Album Review : Kenny Donagher & Kerrie Herrity / Box & Banjo

Out of the fertile ground of Sligo comes this recording that combines banjo and box for the first time, in quite a while.  The sparring partners are Luton born, and now Sligo resident, Kerrie Herrity on banjo, and Sligo native Kenny Donagher.

Within the 14 tracks there is a scattering of familiar tunes that they sourced from their youth, in Luton and Sligo. Lad O’Beirne’s, The Green Mountain, The Rambling Pitchfork and Tom Ward’s feature.

A great reworking of the Michael Coleman tune, called The Kerryman, anchors the first half of the recording. A Herrity composition, called Rory’s Walk, is uplifting in its message of hope for a young child recovering after life-changing surgery.

Elsewhere there is an energetic and crisp approach to the Céilí House Set, and a leisurely, inquisitive approach to The Limestone Rock Reels. An engaging and fun debut recording that satisfies on many fronts.

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