The Sligo Indians

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The notation below Tony DeMarco's name on the album cover says "New York Irish Fiddler," but the fact that he's from New York is less interesting than the apparent fact that he's, well, Italian. In fact, he's half Italian and half Irish, and it's the latter side of his heritage that is on full display on this stunning collection of tunes played in the style common to County Sligo. It's a style that relies less on florid ornamentation than some others do, while leaning more heavily on melodic variation; DeMarco's particular sound is admirably clear and clean, his approach to variation intelligent without being overly showy. On his long-overdue solo debut he is accompanied ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The notation below Tony DeMarco's name on the album cover says "New York Irish Fiddler," but the fact that he's from New York is less interesting than the apparent fact that he's, well, Italian. In fact, he's half Italian and half Irish, and it's the latter side of his heritage that is on full display on this stunning collection of tunes played in the style common to County Sligo. It's a style that relies less on florid ornamentation than some others do, while leaning more heavily on melodic variation; DeMarco's particular sound is admirably clear and clean, his approach to variation intelligent without being overly showy. On his long-overdue solo debut he is accompanied by an all-star cast of sidemen including Kevin Burke, Jerry O'Sullivan, Seamus Tansey, and even legendary jazz bassist John Pattitucci, among many others. Identifying highlights is difficult on a program as consistently brilliant as this one, but a few do stand out: the simple but soaringly lovely tune "Philip O'Beirne's Delight" features not only some of DeMarco's most tasteful playing, but also quietly brilliant guitar accompaniment by John Doyle and an array of Latin percussion as well. The slow air "The Blackbird" is a mournful but beautiful duet between DeMarco and uilleann piper Ivan Goff, and there's a polka set that features absolutely stunning double-tracked fiddle and baritone fiddle playing by DeMarco alongside some brilliantly understated bodhran playing by Tom English. It all adds up to one of the most thoroughly enjoyable albums of traditional Irish music to be heard in years. Very highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/2008
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • UPC: 093074054529
  • Catalog Number: 40545
  • Sales rank: 279,029

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tony DeMarco Primary Artist, Fiddle, Baritone Violin
Kevin Burke Fiddle, Guest Appearance
John Patitucci Bass, Guest Appearance
John Doyle Guitar
Charlie Lennon Piano, Guest Appearance
Jerry O'Sullivan uillean pipes, Guest Appearance
Eddie Bobe Conga, Clavinet, Shekere, Guest Appearance
Tom English Bodhran, Guest Appearance
Seamus Tansey Flute, Guest Appearance
Peter Horan Flute, Guest Appearance
Natalie Haas Cello, Guest Appearance
Séamie O'Dowd Guitar, Vocals, Guest Appearance
Ivan Goff uillean pipes, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Kevin Burke Annotation
Mick Moloney Annotation
Andy McGann Composer
Tony DeMarco Composer, Producer, Annotation, Track Notes
Bob Katz Mastering
Charlie Lennon Engineer
Oliver Strauss Engineer
Marlow Palleja Art Direction
Don Meade Annotation, Track Notes
D.A. Sonneborn Executive Producer
Daniel Sheehy Executive Producer
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