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Cross The River

Tom McConville

this page updated 5 September 2010
"Album of the Year 1991"
Listener's Poll, BBC Great Northern Folk

Guests: Des Hurley (fiddle), Chris Newman (guitars/bass/mandolin),
Andrew Hurley (bodhran), Máire Ní Chathasaigh (whistle)

scroll down for press reviews, tracklist & catalogue details
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"Tom's singing of How Can My Poor Heart, a Robert Burns song set to Tom's own tune, is so achingly beautiful it takes your breath away..."


The Folk Magazine

"Tom is an affable Geordie with a fiddle style which, while deriving from the Northumbrian and Irish traditions, is undoubtedly his own... It is bright and rhythmic in the dance tunes and lends expressive, often melancholic accompaniment to his songs..."


Hot Press
"Works like a dream in spite, or maybe because of, its sheer diversity... It snakes its way through traditional and contemporary material, with virtually every track a high point. A record of great charm and persuasion, and no little depth. Lovely stuff. Particular mention must be made of two tracks, The Homes of Donegal, which all but eclipses Paul Brady's reading of the song, and the title track, written by Tim Wood about the Sharpeville Six and one of the strongest political songs of our time..."


Folk North West
"A pleasure to listen to. A very, very nice album."

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The Hurleys
Homes of Donegal
Tone Rowe's/Smithy's Baccy Tin/Caliope House
How can my poor heart?
Frenchie's Reel/President Garfield's
Johnny Miner
The Gold Ring/O'Mahoney's
Cross The River
The Lark in the Morning
The Goodnight Waltz
The Overgate
Calum Donaldson/Mick Johnson's Parrot/Da Grocer
Wish the wars were all over
Ben's Foot/Birmingham Fling
Catalogue details
Old Bridge Music OBMCD01, 1990

Old Bridge Music
PO Box 7,
Tel: +44 (0)1943 602203