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Tunes
     

Tunes

by Frankie Gavin
 
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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/12/2005
Label:
Compass Records
UPC:
0766397440521
catalogNumber:
974405
Rank:
245019

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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
Michael McGoldrick   Composer,Whistle
Javier Tejedor   Composer
Leo Healy   Transportation

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