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Hammy Hamilton, Seamus Creagh, Con O Drisceoil "It's No Secret" Ossian OSSCD89

Three well-seasoned musicians on flute, fiddle, and button box, with occasional forays by Pat "Herring" Ahern on guitar. They sound as if they're enjoying themselves, and it's infectious. Various combinations of trio, duo, and solo, playing all sorts of dance music and a slow air, with six songs shared equally between the main suspects, make a well-rounded programme. O Drisceoil even plays the Paolo Soprani box that Jackie Daly used in his partnership CD with Creagh way back when.

This sounds more like a house session than a studio recording, with a really relaxed feel to everything. There are some interesting tunes, and some old favourites. It's hard to pick out a favourite instrumental track; they've all merit for different reasons, but "Paddy Taylor's/The Earl's Chair" is a good set of reels to round off any session. The songs are well-chosen too, but O Drisceoil's pair definitely come out in front. They aren't just humorous; they're funny! I'll be singing them very shortly, and so will a lot of other people. If you want to keep a jump ahead of the song-slayers, grab this CD before they do.

Mick Furey

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This album was reviewed in Issue 44 of The Living Tradition magazine.