Gavin Whelan's eponymous album, by contrast is superbly accompanied almost throught, so is more listenable as a whole, Gavin is a sometime pupil of Brid O'Donohue, amongst his other teachers and influances, and he is someting of a young turk on the whistle, far more flamboyant than his mentor. He is certainly a technically accomplished and musically sensitive performer, there is some notably excellent bodhran from Colm Murphy and fine fiddling from Zoe Conway. Particularly enjoyable are the tracks where Gavin duets with the fiddle or with Aogan Lynch's concertina. The insert notes like Brid's carefully source the tunes and the selection of material is well balanced.
Jem Hammond, Taplas Magazine