He has chosen to honour his favorite family of instruments on this disc by backing himself
only with mandolins, mandolas, citterns and bouzoukis. The result is a sound at once delicate
and rich. This album focuses on the romantic songs of ships and the sea since Crowley felt
that the shanty genre had been covered sufficiently by other artists.
" Dirty Linen
There are defining moments in all our lives, those little thunderbolts that change us forever. Artists
are gifted with the means of re-telling these experiences and making something great of them. That
is what Jimmy Crowley does here.
" Andy Ryan,Irish Music Magazine
This album which includes guest vocals from the incomparable Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill
has two themes: all the songs have nautical references and the arrangements feature members of the
mandolin family including, mandola, mando-cello, bouzouki and dordán, this being a mammoth
bass bouzouki made by Joe Foley.
" Don Meade, New York’s Irish Voice, Nov 2000
There are songs such as The Lowlands Low and Fiddlers’ Green which would be quite
well known but they are performed with such individuality and attention as to be recast in their entirety.
" Oliver P.Sweeney, Hot Press, Nov 2000
A carefully crafted homage to his love affair with the sea and highlights his gifts as a composer and
interpreter of traditional and new material.
" John Regan, FRoots