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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
With an album by four performers named Shannon, Gavin, McGoldrick, and Murray, it shouldn't be terribly surprising that Tunes leans toward Celtic music. What is surprising is that each of these performers would be quite capable on his or her own, but as a quartet, together they offer an enticing blend of traditional music. For all of the talent, however, Tunes is a tastefully low-key affair, with the artists, if you will, allowing the jigs and reels to take center stage. The arrangements -- accordion, fiddles, flutes, and guitars -- are quietly integrated, and the individual instrumentals -- both new and old -- weave together as if of one piece. Most of the pieces, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
With an album by four performers named Shannon, Gavin, McGoldrick, and Murray, it shouldn't be terribly surprising that Tunes leans toward Celtic music. What is surprising is that each of these performers would be quite capable on his or her own, but as a quartet, together they offer an enticing blend of traditional music. For all of the talent, however, Tunes is a tastefully low-key affair, with the artists, if you will, allowing the jigs and reels to take center stage. The arrangements -- accordion, fiddles, flutes, and guitars -- are quietly integrated, and the individual instrumentals -- both new and old -- weave together as if of one piece. Most of the pieces, like "Billy in the Low Ground," are connected to others in this case, "Lost Girl", allowing the material to shift and grow as it progresses, and most run between three and four minutes, not unlike the music one might hear at a country dance. In the end, the album's title perfectly captures the simplicity of this project as well as its success. With great talent and no pretense, Shannon, Gavin, McGoldrick, and Murray have created the kind of music that Celtic folk used to make on their back porches.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/12/2005
  • Label: Compass Records
  • UPC: 766397440521
  • Catalog Number: 974405
  • Sales rank: 164,025

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Frankie Gavin Primary Artist, Fiddle
Jim Murray Guitar, Guitar (Nylon String)
Sharon Shannon Accordion
James MacKintosh Percussion
Tony Molloy Bass
Mary Shannon Banjo
Michael McGoldrick Flute, Human Whistle
John Joe Kelly Bodhran
Technical Credits
Liz Carroll Composer
Frankie Gavin Composer
Sharon Shannon Composer
Joanie Madden Composer
Tim Martin Engineer, Mastering
Michael McGoldrick Composer, Whistle
Javier Tejedor Composer
Leo Healy Transportation
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