At 07:35 PM 11/23/98 -0700, Frank Claudy wrote:
>Paddy Glackin and Paddy Keenan: Dublin (1978 Tara)Another direct-to-tape
>session of blistering duets and solos, heavy on the session material.
>Should be in reissue.
All of the recordings listed by Frank are available on CD, except for the
one above. Too bad... BTW James Kelly, Paddy O'Brien, and Daithi Sproule
made two LPs for Shanachie, they were reissued as one CD.
I have a few favorite myself, and being a fiddler:
Noel Hill and Tony Linnane, with Alec Finn (Tara). Amazing duets and solos
by two great Clare musicians, but you'll have to tune up to Eb to play
along. Available on CD.
Paddy Glackin (Gael-Linn). Another LP which *has* to be reissued on CD. I
like Glackin's playing on this one much more than on his more recent solo
CD. It's very clean and tidy, yet plenty exciting. I learned every single
tune on this album when it came out. Let's hope the Gael-Linn executives
will see the light.
Frankie Gavin & Alec Finn (Shanachie). This was the other inspiring LP in my
early fiddling years, awe-inspiring that is. I had to come back to this one,
Frankie's playing was a bit over my head at first... This is available on
CD. Gavin is of course the fiddler with De Danann, and early albums by the
band are well worth a listen, "Mist Covered Mountain," "Star Spangled
Molly," "Song for Ireland," etc. Too bad their second album, perhaps their
best, is still not available on CD.
Frankie Gavin & Paul Brock: Tribute to Joe Cooley (Gael-Linn). Another
amazing duet album, fiddle and accordion, with quite a few well-known tunes.
Excellent piano accompaniment by Charlie Lennon. Another "tune up to Eb"
album... Available on CD.
Kevin Burke: If the Cap Fits (Mulligan/Green Linnet). Another quintessential
fiddle album. But then I could say that of most of Kevin's production.
"Promenade" and "Portland" are also well worthwhile.
Various: Milestone at the Garden (Rounder). Forgive me for tooting my own
horn here, but if you want to hear what Irish fiddle players sounded like 70
years ago, you'll get a nice sample with this CD, remastered from 78s in my
and other folks' collections. You get Coleman, Morrison and Killoran of
course, but also legends like Neil O'Boyle, Paddy Canny, Denis Murphy, Lad
O'Beirne, etc. Good thing some of us saved those things from the dump...
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