This unique CD features
four stories read by Eddie Stack with music
Hayes and Dennis Cahill. The stories are from Stack's classic
collection of short stories,The
West. Set in the West of Ireland they reveal the soul of a
community - its hopes, dreams and schemes. Stack evokes life in a
series of cinematic prose, portraits of people, places and situations.
The stories are smooth, each one remarkably different, but they click
together to form a pattern.
The West was voted Hot Press No 3 Top Folk Album of 2003
"This beautiful spoken-word CD would be worth buying for the backing music alone, which comes courtesy of Stack's fellow Clareman Martin Hayes and guitarist Dennis Cahill. Hayes' wistfully keening fiddle is a perfect counterpoint to the stories here. Stack's gentle delivery and accurate feel for the rhythms of West-of-Ireland conversation (his rendition of two gossiping old biddies is hilarious) make the experience of listening to them a rare pleasure. One for a rainy winter night in by the fireside."
Stories: Time Passes; Limbo; The Warrior Carty; Revolution
Music: Johnny's Needing, Old Kilfenora Jig,
The West Clare Reel, Astore Mo Chroí, McAlisdrom's March,
Malley's Scottish, Christmas Eve, The Gold Castle, Roisin Dubh, Hero