Flirting with the Edge

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All Music Guide - Rodney Batdorf
Flirting with the Edge continues John Whelan's pattern of releasing records that push the boundaries of traditional Celtic music. Like Michael Flatley, Lord of the Dance whom Whelan has worked with, Whelan brings Irish music to mainstream America, but the accordionist doesn't dress it up in as much glitz as his former partner, preferring to keep his instrumentation simple, direct and as close to traditional Celtic music as possible. It's in his style, his technique, and collaborations with guest artists like Bernadette Peters, Connie Dover, Samite and Oscar Lopez that he breaks down the boundaries, illustrating what a versatile form Celtic can be, not to mention the ...
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All Music Guide - Rodney Batdorf
Flirting with the Edge continues John Whelan's pattern of releasing records that push the boundaries of traditional Celtic music. Like Michael Flatley, Lord of the Dance whom Whelan has worked with, Whelan brings Irish music to mainstream America, but the accordionist doesn't dress it up in as much glitz as his former partner, preferring to keep his instrumentation simple, direct and as close to traditional Celtic music as possible. It's in his style, his technique, and collaborations with guest artists like Bernadette Peters, Connie Dover, Samite and Oscar Lopez that he breaks down the boundaries, illustrating what a versatile form Celtic can be, not to mention the potential of the accordion.
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  • Release Date: 2/24/1998
  • Label: Narada
  • UPC: 724384544423
  • Catalog Number: 45444

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Whelan Primary Artist, Accordion
Seamus Egan Flute, tin whistle
Pat Kilbride Guitar, Cittern
Connie Dover Vocals
Samite Vocals, Kalimba
Bernadette Peters Vocals
Robin Bullock Guitar, Mandolin, Cittern
Gary Burke Drums
Kinny Landrum Synthesizer
Dennis McDermott Drums
Jerry O'Sullivan uillean pipes
Mary Wooten Cello
John Skelton Flute, Whistle (Instrument), Bombard
Oscar Lopez Guitar
Todd Reynolds Violin
Liz Knowles Fiddle, Violin, Viola
Randy Crafton Percussion
Tom Wetmore Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass
Ron Lawrence Viola
Technical Credits
Seamus Egan Contributor
Pat Kilbride Contributor
Chris Andersen Engineer
Rob Eaton Engineer
Kinny Landrum String Arrangements
Jerry O'Sullivan Contributor
Trevor Sadler Mastering
John Whelan Arranger, Producer
Michael Sullivan Executive Producer
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