Featuring songs in Irish and English, exquisitely arranged and accompanied on guitar, the album includes guest performances by Seamus McGuire, Peter Ostroushko, Tom Schaefer, Randal Bays, Liz Carroll, Billy McComiskey, Danielle Enblom, Laura MacKenzie, John Wright, Dean Magraw, James Kelly, Paddy O’Brien, and Altan.
A first-ever duo recording from long-time musical partners and Bush Artist Fellows Dáithí Sproule and Laura MacKenzie. The album includes traditional Irish and Scottish tunes and songs, as well as newly composed tunes, played on whistle, flute, concertina, pipes and guitar.
I’m delighted to have recorded this album with Dermy Diamond and Tara Bingham, after some 30 years of music and friendship. The title means “old friends,” and the selection of tunes are just that.
James Keane, Randal Bays and I have been playing as a trio for several years. This is our first album, much of it performed live in concert. We’re delighted to bring you this music that we love so much.
Dáithí Sproule, whose original compositions have been recorded by Skara Brae, Altan, Trian, Liz Carroll, Loreena McKennitt, and many others, has released his first solo acoustic guitar album. The album features thirteen of his original compositions.
"Simply a stunning debut, this is the kind of album that will never be last year's model. Liz Carroll and Peter Ostroushko help create simple, beautiful arrangements for ten songs and two instrumentals featuring Sproule's unparalleled voice and guitar." -Steve Winick
Originally released as two LP recordings (Is it Yourself and Spring in the Air) eventually re-issued on a single CD; regarded by most Irish music lovers as one of the tradition's classic, must-have recordings.
In 1971, Skara Brae (Tríona & Maighread Ni Dhomhnaill, Micheal O Domhnaill, and Dáithí Sproule) released a self-titled album on Gael-Linn Records. It is considered one of the most important albums in its genre, notable as the first recording to include vocal harmonization in Irish language songs.