Beauty of the North

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Chris Norman's second solo album focuses on the traditional music of Quebec and Maritime Canada, featuring sets of tunes organized by theme or region. Guitarist Robin Bullock, a frequent collaborator and fellow founding member of the world-folk group Helicon, joins him here, as do the Scots fiddler Alasdair Fraser, accordionist Billy McComiskey, and bassist Paul Wheaton. Although the Celtic influence is never far from the surface with this music, there is a directness about these Quebecois, especially the Cape Breton tunes, that sets them apart immediately -- while Irish and Scottish dance music often has a certain vinegary edge, melodies like "Reel Montreal" and "Banks ...
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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Chris Norman's second solo album focuses on the traditional music of Quebec and Maritime Canada, featuring sets of tunes organized by theme or region. Guitarist Robin Bullock, a frequent collaborator and fellow founding member of the world-folk group Helicon, joins him here, as do the Scots fiddler Alasdair Fraser, accordionist Billy McComiskey, and bassist Paul Wheaton. Although the Celtic influence is never far from the surface with this music, there is a directness about these Quebecois, especially the Cape Breton tunes, that sets them apart immediately -- while Irish and Scottish dance music often has a certain vinegary edge, melodies like "Reel Montreal" and "Banks of Newfoundland" are effortlessly and sweetly melodic. Norman seems born to play this music. His light, graceful style occasionally seems a little bit at odds with the Irish repertoire, but it fits perfectly into the music on this program. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/1994
  • Label: Dorian Recordings
  • UPC: 053479019028
  • Catalog Number: 90190

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 North Highland Country Dance (2:08)
  2. 2 North Highland Country Dance (1:26)
  3. 3 Atlanctic Polka (2:10)
  4. 4 The Parry Sound (0:58)
  5. 5 Nova Scotia (1:31)
  6. 6 La Have River Waltz (3:35)
  7. 7 Quand Je Suis Pres de Toi (3:09)
  8. 8 Reel Montreal (1:45)
  9. 9 Reel Amos (1:10)
  10. 10 Reel Rimouski (1:15)
  11. 11 Reel St. Simeon (1:29)
  12. 12 Valse Frontenac (5:39)
  13. 13 The Beauty of the North (1:56)
  14. 14 Rocky Brook (1:51)
  15. 15 Castlebay (1:02)
  16. 16 Cape Wrath (1:01)
  17. 17 Banks of Newfoundland (1:03)
  18. 18 Scotch Cove (1:03)
  19. 19 Gigue de Joliette (2:35)
  20. 20 Valse Parisienne (5:10)
  21. 21 Reel de Chicoutimi (1:12)
  22. 22 Reel St. Jean (1:44)
  23. 23 Reel Eboulement (2:32)
  24. 24 Dirge of Mull (5:08)
  25. 25 Mull Rant (1:19)
  26. 26 The Way to Mull River (1:52)
  27. 27 Sound of Mull (0:54)
  28. 28 Mull River (1:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chris Norman Primary Artist, Flute
Billy McComiskey Accordion, Concertina
Alasdair Fraser Fiddle
Robin Bullock Guitar
Paul Wheaton Bass, Double Bass
Technical Credits
Craig D. Dory Engineer
Ronn McFarlane Producer
Chris Norman Producer, Liner Notes
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