Music from the Atlantic Fringe

Music from the Atlantic Fringe

by The Unwanted

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Overview

Siglo, Ireland, seems an unlikely home for a trio that plays American roots music, but as everyone knows, the music of Ireland and Scotland is the backbone of a lot of mountain music from bluegrass to the droning Appalachian laments of Jean Ritchie and Dock Boggs. The Unwanted -- Cathy Jordan and Séamus O'Dowd, both formerly of Dervish, and American pal Rick Epping -- are all avid song collectors and folklorists as well as performers, and are familiar with the ways music from Ireland and America has crisscrossed the Atlantic, transforming itself from jig and reels to cowboy songs and blues. Like all folk musicians, they continue to reshape and transform the songs themselves. "The Morning Blues," a ragtime tune popularized by the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, gets a jaunty treatment with O'Dowd's slide guitar shooting off sparks and Epping singing an insouciant lead. "Angelina Baker" combines a traditional tune with a melody by Stephen Foster, to tell the tale of a poor boy driven mad by love. O'Dowd's fiddle, Epping's banjo, and Jordan's bodhrán lend the tune a Celtic flavor. "Sadly Grows the Rose" sounds ancient, but was written by Nashville songwriter Sharon Vaughn. Jordan's fragile vocal gives the song a suitably hopeless feel. "Sweet Becky at the Loom," another song of hopeless love, dates from the American Civil War, with a melancholy tune that echoes the green hills of Ireland. Jordan sings it with a perfect air of hopeless desperation. The Rolling Stones' "No Expectations" is performed with the trio's aching three-part harmonies complementing O'Dowd's sparse, slithering Dobro work, while "It's Cool to Be Green" shows their lighthearted side, with an ironic ragtime take on ecological disaster.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/03/2009
Label: Compass Records
UPC: 0766397452623
catalogNumber: 4526
Rank: 244896

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Unwanted   Primary Artist
Rick Epping   Harmonica,Mandolin,Concertina,Vocals,Jaw Harp,5-string Banjo
Cathy Jordan   Bouzouki,Guitar,Trombone,Autoharp,Vocals,Bodhran
Séamie O'Dowd   Dobro,Fiddle,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Darbouka,Snare Drums
Seamie O'Dowd   Dobro,Fiddle,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Snare Drums

Technical Credits

Rick Epping   Producer,Liner Notes,Graphic Design,Cover Design
Cathy Jordan   Producer,Liner Notes,Cover Design
Brian McDonagh   Producer
Séamie O'Dowd   Producer,Liner Notes,Cover Design
Ray Duffy   Engineer
Seamie O'Dowd   Producer,Liner Notes

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