Most Played Trad Track - 5th February 2017

This track continues to stay at the top of our playlist on Tradconnect for yet another week and is taken from "Settle Out of Court," the debut album by John Carty and daughter Maggie Carty. This is it's fourth week as our most played track. John is one of the most respected traditional musicians in the country and is going through a prolific period at the moment with the release of a number of outstanding albums. In 2015 he released "The Good Mixer", a recording of session music at the now famous London pub featuring  Noel O'Grady(bouzouki), Henry Benagh (fiddle), and Marcus Hernon (flute). Towards the end of 2016 he released "Out of the Ashes" with Matt Molloy and Arty McGlynn, undoubtedly one of the highlights of the year.

Settle out of Court however is about the next generation of Carty’s and daughter Maggie quite confidently steps into the spotlight on both banjo and vocals. Accompaniment is provided by Shane McGowan on guitar, Dónal Lunny on bouzouki, guitar and bodhrán and Paul Gurney on bass. The fourteen tracks feature a mixture of waltzes, reels, jigs and slides with the inclusion of a number of songs that showcase Maggie’s unique voice.

The tunes on the album come from a variety of sources: from different musical dialects and from the Carty’s wide family of musical friends. Maggie contributes four songs on the album which range from old traditional numbers  like “The Nightingale,” to an American mining ballad called “When the breakers go back on full time.” Also included are unusual versions of "Down by the Salley Gardens” and “Lough Erne Shore.

The album is now available to purchase on or download from

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