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New York-based Whirligig prove that the move toward innovative new Irish music isn't limited to the Emerald Isle. The Isle of Manhattan, with its seisuns at East Village spots such as Mona's and Sin-E, has nurtured a number of outstanding Irish-music specialists, not all of them Irish. Quite a few of these turn up in Whirligig, who with their second album, SPIN, bring a cosmopolitan sophistication to songs composed of jigs, reels, ballads, and other material less definable. Vocalist Lisa Moscatiello, fiddler Lisa Gutkin, and guitarist Paul Kovit might not be the names you'd expect to find behind the heartbreaking rendition of the Joe Heaney tune "The Nobleman's ...
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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
New York-based Whirligig prove that the move toward innovative new Irish music isn't limited to the Emerald Isle. The Isle of Manhattan, with its seisuns at East Village spots such as Mona's and Sin-E, has nurtured a number of outstanding Irish-music specialists, not all of them Irish. Quite a few of these turn up in Whirligig, who with their second album, SPIN, bring a cosmopolitan sophistication to songs composed of jigs, reels, ballads, and other material less definable. Vocalist Lisa Moscatiello, fiddler Lisa Gutkin, and guitarist Paul Kovit might not be the names you'd expect to find behind the heartbreaking rendition of the Joe Heaney tune "The Nobleman's Wedding," or the set of fiery reels that make up "The Abbey Reels." But then again, you might not expect to find a pipe-laden version of the B-52s' "Revolution Earth" on an Irish music album, either. No matter -- on this mix of traditional, nontraditional, and original material, the seven members of Whirligig, which include Klezmatic clarinetist Matt Darriau, acquit themselves well. A broad instrumental palette of stings, horns, pipes, and sundry percussion is augmented by the players' varied experience: "Mood Vertigo" features a clarinet solo that wouldn't be out of place at a klezmer hoedown, and the soprano sax solo "Gregorian Chant" finds Yves Duboin in an early-music mood. Susan McKeown, a light of New York's Irish scene, contributes her "Through the Bitter Frost and Snow" and harmony vocals throughout, and piper Jerry O' Sullivan drops by, along with other guests bent on giving Irish music a new SPIN.
All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The idea of fusing Celtic musical traditions with those of other ethnic cultures isn't exactly a new one -- bands like Mouth Music, Black 47, and the Afro Celt Sound System have all been doing just that in various ways for years. But the New York-based band Whirligig does it in a way that is both more adventurous and less self-promoting than most. When they add subtle drum programming, a clarinet obbligato, and a horn section to Lisa Moscatiello's exquisite singing on "A Fair Maid Walking," it doesn't sound like they're trying to be cute; it sounds like they've hit upon a perfect arrangement and simply weren't bothered by the fact that the clarinet has no traditional role in Irish music. And "Mood Vertigo," a tune written by guitarist Paul Kovit shortly after he purchased a home in County Donegal, draws at least as heavily on Klezmer modes and rhythms as it does on Irish ones, to delightful effect. That's just two tracks out of ten, each of which is almost equally refreshing and attractive. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/14/2000
  • Label: 1-800 Prime Cd
  • UPC: 782073007024
  • Catalog Number: 70

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Whirligig Primary Artist
Greg Anderson Organ, Bass, Bouzouki, Guitar, Mandolin, Piano, Cittern, Vocal Harmony
Matt Darriau Clarinet, Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Whistle (Instrument), kaval, Low Whistle
Yves Duboin Flute, Soprano Saxophone
Lisa Gutkin Fiddle, Violin
Paul Kovit Guitar, Mandolin, Cittern, Vocal Harmony
Susan McKeown Vocal Harmony
Lisa Moscatiello Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Jerry O'Sullivan uillean pipes
Terre Roche Vocal Harmony
Brendan Dolan Piano
Catherine Bent Cello
Tom Zajac Bagpipes, Sackbut
Rob Henke Trumpet, Alto Horn
Eilish Egan Button Accordion
Cillian Vallely Whistle (Instrument), uillean pipes, Low Whistle
Zach Lester Bodhran
Technical Credits
Chris Andersen Engineer
Greg Anderson Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Kathleen Breitenfeld Cover Design
Mark Dann Engineer, Digital Editing, Mastering
Lisa Moscatiello Arranger
David Tobias Engineer
Peter Karl Engineer, Digital Editing
Whirligig Arranger
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