Wild & Beautiful

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Produced by renowned songwriter Archie Fisher "The Witch of Westmoreland", this album presents Silly Wizard doing contemporary songs built on traditional themes. The mixture of original songs and favorite jigs strung together is compelling throughout, and the contemporary songs all have the feel of having been written centuries ago. A gorgeous Andy M. Stewart arrangement of two different versions of the same song, "If I Was a Blackbird," opens the album, and the music only gets more beautiful from there. Phil Cunningham's "The Pearl," written to honor his parents' 30th anniversary, may be one of the prettiest instrumentals ever composed for a modern folk group. The ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Produced by renowned songwriter Archie Fisher "The Witch of Westmoreland", this album presents Silly Wizard doing contemporary songs built on traditional themes. The mixture of original songs and favorite jigs strung together is compelling throughout, and the contemporary songs all have the feel of having been written centuries ago. A gorgeous Andy M. Stewart arrangement of two different versions of the same song, "If I Was a Blackbird," opens the album, and the music only gets more beautiful from there. Phil Cunningham's "The Pearl," written to honor his parents' 30th anniversary, may be one of the prettiest instrumentals ever composed for a modern folk group. The production and recording also give a wonderfully up close image of each instrument's distinctive timbre, imparting the intimacy of a chamber music performance to the proceedings.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Shanachie
  • UPC: 016351792822
  • Catalog Number: 79028
  • Sales rank: 104,919

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Silly Wizard Primary Artist
Dougie MacLean Fiddle
Roy Ashby Drums
Martin Hadden Acoustic Guitar, Electric Bass, Keyboards
Gordon Jones Acoustic Guitar, Bodhran
Phil Cunningham Accordion, Keyboards, Vocals, Human Whistle
Technical Credits
Archie Fisher Producer
Silly Wizard Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes
Neil Ross Engineer
Bill Giolando Mastering
Jon Zollman Executive Producer
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