Time Well Spent may well be Matt McGinn’s lockdown baby, but he has brought this collection of ten original songs into the world with the help of a very talented bunch of collaborators.
From the vocal duet with Aoife Scott and the viola of English folk royalty Eliza Carthy on the title track to the bass of Jon Thorne and drums of Michael Mormecha across several tracks, the playing is sublime. Other long time partners-in-crime are also represented including John McCullough (keys), Colm McClean (guitar) and Sean Og Graham (accordion).
Matt McGinn is no slouch at song-writing either; If anyone tried to sit down today and write a classic Irish Traditional ballad that was both beautiful and simple, they would be hard pushed to come up with anything better than ‘Kinnahalla’. Performed here with absolute clarity by McGinn with Damien McGeehan on fiddle.
A beautiful collection.