Alongside Connolly's performances are arrangements of well-known folk musician Ralph McTell's songs. The musical nature of this album is notable as Connolly, who had been a folk musician in the 1960s and early 70s, and who included musical interludes in his comedy albums and performances up until 1983, had mostly phased music out of his performances by the late 1980s.
All but the final song, a cover of Van Morrison's "Irish Heartbeat", are studio recordings. "Irish Heartbeat" is performed live during Connolly's seven-night stand at Edinburgh's Usher Hall during the "World Tour". Connolly, playing acoustic guitar, is joined on stage by female backing vocalist Julienne Taylor and, from the bridge onwards, a pipe band. The song was limited-released as a single.