Johnny O’Leary — An Calmfhear (The Trooper)

Gael-Linn CEFCD 132, 1989. Recorded in 1989 in Sullane, Co. Cork.
Notes by Ciarán MacMathúna.

Maybe the best of Johnny O’Leary’s albums in terms of the listener experience, as the recording is clear, with no background noise, and no accompanist muddying the waters. Johnny is playing really well here, and gives us an excellent selection of tunes from his seemingly infinite repertoire. Some are well-known classics, some are lesser-known, even today. It also boasts a pretty bad-ass cover photo.

SAMPLE: The eponymous first tune, a version of The Orange Rogue:

Trooper verso

THIS ALBUM SEEMS TO BE UNAVAILABLE TO ORDER AND MAY WELL BE OUT-OF-PRINT. FOR THE TIME BEING, YOU CAN CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD.

(If anyone wants to assert ownership and/or demonstrate that it shouldn’t be made freely available as an important part of the cultural heritage, please contact me.)

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