish soprano creates many of the album¹s most memorable moments, Adieu My Lovely Nancy and a lullaby, Dun Do Shuil linger in the heart and ear. She and her husband, accordionist Dermot Byrne, own a pub in a small village called Teelin and it must be a great place for musicians to swap songs and tell tales. Indeed, the entire album has home-town warmth to it, a sense of achieved heritage that is at once soothing and invigorating. --Christina Roden

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Member Name: haynes9
Date Posted: 19-Jan-2007

Comments: First new release in a while for this great Irish band. Not a weak song in the bunch. Frankie Kennedy would be proud to see how the bad he founded has stayed true to their roots. Tremendous musicianship and clever lyrics make for an enjoyable listen. Altan is as good as ever!


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