This is a 15 track CD over an hour long, released in 2004. It was recorded over a period of eight years as I toured with the Riverdance show, and afterwards. The length of time it took means that some tracks have parts recorded from different years and several different countries. But I took a lot of care to make sure it all hangs together.
However, as a result of getting to know some traditional styles pretty closely (in particular Irish and Bulgarian), I found I was naturally composing lots of my own tunes that were inspired by them, but originated on the harmonica. To me, this seems a natural continuation of the traditions - though some flavours that seem natural to me (eg. playing a jig with a blues scale) might make purists blanch.
Some of my favourite musicians helped me realise this concept, including:
GERRY O'CONNOR: banjo; STEVE COONEY, GARY VERBERNE, CHRIS NEWMAN and IAN CARR: guitar; ANDY IRVINE: mandolin; CHRIS HAIGH: fiddle;
GEOFF CASTLE: piano; DECLAN MASTERSON: Pipes; MICK KINSELLA: harmonica; GREG SHEEHAN: percussion