The Yanks are Dan Gurney on accordion, Dylan Foley on fiddle, Isaac Alderson on uilleann pipes and flute and Sean Earnest on bouzouki and guitar. Both Dan Gurney and Dylan Foley have released debut albums in 2012. First up we had Dan with his Traditional Irish Music on the Button Accordion which we reviewed last year.  Shortly after this Dylan released his debut called Hup! Both were warmly received and showed us two of New York's finest. The other members of the group include Isaac Alderson who is known for his work with Eileen Ivers and Runa and Sean Earnest who has worked with Téada, The McPeake Family and others. For this recording they locked themselves away in what could be described as a no frills studio in the Catskills for a mere three days and came out with this recording. I would add that there were no overdubs and no studio cleanups.  The result is an outstanding recording of traditional Irish music that towers above the Empire State itself. 

There is never a guarantee that individual brilliance can be transferred into a group dynamic that works.  However in this instance The Yanks have created something special and it is one of the best group albums I have heard in quite a while. If you encountered these guys in the corner of some quiet pub you would not leave, that is for certain. There are fourteen tracks in total with some of the tracks given over to individual performances as well. With regard to the music there is a great selection of relatively different tunes, maybe reflecting the difference between the US and Irish session repertoire. The track included below is a good example with a brilliant reel called The Nine Pint Coggie. Definitely one to learn. For those that like their standards there is the ever revolving Pipe On The Hob and a tune by Paddy O' Brien called The Old Road To Garry which I haven’t heard in years.  They also play a great Martin Hayes composition called Maghera Mountain. For its energy, vitality and sheer unbridled joy this is an album that should sit proudly on any shelf.  “The Yanks are coming” was an often heard saying years ago. Well folks they have arrived and this album will be a strong contender in our end of year awards.

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