The Long Grazing Acre

The Long Grazing Acre

by Paddy Keenan


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The Long Grazing Acre

Bouzouki hero Donal Lunny has called Paddy Keenan "the Jimi Hendrix of the pipes," and while the comparison may seem a bit far-fetched in musical terms, as far as sheer virtuosity is concerned it's pretty apt. Keenan is no mere showoff -- his stately and decorous turns through jigs like "Lost and Found" and "Hag at the Church" demonstrate a level of musical maturity that goes far beyond simple virtuosity -- but when he wants to, he can haul off and shred like nobody's business. The live rendition of "Cork Hornpipe" that closes this album is a dazzling showcase of jaw-dropping technical prowess, as well as quite simply one of the prettiest tunes on the album. But for the most part, Keenan is happy to let the tunes themselves take top billing, and is as happy playing a sad, slow air on the low whistle as he is dancing through sprightly sets of reels and jigs on the pipes. Singer and guitarist Tommy O'Sullivan contributes several fine vocal performances, among them a nicely plainspoken and unpretentious version of Roly Salley's great "Killing the Blues" and a perhaps too-bland rendition of Sandy Denny's "Stranger to Himself." Altogether, this is an impressively varied and highly satisfying program of modern and traditional Irish music that should satisfy traditionalists and modernists equally.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/11/2003
Label: Compass Records
UPC: 0766397435527
catalogNumber: 974355

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paddy Keenan   Primary Artist,Human Whistle,Whistle (Instrument),uillean pipes
Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill   Harmonium,Keyboards
James Blennerhassett   Bass,Double Bass
Pearse Dunne   Chimes
John Fitzgerald   Organ,Keyboards
Stephen Housden   Electric Guitar
Gregg Sheehan   Percussion,Cymbals,Kalimba,Saw,Shaker
Tommy O'Sullivan   Guitar,Vocals,Hi String
Mary Green   Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Paddy Keenan   Arranger,Producer,Sleeve Notes
Pearse Dunne   Producer,Engineer
Tim O'Brien   Sleeve Notes
Griffin Norman   Repackaging Design
Tommy O'Sullivan   Arranger,Producer,Sleeve Notes
Cillian Ó Briain   Instrument Design

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