Mixing the Punch

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Paddy’s latest solo CD, released by New Folk Records in North America, and distributed in Ireland by Cló Iar-Chonnacht. Paddy plays solo accordion on the recording, accompanied by the wonderfully tasty Teresa Baker on piano. There’s also a special guest appearance on the CD, an accordion solo by fellow Offalyman Felim Egan.

Order CD or listen to samples and download MP3 files below.


“With ‘Mixing the Punch’ O’Brien has yet again proved himself to be the master of tradition he truly is.”  — Eileen McCabe, independent music critic, Ireland

“There is a lightness of touch here that is extraordinary and a passion for the music that is evident…Class this as ‘essential listening.’”  —

“Saint Paul’s master of the two-row button accordion here presents thoughtful and engaging tunes that perfectly set the mood.”  — Irish Gazette, Saint Paul MN

Track list

  1. Reels: The Tinker’s Occupation / The Rambling Reel
  2. Jigs: The Hearty Boys of Ballymote / Young Tom Ennis
  3. Reels: Tossing the Feathers in County Clare / The Shores of Donegal
  4. Reels: Sean Ryan’s / Bitin’ Bread and Atin’ It
  5. Jigs: The Trip to Galway / Mixing the Punch
  6. Slow air: The Flight of the Wild Geese
  7. Reels: Arthur Darley’s / The Glen of Aherlow
  8. Jigs (Felim Egan): Michael Doherty’s / The Western Road
  9. Polkas: The Wooden City Polkas
  10. Reels: Connemara Stockings / The Union Reel
  11. Jigs: Apples in Winter / Sliabh Russell
  12. Reels: The Fashion That The Ladies Wore / Cormac Lunny’s
  13. Hornpipes: Poll Ha’penny / Gerry Egan’s
  14. Jigs: The Humours of Rahey / The Rambling Pitchfork
  15. Reels: Imelda Roland’s / The Flags of Dublin / Paddy from Donegal
  16. Jigs: The Boys of the Town / The Hag with the Money
  17. Reels: The Crosses of Annagh / Tom Doherty’s
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