The album begins with the vibrant opening medley “Eoin Bear’s Reel/For Sharon/The Rossa Reel” and I also like the atmospheric “Tilly’s Jig” (coupled with “The Happy Traveler”), but it’s the somber vocal pieces that I enjoy the most.
Phelan’s voice is a pretty flutter on the traditional “Seven Curses” and “The Gallant Hussar”, while her vocals on the astounding cover of Rickie Lee Jones’ “Sailor Song” alternate between moody susurrations and haunting Lorelei calls.
Sarah Dugas of The Duhks lends her voice to “Merry Go Round” (written by Seamus Egan protégé Antje Duvekot) and other members of The Duhks contribute to the propelled instrumentation of “Vital Mental Medicine/The Pullet”.
Other favorites are Egan’s beautiful instrumental “Sunday’s Waltz” – paired with “Solo Double Oh” – and the melancholy strings of the finale “My Dream of You”.
Solas – My Dream of You (mp3 expired)