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The Buck from the Moun­tain

John McKenna So­ci­ety Tra­di­tional mu­sic record­ings from the early 20th century were largely dom­i­nated by renowned Sligo fid­dle play­ers Michael Cole­man and James Mor­ri­son. Leitrim flute player John McKenna, with his feisty, rhyth­mic and yet sweet-toned style, was what might be termed an “able dealer” in the mu­si­cal sense. His duets with Mor­ri­son are a marvel, char­ac­terised by a shared ap­petite for mu­si­cal agility and zesty pace on jigs and polkas. Their col­lab­o­ra­tions were in­tensely evoca­tive and yet some­how time­less. This de­fin­i­tive collection in­cludes some de­li­ciously rare re­mas­tered record­ings, along with a metic­u­lously re­searched book­let that cat­a­logues McKenna’s life and pi­caresque times in both Leitrim and his adopted home of New York. The Buck from the Moun­tain is en­rich­ing ad­di­tion to the ar­chives and a lure to flute play­ers and trad com­pletists alike with an ear for the pure drop. john­m­

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