Serenade

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Mick McAuley and Winifred Horan are two members of Solas, striking out on the side with this duet album. Well, it has their names on it, but Donal Clancy adds plenty of accompaniment on guitar, bouzouki, and mandolin, with Chico Huff on acoustic bass for most of the tracks, and Paul Gurney playing electric bass on one track. They start out quite traditionally with a set of fiery reels that highlights their playing, both as a duo and individually. But although they keep a strong grounding in Irish music, it's just a springboard to their breadth. "The Joyous Waltz" takes Irish music into the sidewalk cafes of Paris, while their gentle version of "After the Gold Rush" ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Mick McAuley and Winifred Horan are two members of Solas, striking out on the side with this duet album. Well, it has their names on it, but Donal Clancy adds plenty of accompaniment on guitar, bouzouki, and mandolin, with Chico Huff on acoustic bass for most of the tracks, and Paul Gurney playing electric bass on one track. They start out quite traditionally with a set of fiery reels that highlights their playing, both as a duo and individually. But although they keep a strong grounding in Irish music, it's just a springboard to their breadth. "The Joyous Waltz" takes Irish music into the sidewalk cafes of Paris, while their gentle version of "After the Gold Rush" soothes. They can play superbly, and the backing is unobtrusive and sympathetic. If there's one drawback to the disc, it's that Horan's overdubbed fiddles sometimes become almost orchestral, rubbing away the raw edge that's part of the fun in the music, and distracts from the earthy pleasures of the record. But that's minor; there's plenty to delight here in the fire of the musicianship and the deep joy and empathy between the players.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/10/2006
  • Label: Compass Records
  • UPC: 766397441627
  • Catalog Number: 4416
  • Sales rank: 56,944

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mick McAuley Primary Artist, Percussion, Accordion, Keyboards, Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Bodhran, Low Whistle
Winifred Horan Fiddle, Strings, Vocals
Chico Huff Double Bass, Acoustic Bass
Paul Gurney Electric Bass, Bass Guitar
Donal Clancy Bouzouki, Guitar, Mandolin
Technical Credits
Neil Young Composer
Jerry Holland Composer
Winifred Horan Arranger, Composer, Producer
Mick McAuley Arranger, Composer, Producer
Paul Gurney Engineer
Traditional Composer
Donal Clancy Arranger
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