Celtic Crossroads

Celtic Crossroads

by John Whelan
     
 

To their credit, when Narada decided to dabble in Celtic music, they went with the "reel" thing, not an ethereal, synthesized version designed to appease an otherwise disinterested audience. Though willing to experiment and incorporate new elements into his music, accordionist John Whelan is not about compromise either. Yes, the production is slick, and yes, there's… See more details below

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To their credit, when Narada decided to dabble in Celtic music, they went with the "reel" thing, not an ethereal, synthesized version designed to appease an otherwise disinterested audience. Though willing to experiment and incorporate new elements into his music, accordionist John Whelan is not about compromise either. Yes, the production is slick, and yes, there's little spontaneity in these tracks, but Whelan's soulfulness and superb musicianship cannot be overlooked. Stars abound, including Jerry Douglas, Johnny Cunningham, Kathy Mattea, multi-instrumentalist Seamus Egan, and Whelan's Kips Bay cohort Pat Kilbride, who plays cittern and guitar. (Whelan declares Kilbride to be the best accompanist he's ever played with.) Kilbride, along with percussionist John Ballestero, creates an eerie and metronomic effect on "Mabel Ruddy's/Windy Gap." Whelan is perhaps without peer when it comes to delivering a melody on accordion; his style is generally of a cheerful and uptempo nature. On Celtic Crossroads, there are just enough doses of the sweet, sorrowful and haunting to yield an emotionally well-rounded listen. The combination of styles and textures is best exemplified on the Tommy Sands classic "There Were Roses," clearly an Irish song although Douglas' dobro and Mattea's vocals give it an American flavor. The backdrop of fiddle and pipes bring the song safely back home again to Ireland. Such a pattern is reflective of Whelan's own experience as an Irishman living in the U.S., playing music influenced by his native homeland.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/25/1997
Label:
Narada
UPC:
0083616106021
catalogNumber:
61060

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Tracks

  1. Riverboat Set: Denis Dillon's Square Dance Polka/Dancing on the River  - John Whelen
  2. Jigs: Mabel Ruddy's/The Windy Gap  - John Whelen
  3. Skimming the Surface  - John Whelen
  4. Ceol Nanolag  - John Whelen
  5. There Were Roses  - John Whelen
  6. Beautiful Blackwater/Maggie K's  - John Whelen
  7. Father Maroney's/95 South/Granny Barnes'  - John Whelen
  8. Chams Elysées  - John Whelen
  9. The Balkans  - John Whelen
  10. Grosse Ile  - John Whelen
  11. Ian's Return to Ireland, Yanik's, Denis Whelan's  - John Whelen
  12. The Flower of Magherally  - John Whelen
  13. Passage of Time  - John Whelen

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Whelan   Primary Artist,Accordion,Vocals
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Seamus Egan   Flute,Guitar,Mandolin,Whistle (Instrument),tin whistle,Low Whistle
Pat Kilbride   Guitar,Cittern
Kathy Mattea   Vocals,Track Performer
Johnny Cunningham   Fiddle
Lisa Gutkin   Fiddle,Violin,Octave Violin
Kinny Landrum   Conductor,Keyboards
Tim O'Brien   Mandolin
Jerry O'Sullivan   Whistle (Instrument),uillean pipes,tin whistle
Lincoln Schleifer   Bass
Mary Wooten   Cello
Winifred Horan   Fiddle
Mary McLaughlin   Vocals,Track Performer
John Ballesteros   Percussion
Todd Reynolds   Violin
Liz Knowles   Fiddle,Violin
John Whelen   Track Performer
Ron Lawrence   Viola,Alto Clarinet

Technical Credits

Chris Andersen   Engineer
Kinny Landrum   String Arrangements
Trevor Sadler   Mastering
Arthur Stoppe   Engineer
Bil VornDick   Engineer
John Whelan   Arranger,Producer
Mary McLaughlin   Arranger
Michael Sullivan   Executive Producer
Sirius String Quartet   Contributor

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