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Barrage
     

Barrage

4.8 8
by Barrage
 
Now that's good fiddlin'! Picture the perky young sparrows of B*Witched getting together with Michael Flatley's Riverdance corps for a Hibernian hoedown -- albeit with a more than ample dose of world beat merriment -- and you'll get a sense of the Barrage lying in wait on this spirited debut. This sprightly

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Now that's good fiddlin'! Picture the perky young sparrows of B*Witched getting together with Michael Flatley's Riverdance corps for a Hibernian hoedown -- albeit with a more than ample dose of world beat merriment -- and you'll get a sense of the Barrage lying in wait on this spirited debut. This sprightly, 11-member bunch is a world folk fiddle outfit whose multiculti aspirations are downright wholesome. Indeed, while every romp here somehow bears the stamp of their Celtic roots, Indian, Caribbean, and swing music are just some of the other sounds to make their way onto the stage here. "Mahatma" whips up an entrancing whirlwind of string harmonies over an exotic vocal drone. "Sing, Sing, Sing" is a swingin' hothouse riot. "Calypso Jam" blissfully distills Harry Belafonte's calling-card rhythms with tin whistles, while "The Ukraine" is an out-and-out Russian klezmer party. "Until We Meet Again" is a simple benediction of the sweetest kind. Bow those strings and bring on the Barrage!

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Paula Edelstein
Barrage is an exciting soundtrack featuring 15 songs from the rousing stage show and theatrical troupe of the same name. The CD documents the original music of Dean Marshall, who has taken the many traditions and styles played on the violin and fiddle and combined them with the contemporary and world beats of percussion, rhythm, movement, and energy. The troupe's presentation is filled with the influences of calypso, swing, country, jazz, Kleczmer, and classical styles that literally "barrage" one's musical senses. Marshall composed ten of the songs and arranged all of the songs with the exception of "Until We Meet Again." It is the first single from the soundtrack and was co-arranged with Joe Segreti. The musical selections include excellent renditions of Louis Prima's "Sing, Sing, Sing," "Calypso Jam," "Spazz Jazz," and the folk tune "Old Joe Clark." The diversity of the Barrage soundtrack matches the stunning visual and aural fusion of music, dance, theater, and song derived from cultures around the globe. It is an inspiration to anyone interested in musicals featuring the ageless and powerful versatility of the violin out front of a multi-instrumental, foot-stomping ensemble. Flawless!

Product Details

Release Date:
01/09/2001
Label:
Madacy 2 Label Group
UPC:
0056775049928
catalogNumber:
499

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Barrage   Primary Artist
Scott Duncan   Violin,Vocals
John Hyde   Acoustic Bass
Aaron Young   Guitar,Mandolin
Michael Alati   Drums
Denis Dufresne   Violin,Vocals
Bob Fenske   Percussion,Mallets
Errol Fischer   Violin,Vocals
Chritine Forget   Vocals
Allison Granger   Violin,Vocals,tin whistle
Tim Harley   Electric Bass
Josh Zubot   Violin,Vocals
Joanna Peters   Percussion

Technical Credits

Dean Marshall   Arranger,Producer
Paul Baker   Producer,Engineer
Pierre Messier   Engineer

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Barrage 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have had the pleasure of hearing this music both recorded and ''seeing the music'' live. I can't think of any other way to describe it. The fun the group is having has a way of coming through when you listen to Sing, Sing, Sing and Old Joe Clark...and the beauty of Mountain Spring is almost enough to make me throw away rock collection (though I ain't gonna...but there's definitely room for Barrage)! This is one of those albums that only comes around every few years...one that you don't know how to live without once you've heard it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like the CD you should make it a point to see their live tour. Simply amazing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I say this group on Public Television before the CD was released and was truly impressed by the diversity of their music. They seem comfortable playing Irish step music, swing or Indian music as evidenced by the piece Mahatma. I couldn't wait for this release.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Recently, some of my friends and I were at Epcot (Walt Disney World) when we heard some amazing music. We ran to see what it was and, as violinists, were astounded to discover that it was violinists playing and dancing around on stage. We sat, mesmerized, mesmerized through the concert and then rushed to buy the cd. Barrage has been in my cd player since October and I am still enjoying it immensely. If you like fiddling, rock, celtic or classical music, this is the cd for you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW! Barrage is a stunning aural fusion of musical styles that cover a wide spectrum, from Celtic and folk to big band swing and East Indian to Calypso and Jazz to Kleczmer, Classical and Pop. These eleven players (mostly fiddle players mixed with guitars, percussion, flutes and a xylophone) unleash dazzling energetic playing on songs such as ¿Chopsticken,¿ ¿The Ukraine,¿ and the barn-burning ¿Old Joe Clark¿ but they wisely alter the mood throughout on slower tracks like ¿Mountain Spring,¿ the majestic swirling Middle Eastern ¿Mahatma¿ and the breathless vocal ¿Until We Meet Again¿. Barrage has about half vocal cuts and half instrumental excursions. If you like foot stomping, hand clapping, good time music with International tastes and textures, then Barrage your senses with this amazing CD. Just listening to it makes me imagine choreographed fiddlers happily dancing and swinging. I can¿t wait to see the show and I¿ll definitely buy the DVD when it comes out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Unbelievable collection of talent here - this is a CD you must have no matter what your taste in music. It's impossible not to tap your feet and grin ear to ear while enjoying each song. Can't wait for the next CD!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a Barrage fan for almost a year. I first saw them summer of 2001, and fell in love with their music and the live show. I bought the CD, and the music video, and was not dissappointed in the least. I highly recommend Barrage. If you ever get a chance to see them live, DON'T pass it up. It will be an unforgettable experience.