The Red Crow

Altan: The Red Crow
  1. The Yellow Tinker / Lady Montgomery / The Merry Harriers
  2. Con Cassidy’s / Dusty Millar
  3. The Flower of Magherally
  4. Brenda Stubbert’s / Breen’s / The Red Box
  5. Inis Dhún Rámha
  6. Jimmy Lyon’s / The Teelin Highlands / The Red Crow / The Broken Bridge
  7. Moll Dubh a’ Ghleanna
  8. The Wedding Jig / Hiúdaí Gallagher’s March / James Byrne’s Jigs /
    Mickey Doherty’s / Welcome Home Grainne
  9. Mallaí Chroch Shli
  10. Tommy Bhetty’s Waltz
  11. The Emyvale / Ríl Gan Ainm / The Three Merry Sisters of Fate

“This 1990 release nicely mixes reels, jigs, and songs from the Celtic group whose career was about to peak with 1992’s Harvest Storm and 1993’s Island AngelThe Red Crow resembles other Altan albums in energy and traditional music selections but stands out for its variety of guest accompanists, which includes pianist Séamus Quinn, mandolin player Niall Toner, and keyboardist Máire Breathnach. In fact, “Mallaí Chroich Shlí” is one of those rare–perhaps only–cuts where ambient synthesizer appears on an Altan song–and tastefully at that. Other highlights include the lovely “Tommy Bhetty’s Waltz” and “Inis Dhún Rámha,” dominated by a bouncing acoustic guitar. Overall, there’s a great variety of hardcore Altan fun here with a bit of New Age softness and folkie flavor thrown in.” –Karen Karleski


Track 11: The Emyvale

Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Vocals, Fiddle
Frankie Kennedy, Flute
Paul O’Shaughnessy, Fiddle
Ciarán Curran, Bouzouki
Mark Kelly, Guitar

With: Johnny ‘Ringo’ McDonagh, Marie Askin, Dermot Byrne, Séamus Quinn, Garvan Gallagher, Dónal Lunny, Máire Bhreathnach, Niall Toner, P.J. Curtis.

P.J. Curtis – Producer
Dan Fitzgerald – Engineer
Pete McGrath – Assistant Engineer
Mary McShane – Assistant Engineer
Greenberg Kingsley – Design
Ross Wilson – Artwork

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