Come West Along the Road 2

Come West Along the Road 2

Irish traditional music treasures from the RTÉ TV archives 1960-1980. Songs from singers in Irish and English; jigs; reels; hornpipes and airs from solo musicians and groups; step dances, set dances and céilí dances from exhibition and social dancers – each DVD contains almost two and a half hours of music from across the rich spectrum of Irish traditional music.

This second installment of film clips from the RTE Archives, totals 152 minutes (52 clips) and dates from the 1960s to the 1980s. Like the first DVD, there's a wide range of material, including clips of the heroes of the 1970s revival, but in slightly different situations. From the Bothy Band concert featured on Vol. 1, Kevin Burke is shown singing the hilarious "Mrs. Gilhooley's Party," with impeccable comedic timing and great lilting to boot; Andy Irvine, Paul Brady, and Donal Lunny give a powerful performance of Irvine's Balkan-tinged arrangement of "Plains of Kildare"; Frankie Gavin, Jackie Daly, and Alec Finn deliver a lively set of reels; and Dolores Keane and Reel Union give a wonderful rendition of "Craigie Hills."

Clips feature some of the well-known figures of the tradition, like Fred Finn and Peter Horan, Seamus Ennis, and Larry McDonagh. Some of the much lesser known players are also a delight, like Mary Brogan on the harmonica, Liz King on the whistle, and Ella Mae Dwyer on the concertina. The Donegal fiddle tradition is well represented, with a clip featuring seven fiddle players among whom are Con Cassidy, Francie Byrne, Vincent Campbell, and James Byrne. Another clip shows a very young Brid Harper already demonstrating her considerable talent on the fiddle, and another is of fiddle player Michael Gallagher, with a young Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh looking on. There also a few noteworthy clips of dancing, some great sean-nos steps by Paidi Ban O'Broin, and a lovely group dance choreographed to resemble the famous Tara brooch.


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