If you like Celtic or Irish folk music, this cd is the real deal. I knew almost nothing about the Johnstons before I bought it a year ago. Now they've become one of my all-time favorites of the genre, along with the Dubliners, the Bothy Band, and (early) De Danann. The late 1960's group on this cd consisted of sisters Luci & Adrienne Johnston, banjo virtuoso Mick Moloney, and a very young Paul Brady, who seems to bring magic to every Irish folk recording he's ever been involved with. The Johnstons were primarily a vocal group with minimal accompaniment (by Brady and Moloney) on guitar, mandolin and banjo. Their special innovation as an Irish folk group was to include both male and female singers, taking turns on lead vocals and joining together on background and group vocals. While this style of folk singing was already popular with English and American groups of the 1960's like the Watersons, the Ian Campbell Folk Group, and Peter, Paul & Mary, it had never, to my knowledge, been attempted successfully in Ireland's more conservative trad. music scene. All the popular Irish folk groups before the Johnstons were strictly men, like the Clancy Bros. and the Dubliners. But once the Johnstons broke out of this stodgy tradition and adapted the new style to a wide range of Irish & Scottish folk songs, it caught on quickly and became almost the new standard for later Irish folk legends like Clannad, De Danann, and the Bothy Band. But the Johnstons were not just noteworthy trailblazers. They were wonderful singers and musicians as well. Their music has an untypical freshness, vibrancy, passion, subtlety, taste, beauty, soul, depth, variety, and a consistent musicality. It makes most of today's Celtic music sound insipid, noisy or formulaic by comparison. On top of all this, the cd is a bargain, containing 79 minutes of material (2 albums). It definitely deserves to find a wider audience among discerning fans of Celtic and Irish folk music. And one last note: the Johnstons' version of "The Frog's Wedding" has to be the best children's song ever recorded!