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Celtic Airs & Ballads
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Olde Irish Jigs and ReelsSparkling performances from some of our leading folk musicians in medleys of great Irish tunes. Feet will be tapping within seconds, in a powerful evocation of the spirit of Ireland expressed through its music.1 Bucks of Oranmoor - The Morning Dew - The Banshee2 Laverty's - Sally Gardens - All Around the World3 Dennis Murphy's Polka - Bally Desmond Polka - John Ryan's Polka4 Jackie Coleman - Rakish Paddy - Farewell to Erin5 I'll Tell Me Ma6 Tripping Upstairs - The Old Favourite - Going to the Well for Water7 Coortin' in the Kitchen8 Kerry Slip Jig - The Butterfly9 The Chúil Aodha Jig - The Black Rogue - Out on the Ocean10 The Star of the County Downe11 Off to California - The Harvest Home - The Boys of Blue Hill12 The Maid Behind the Bar - The Earl's Chair - The Silver SpearJon Boden - fiddleJoey Oliver - whistleJohn Spiers - melodeonIan Giles - voice and bodrhàn CCL CDG1175Image: The Ould Irish Jig 19th century Lebrecht Music & Arts p & c 2007 Classical Communications Ltd Made in Great BritainInside book:Olde Irish Jigs and ReelsThis selection of Irish music was performed specially for this recording by some leading exponents of the style. You can hear this in their steady rhythms, clear melodies - a foot-tapping pleasure if ever there was one. So if you feel like dancing, then this is the album for you! In between the jigs, reels, hornpipes and polkas, there is a selection of Irish songs, all sung by Ian Giles with stylish accompaniment from the three main instruments used on the recording. But when they play their instrumental interludes, beware: the feet will have to start tapping all over again! It's irresistible. I had the same feeling of joy I got from recording sea shanties with these musicians (CCL CDG1024). Their musical zest and sheer exuberance is irresistible. I hope that you enjoy this album as much. The recording was made in Headington Quarry in Oxford, an internationally important place in the history of folk music. The revival and classification of so many tunes and styles of British and Irish folk music was begun by Cecil Sharp in 1899, when he was staying in a cottage near the church (and not far from the pub) in that small hamlet on the outskirts of Oxford. Sharp found musicians in that small area, including the famous William Kimber, who made him realise what a precious heritage of folk music the British Isles possessed. Sharp dedicated his life to collecting and preserving this heritage, and was a leader in what became an international movement. It included in Europe major musical figures such as Kodaly and Bartok, who transcribed the folk music of their native lands. The United States also proved to be a fruitful source of songs lost from Britain, plus many other home-grown developments. Nearer to home for us, the composers George Butterworth and Ralph Vaughan Williams were both involved in the transcription and preservation of folk music, and were so fascinated by the distinctive folk music style that its melodic and harmonic elements became a major part of their own compositional style. The folk music style lives on in the work of the musicians on this album - a combination of improvisation and a rigorous understanding of metre and tempo, which above all, enlivens the dance forms of times past.Martin Souter
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