STOCKTON’S WING – COLLECTION (Tara Records TARA CD 4)
LIAM O’FLYNN – THE PIPER’S CALL (Tara Records TARA CD 3037)
Nothing in life is certain particularly when it comes to your record and CD collection. As I’ve found to my cost many of the albums I used to cherish have now gone to that great vinyl and glass heaven in the sky. Therefore in a case of ‘grab them while they’re there’ I’d suggest obtaining Stockton’s Wing who released their debut album in 1978. For me personally it was their third album “Light In The Western Sky” that ranks as one of my favourite albums of all time and I’m pleased to see that a majority of it is rediscovered here on “The Stockton’s Wing Collection”. The second album kindly sent by John Cook (founder of Tara Records) is a recording that I missed first time round. Liam O’Flynn’s “The Piper’s Call” proves a master class in the art of Uilleann pipe playing with an accompanying guest list of Celtic musicians to die for. With the likes of Matt Molloy (flute), Arty McGlynn and Mark Knopfler on guitars the recording is superbly understated but of course, beautifully executed. I can only applaud the fact that many of the Tara label back catalogue still remains in circulation and, although I still hanker for Jolyon Jackson & Paddy Glackin’s brilliant “Hidden Ground” I would suggest that if, like me you are looking to re-capture some of your ill spent youth or, indeed are just starting out on a Celtic voyage of discovery then you could do worse than check the Tara Records catalogue…you’ll be pleased you did!
Tara website: www.taramusic.com