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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Concertina player John Williams hails from Chicago, but comes from a long line of Irish musicians with roots in County Clare; he has won five all-Ireland titles and was the first American-born musician to take first place in the senior concertina category. On his second solo album, he's joined by local fiddler Liz Carroll, guitarists Dennis Cahill, Randall Bays, and Dean Magraw, bassist Larry Gray, percussionist Paul Wertico, and his colleagues from Solas, Seamus Egan and John Doyle, for a set of traditional tunes played with equally high levels of energy and skill. Williams himself spends most of his time on concertina, but also plays button accordion, flute, whistles, ...
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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Concertina player John Williams hails from Chicago, but comes from a long line of Irish musicians with roots in County Clare; he has won five all-Ireland titles and was the first American-born musician to take first place in the senior concertina category. On his second solo album, he's joined by local fiddler Liz Carroll, guitarists Dennis Cahill, Randall Bays, and Dean Magraw, bassist Larry Gray, percussionist Paul Wertico, and his colleagues from Solas, Seamus Egan and John Doyle, for a set of traditional tunes played with equally high levels of energy and skill. Williams himself spends most of his time on concertina, but also plays button accordion, flute, whistles, and bodhran, and sometimes more than one at once, as on the multi-tracked slow reel set "Paddy Canny's Toast & Paddy Faheys." Elsewhere, the arrangements are more minimal: The jigs "Up in the Garret" and "The Old Tipperary" are bare-bones concertina and guitar (and beautiful in that setting), while the reels "Billy Brocker's," "The Old Dudeen," and "The Night We Had the Goats" feature Williams on whistles, Paul Donnelly on bodhran, and an unidentified drone; the result is vaguely eerie. This is a complex and lovely album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/4/2001
  • Label: Green Linnet
  • UPC: 048248121521
  • Catalog Number: 481215
  • Sales rank: 235,846

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Williams [accordion] Primary Artist, Flute, Concertina, Bodhran, tin whistle, Drones, Low Whistle, Button Accordion
Liz Carroll Fiddle
John Doyle Guitar
Larry Gray Bass, Cello
Dean Magraw Guitar
Paul Wertico Percussion
Randal Bays Guitar
Dennis Cahill Guitar
Paul Donnelly Bodhran
Jim DeWan Guitar
Technical Credits
Michael O'Suilleabhain Liner Notes
David Glasser Mastering
Craig Williams Engineer
John Williams [accordion] Arranger, Producer
Traditional Composer
Cornelius Lyons Composer
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