Land of Sunshine
Dan has spent lots of time in the west of Ireland, which is the source for many of the tunes he plays here in the old 'push and draw' style. This album features twelve tracks altogether: five on the melodeon, five on button accordion, and two lovely debut songs by Laura Mulcahy who hails from Ennis. While the melodeon has all but been replaced by the two-row box in Irish music, Dan shows here that ten buttons can still produce a mighty sound. This is basically a live recording that has a great feel of being back in time, listening to the locals playing in the pub or around the kitchen table. Joining him on this CD are some first-rate musicians from Clare and Galway, namely Quentin Cooper, Jerry Mulvihill, and Alan Wallace. This is a delightful album full of lovely stuff, and it comes in an attractive Digipac containing detailed sleeve notes. --- Claddagh Records '...a capable, spirited player...this is happy Irish dance music that's a good antidote for a dark winter night' -- Tom Nelligan, Dirty Linen 'Pittsburgh-born accordionist ends up in Clare via Germany and Alaska. Sprightly box playing in the Bobby Gardner/John J. Kimmel mould, joined by various Ennis session stalwarts including Quentin Cooper and singer Laura Mulcahy. Laid back, pleasurable and devoid of ego.' -- fROOTS, London, England 'This is a superb first recording, and a great addition to anyone's collection of music for button accordion, or just plain great Irish music.' -- Mary Derosier, Sing Out! Magazine 'This is a most enjoyable collection of dance music and song by Dan Possumato and his friends, and I am delighted to recommend it to the lover of box playing and for an honest rendition of the old tunes.' -- Aidan O'Hara, Irish Music Magazine 'He's a great accordion player' -- Grace Notes, traditional music radio program of RTÉ, Ireland's Public Service Broadcaster 'plenty of welcome colour, variety, and freshness...a delight from start to finish' -- Kernan Andrews, GALWAY ADVERTISER (Ireland) 'The three-dimensional live atmosphere of these Clare and Galway tunes is as close to a bare-knuckle session as you'll encounter on a CD' -- Siobhán Long, The Irish Times, Dublin '...very nice tunes, indeed.' -- Claire Keville, Music in the Glen, Clare FM, Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland "very nice sound....lovely production...fine music it is" Paula Carroll, Clare FM, The Wednesday Session 'I like this album...good job! Bill Margeson, WDCB Radio, Chicago.