Johnny McCarthy & Alph Duggan launch Steele's Rock album.

We have just updated our Top Ten Traditional Albums for May and there is a new entrant in the top ten.  Its an accordion album by Johnny McCarthy and Alph Duggan called Steele's Rock.  Tony McMahon on the liner notes states that "I really enjoyed listening to Johnny's new album, Steele's Rock. The slow, lyrical pace is steady and true, allowing the music to expand and breathe.  Tune selection is tasteful and augmented by informative and interesting sleeve notes.  A great recording"

Johnny hails for Ennis, Co. Clare and the album was launched this month.  He is noted for his relaxed and laid back style of play that give the music a beautiful lilt.  Alph Duggan who played on The Quiet Glen album with Tommy Peoples provides the accompaniment.  Owen Ryan in a recent Clare Champion article quoted Johnny talking about his music where he stated that "  “I have been playing for over 50 years. Two of my uncles played for years in London and they used to take me to a pub in Camden Town called the Laurel Tree and I’d hear Bobby Casey and Willie Clancy playing. My father was friendly with the concertina player Paddy Murphy and the fiddle player Joe Ryan and they had a big influence on the way I played. A lot of my neighbours in Hermitage used to play as well, there was John Joe Cullinane and Tony Mahony, Paddy Donohue and lots of others.” It's an album worth checking out.

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