Ciaran Tourish Down the Line
Dirty Linen: "It's a really fine and lively set of jigs, reels, waltzes, and ballads that Ciaran Tourish has put together for his debut solo recording."
- Released: June 7, 2005
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Compass Records
Dirty Linen - p.83"It's a really fine and lively set of jigs, reels, waltzes, and ballads that Ciaran Tourish has put together for his debut solo recording."
- $0.99 on iTunes1.Port Chuilinn / The Cordal Jig / Paddy Taylor's Jig
- $0.99 on iTunes2.Carlisle Bay Waltz
- $0.99 on iTunes3.Dreams Will Come
- $0.99 on iTunes4.Lord Gordon's Reel
- $0.99 on iTunes5.Are You Tired of Me My Darling?
- $0.99 on iTunes6.Oldtown
- $0.99 on iTunes7.Port Na Bpucai
- $0.99 on iTunes8.Molly Ban / Flowers Of Edinburgh / Famous Ballymote
- $0.99 on iTunes9.Slan le Mhaigh
- $0.99 on iTunes10.Lucy Campbell's / The Flogging (Reels)
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Personnel: Ciar n Tourish (fiddle, whistle); Tim O'Brien (vocals, mandolin); Darrell Scott, Arty McGlynn (guitar); Percy Robinson (pedal steel guitar); Jerry Douglas (dobro); Neil Martin (cello); Phil Cunningham (accordion); Viktor Krauss (bass instrument); Jim Higgins (percussion).
For his first solo album, Altan fiddler and whistle player Ciaran Tourish doesn't move far from the template established by his longtime band. Over a strictly traditional acoustic setting, Tourish solos on both of his primary instruments on a selection of traditional Irish dance tunes and a small handful of his own compositions in the style. As a fiddler, Tourish isn't interested in flash or showboating displays of speed, preferring to let his melodies do the work for him. It's a refreshingly humble attitude in a style that occasional pays more attention to chops than is strictly necessary. On the three vocal tracks, Tourish cedes the spotlight almost entirely, first to Paul Brady on his own "Dreams Will Come" (a typically excellent performance by a faithfully excellent performer) and later to Maura O'Connell on the traditional air "Slan Le Mhaigh" (ditto). In between is a less successful cross-cultural experiment. The version of the Carter Family's "Are You Tired of Me, My Darling?" is clearly meant to make plain the historical connections between country music and Irish folk traditions, but in an unfamiliar musical context, singers Alison Krauss and Tim O'Brien merely sound stiff and uncomfortable. That misstep aside, Down the Line is an encouraging solo debut. ~ Stewart Mason
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