Following the successful release of "Waltzing Through Ireland Volume II" (HRL 130) by Tyrone's Malachy Doris both he and Homespun Records have been inundated with requests for another album from this fine accordionist.
For his previous album Malachy took 36 favourite Irish melodies and grouped them in sets of three putting all into waltz tempo.
For this one he has turned to the top names in Irish entertainment for inspiration. Each singer has a song for which he is famous. ("I Love You Because" is Jim Reeves' — "Hound Dog" will always belong to Elvis.) The Irish entertainers have, over the years, associated themselves with particular songs. Think of the chart-topping Seven Drunken Nights and you must think of the Dubliners. The Wild Colonial Boy was brought into the charts and will always belong to Connie Foley. And so when Malachy's list of Ireland top artistes was completed it is not surprising that we had 36 great tunes — each one a hit in its own right. Add Malachy's own brand of accordion playing and the ingredients are all there for a first class record. And it is.
The musicians accompanying Malachy are as on Waltzing Through Ireland — Brendan Clancy (from Moy) Co. Tyrone is himself no stranger to the recording world having played and recorded with the Irish Ramblers.
Francie Gallagher (from Stewartstown) Co. Tyrone has been playing behind Malachy since he formed his first band and has played on all Malachy's previous recordings.
Seán Gallagher (also from Stewartstown) was bassist with several big bands, notably Roly Daniels and Jim Farley, before coming back to join Malachy.