Music full of warmth and exuberance from Seán O' Driscoll (banjo, bouzouki) and Larry Egan (accordion).
Featuring many of his wonderful compositions, the banjo is shown in a variety of different musical combinations and styles. From the jolly honky-tonk feel of the double tracked banjo on the opening polkas, to the powerful banjo and bouzouki air of the ‘Dear Irish Boy’, this is a unique and beautiful recording.
Although the banjo is up front and centre at all times, there are duets with Larry Egan, his good friend from The Kitchen Recordings on accordion; with “The Admiral” Dave Hennessy on melodeon; and Patrick Egan on concertina.
The backup also spans a spectrum of styles. There are two very different piano approaches from Ciarán Coughlin and Maurice Crumb, and contrasting guitar backups from Donncha Moynihan and Johnny Neville. Seán also contributes much of his own distinctive bouzouki backing.
On the last track of the album, perhaps to remind us that he is a man of diverse musical talents and tastes, Seán switches to accordion for a lovely waltz of his own composition. Accompanied by John Daly on fiddle, Wilcil McDowell on piano and piano accordion, Lendrum’s Waltz is a deceptively simple gem that has already inspired some dancing in the kitchen.