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Album Review

Patrick Street albums don't come along every day, or even every year. The musicians are certainly the cream of the crop, with a long pedigree between them, as well as great skill and knowledge of the tradition. They're at their best on the tunes, if only because Andy Irvine, for all that he's been around, isn't the world's greatest Irish singer. That said, he does a fair job on "Sergeant Small" and especially the lovely "The Galway Shawl," a piece that deserves to be better known. The vast majority of the music is from the deep tradition, plus one each by John Carty and Kevin Burke, and the playing, as should be expected, is majestic throughout. The band gives a stately quality to Irish music, rather than the raucous session-type feel injected by so many groups, and with it comes a strong dignity. Former member Jackie Daly guests on sets of polkas and reels, his accordion adding some bottom end to the sound. As always, this Patrick Street album is worth the wait.


Formed: 1986

Genre: World

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Patrick Street is comprised of some of Ireland's most accomplished musicians. Formed in Dublin in 1986, the current group includes fiddler Kevin Burke (the Bothy Band), bouzouki player and vocalist Andy Irvine (Sweeney's Men, Planxty), button accordionist Jackie Daly (DeDanaan) and guitarist Ged Foley (the Battlefield Band, The House Band). Previous members include guitarists Arty McGlynn (Van Morrison, Planxty) and Gerry O'Beirne and Uillean pipe and keyboard player Declan Masterson. Patrick Street's...
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