Johnny Connolly, also known as king of the melodeon, brings us more of his wonderful music on An Mileoidean Scaoilte, his third solo album. The music is, as always, soulful, with a rocksteady rhythm and beautiful ornamentation. Charlie Lennon provides the accompaniment on piano, and on fiddle on one track. The album includes jigs, reels, hornpipes, waltzes, a polka and the slow air Amhrdn na Trd Bdine.
Also features Charlie Lennon
The Sally Gardens:
Down the Back Lane:
Emmet the Piper:
- The First House in Connaught + The Sally Gardens (Reels)
- Tonra's Jig + Down The Back Lane (Jigs)
- Johnny's Reel + Mick O'Connor's Choice (Reels)
- The Boys of Blue Hill + The Peacock's Feather (Hornpipe)
- The Humours of Glendart + The Monaghan Jig (Jigs)
- Bean an Raidió + Paddy in Preston
- Boil The Breakfast Early + The New Mown Meadow (reels)
- Miss McLeod's Reel (Reel)
- Dowd's #9 + The Galway Rambler (reels)
- Maggie In The Wood (Polka)
- The Rose of Aranmore + Glen Swilly + An Raicin Álainn (Waltz
- Emmet The Piper + The Frost Is All Over (Jigs)
- George White's Favourite + Love At The Endings (Reels)
- Amrhán na Trá Báine (Air)
- The Golden Keyboard + The Silver Spear (Reels)
- Port Tom Mór + The Flying Wheelchair (Jigs)
- Lucy Campbell + The Ships are Sailing (Reels)
"This CD should be in everybody's collection of traditional music". Joe Mullarkey The Irish Post
"Johnny Connolly is an acknowledged master: possibly the greatest Irish melodeon player ever, certainly the best of his generation".
The Living Tradition
"An instant classic . . . a memorable recording of Irish dance music", Alex Monaghan/ The Living Tradition.
"This thoroughly wonderful CD is available from Copperplate Distribution", Rod Stradling, editor, Musical Traditions web site
The Stillwater Times Reviews Star Rating: ****
"Johnny Connolly is an acknowledged master: possibly the greatest Irish melodeon player ever, certainly the best of his generation..
" The Living Tradition