Alec Stone Sweet | Memory & Praise

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Memory & Praise

by Alec Stone Sweet

A lovely mixture of traditional Celtic, international and Appalachian guitar instrumentals.
Genre: Folk: Gentle
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1. Mrs. Poer, (or) the Concerto
4:00 album only
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2. Ducks On the Pond/The Frosty Morning
5:00 album only
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3. Squire Wood's Lamentation on the Loss of His Half Pence
2:55 album only
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4. An Phis Fluich, (or) the Choice Wife
2:31 album only
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5. Manx Lullaby/O'Carolan's Welcome
3:36 album only
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6. O'Carolan's Farewell to Music
4:30 album only
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7. Bells
1:35 album only
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8. Lamentation of Owen Roe O'Neill
3:22 album only
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9. Mona Vu
2:41 album only
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10. The Rights of Man
4:12 album only
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11. Connemara Stocking
2:09 album only
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12. Shady Grove/Salt River
3:30 album only
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13. Mabel Kelly
4:32 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Aside from his day job as a professor of comparative European politics at Oxford University, an author or co-editor of five books on international law, and an avocation as a classically trained cordon bleu chef, Alec Stone Sweet is also an exquisite acoustic guitarist. His debut CD, "Memory & Praise," is a sublime collection of instrumental guitar music that reflects a global sensibility. Featured are six of Alec's arrangements of compositions by the blind 17th Century Irish harpist, Turlough O'Carolan, two medleys of Appalachian fiddle tunes (played on guitar using the "clawhammer" banjo style, and dance tunes from Israel ("Mona Vu"), France ("Bells"), and Ireland ("An Phis Fluich"). Sparse, beautiful and filed with soul, this CD flows with deeply emotional music. "Alec's guitar playing is extraordinary, resembling no one else in touch, technique or feel," says the world class American guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Jody Stecher, and fellow virtuoso Martin Simpson agrees, calling the CD "beautifully simple and simply beautiful traditional music played with love, reverence and fine tone."

Bio:

Pacific Northwest native Alec Stone Sweet has been playing guitar since the age of 18. He spent many years living abroad in France and Italy, where his unique guitar style developed, and has taught guitar at the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop and at guitar camps throughout the United States. He is currently a professor of comparative European politics at Oxford University in England.

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bchristophersen

Memory & Praise
It's not just that Sweet turns the trick of playing clawhammer guitar: It's the musicality he brings to his renditions--his use of dynamics and variations to develop fiddle tunes, the guitar body processing the plunks and pops of clawhammer into something resonant and beautiful.
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bchristophersen

Memory & Praise
It's not just that Sweet turns the trick of playing clawhammer guitar: It's the musicality he brings to his renditions--his use of dynamics and variation to develop fiddle tunes, the guitar body all the while processing the plunks and pops of clawhammer into something resonant and beautiful.
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Teri

Oh so good!
I was most impressed with the collection of musical artistry included in this CD. This is a wonderful CD perfect with dinner, in front of a roaring fire, reading a book, or anytime you want to put your mind at ease or just feel good. Bravo, Alec!
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