Goodnight Ginger

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Marriage has a reputation for settling young men down. But fiddler John McCusker's recent marriage to singer Kate Rusby seems to have had something of the opposite effect, if the cover photo that graces his third solo album is any indication -- it shows him sporting a sparse and strangely-coiffed mohawk. Musically, though, he remains fairly conservative, but in a good way. "Goodnight Ginger" consists mainly of original compositions, all of them written in a style that will feel very comfortable to any fan of traditional British and Celtic music. McCusker's remarkable compositional skill and casual instrumental virtuosity are well showcased here, and his accompanists are ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Marriage has a reputation for settling young men down. But fiddler John McCusker's recent marriage to singer Kate Rusby seems to have had something of the opposite effect, if the cover photo that graces his third solo album is any indication -- it shows him sporting a sparse and strangely-coiffed mohawk. Musically, though, he remains fairly conservative, but in a good way. "Goodnight Ginger" consists mainly of original compositions, all of them written in a style that will feel very comfortable to any fan of traditional British and Celtic music. McCusker's remarkable compositional skill and casual instrumental virtuosity are well showcased here, and his accompanists are tastefully chosen -- they include Phil Cunningham and Andy Cutting on accordion, the excellent flutist Michael McGoldrick and bassist Andy Seward, among others; Rusby contributes vocals on a lovely setting of the poem "The Bold Privateer," which employs a melody by Cunningham. Highly recommended to all lovers of the traditional music of the British Isles.
fRoots
He's put together an album of tunes that already is a serious contender for one of the best albums of 2003.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/11/2003
  • Label: Compass Records
  • UPC: 766397435220
  • Catalog Number: 974352
  • Sales rank: 195,770

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John McCusker Primary Artist, Fiddle, Viola, Human Whistle, Cittern
Ian Carr Guitar
Andy Cutting Accordion (Diatonic)
John Doyle Guitar
Iain MacDonald Flute, Pipe
James MacKintosh Percussion
Ewen Vernal Double Bass
Neil Yates Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Kate Rusby Vocals
Simon Thoumire Concertina
Phil Cunningham Piano, Accordion
Michael McGoldrick Flute, Pipe, Human Whistle, Bodhran
Brian Finnegan Human Whistle
Iain MacFarlane Fiddle
Technical Credits
John McCusker Arranger, Producer
Paul McGeechan Mastering
Brian Ledgard Artwork
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