Kevin Roach


The CD

"The Downpour is a flawlessly played, thoroughly enjoyable CD by a musician that I know loves the tunes." -- Celtic Heritage Magazine

The Downpour was nominated for a 2007 East Coast Music Award, in the category of Instrumental Recording of the Year.

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KEVIN ROACH: The Downpour

The Downpour is also available on iTunes.

The Tracks


All titles traditional except as noted.
All instruments played by Kevin except as noted.

1.  Silver Spire Set (reels) PLAY
Silver Spire/Sophie-Jo (K. Roach)/Sean McGuires (The Magnetic)
In a set with two of my favourite reels, the middle tune is named for a sweet girl who will surely grow up to be a dancer.
Tenor banjo, mandolin, bouzouki, acoustic guitars--with Dave MacKinnon, bodhran

2.  Idaho (K. Roach) PLAY
Written for fingerstyle guitar, this tune took me on a bit of a journey.
Acoustic guitar/lead guitar, mandolin

3.  McDermott's Hornpipes PLAY
Two hornpipes popularized by the legendary fiddle player Michael Coleman, played here as a mandolin duet.

4.  Paddy O'Rafferty/Dusty Windowsills (jigs)
Two well-known Irish jigs, often played at sessions.
Bouzoukis, guitar--with Gordon Cameron, bodhran

5.  O'Carolan's Draught
Going for baroque with the blind harper's classic.
Acoustic guitar, mandolin, bouzouki

6.  Sgt. Early's Dream 
Slow reel/guitar improvisation

7.  Stages Set
Stages Hornpipe/The Honeysuckle
Return of the mando duet, plus bouzouki

8.  The Undiscovered Country (K. Roach)
Another guitar-themed instrumental - the title comes from Hamlet's famous soliloquy.
Acoustic guitar, mandolins, lead guitar

9.  Limerick Lasses/The Downpour (K. Roach)  (reels)
A great old Irish reel, coupled with a reel composed by myself.
Tenor banjo, guitar, mandolin, bouzouki

10. The Mathematician (J. Scott Skinner)
The Skinner classic la pompe.
Tenor banjo, acoustic guitar

11. Sporting Mountain (K. Roach)
A solo guitar piece and a trip up the mountain

12. Sgt. Early's (Other) Dream
Acoustic guitar/electric guitar


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