Dublin native and current New York resident James Keane is a true virtuoso, ranking among the greatest traditional musicians to emerge from Ireland in the past 30 years. The only accordionist ever to win three consecutive senior open All-Ireland championships, and a former member of the legendary Castle Ceili Band, his mastery of pulse-quickening reels is the standard by which other Irish accordionists are judged, while his poignant renditions of slow airs stir the deepest of emotions. Add in lively jigs, hornpipes, and a march that demonstrates Keane’s extraordinary musical range, couple them with his fresh and inventive arrangements, then mix them all with the superb accompaniment of fellow Dubliner John Doyle on acoustic guitar, Tom English on bodhran, and Gabriel Donohue on keyboards -- and you have a solo album setting a new benchmark in Irish button accordion playing. It’s been 14 years since James Keane’s last solo album, the superb Roll Away The Reel World, and the wait has been well worth it! From the first note to the last, That’s The Spirit manages to capture the soaring spirit of Irish traditional music.
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