Myraid

Myraid

by Gerry O'Connor
     
 
Some call Gerry O'Connor the best tenor banjo player in the history of Irish music. Listen to the lead track on his solo debut -- a romp through the reels "Trip to Durrow," "Tom Ward's Downfall" and "Shearing the Sheep," all taken at thrill-ride tempos, and you may well agree. Not only is his playing heart-stoppingly fast, but it's

Overview

Some call Gerry O'Connor the best tenor banjo player in the history of Irish music. Listen to the lead track on his solo debut -- a romp through the reels "Trip to Durrow," "Tom Ward's Downfall" and "Shearing the Sheep," all taken at thrill-ride tempos, and you may well agree. Not only is his playing heart-stoppingly fast, but it's informed by a unique approach to the triplet patterns that distinguish Irish banjo playing from other styles, and a cross-picking technique that would make Jesse McReynolds green with envy. This album shows him to be in complete control of the ancient traditions, but also willing to experiment with electric instruments (as on "Red Hill Burning" and the bluegrass-influenced "Classical Grass"). That combination of virtuosity, deeply rooted traditionalism and forward-looking artistry combine to make this one of the best albums of Irish music in recent years.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/18/1999
Label:
Compass Records
UPC:
0766397427225
catalogNumber:
974272
Rank:
118339

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gerry O'Connor   Primary Artist,Banjo,Fiddle,Guitar
Steve Cooney   Bass,Guitar
Kevin Doherty   Guitar
Vinnie Kilduff   Mandolin,Human Whistle
Manus Lunny   Bouzouki,Bodhran
Paul Moran   Bongos,Drums
Donald Shaw   Piano
Michael OConnor   Accordion
Jim Sutherland   Percussion,Drums,Chinese Bells
Dick Farrelly   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Drums
Liam O'Connor   Fiddle
Randall Lee Rainwater   Dobro
Kieran Kiely   Organ,Keyboards,Low Whistle
Dave Martin   Flugelhorn,Muted Trumpet,Brass
Paddy O'Gorman   Bodhran

Technical Credits

Gerry O'Connor   Arranger,Producer
Vinnie Kilduff   Arranger
Stuart Hamilton   Engineer
Grant Milne   Engineer
Garrett Miller   Cover Photo

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