Album Review: Ushers Island

Beyond Tunes Blog

To call this band a supergroup might even be an understatement. With a lineup consisting of Andy Irvine, Dónal Lunny, Paddy Glackin, Mike McGoldrick, and John Doyle, its members have been part of such legendary bands spanning the decades as: The Bothy Band, Planxty, Moving Hearts, Sweeney’s Men, Lúnasa, Capercaillie, Flook and Solas. Given all of this the bar is set very high for their debut album, and they have for sure lived up to the hype, if not surpassed it.

The album consists of a mix of tune sets and songs sung by Andy Irvine and John Doyle, both recognized singers, but also one song, Bean Phaidin, sung by Dónal Lunny, and the only song in Gaelic on the album. I had never heard Dónal sing before, and while it might not quite compare to Andy or John’s singing, it is nonetheless a pleasant surprise. His is quite low…

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