Paddy Ryan's Dream:
The Carraroe Jig:
Gan Ainm / Doberman's Wallet
Paddy Ryan's Dream / Jimmy Batty's
Mick O'Connor's Reels
The Happy Hornpipe / The Souvenir
The Inis Bearachain Jigs
Ril Johnny Phadraig Pheter / Ril Joe Mhaire Mhicilin
Christmas in Spiddal / Twelve to the Bar
The Carraroe Jig / Homage to Rooney
Mountain Dew / Loughrea Reel
Dillon's / Marion Egan's
Bean Phaidin / Seanamhach Tube Station
Michael Coleman's / Flanagan Meets O'Hanlon Barndances
Johnny Og is Johnny's senior's son and plays the slightly larger two-row button accordion with a beautiful fluent, light touch. The great Joe Burke was one of his early influences. Virtuoso banjo player Brian McGrath, one of the founders of Four Men and A Dog, currently plays in Sean Keane's Band and At The Racket. He and Johnny Og have played together for years; there's both tightness and an easy give and take in their duo playing. Distinguished accompanists here too, James Blennerhasset on cello and double bass, Eugene Kelly and Peter O'Hanlon on guitars and McGrath on piano. The title is apt. Several of the tunes are recent compositions by, among others, Charlie Lennon and Johnny Og himself, whose fine, intricate tunes include the lovely set of jigs Poirt Inis Bearachain(also featured on his father's CD) and named after the now uninhabited Island off the Connemara coast, where Johnny Connolly Snr was born John Neilson
The Living Tradition
All are played with gusto and the box and banjo keep each other company with microsecond-precise timing, producing an overall sound that positively throbs with vitality.
The Irish Voice
The full maturity of Irish banjo and box playing has never been demonstrated better.
Johnny plays with a fine sense of rhythm, but also very melodically with smooth execution, a light touch and nice ornamentation.
Good honest playing of the highest order. Johnny Og's strong, yet sensitive, accordion style combines perfectly with Brian's crisp banjo picking
An album which mixes freshness and spontaneity with professionalism that is their second nature.
The Living Tradition
Johnny Connolly's debut album An tOile n Aerach received fulsome plaudits in the pages of this magazine, which rated it one of the musical highlights of its year of release, 1991. This pair of welcome new offerings from Cl