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In Good Company

by Caesar Pacifici & Brian Brooks

Pacifici & Brooks blend traditional Irish, blues, and original music.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
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1. The Morning Dew
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2. Maison De Glace / Muireann's Jig
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3. This Side of the Sun / The Tam Lin Reel
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4. The Girl Who Broke My Heart
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5. Paddy Fahy's Reel
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6. Cool Reggae / The Old Copperplate
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7. The Lighthouse Keeper's Waltz
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8. Tony's Jigs
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9. Between the Wars / Walsh's Hornpipe
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10. The Britches / John Stenson's
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11. The Sligo Indians
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12. The Last Waltz
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Caesar Pacifici and Brian Brooks met in New York City in the early 1970's and formed a folk/rock band called Banish Misfortune followed by a traditional acoustic band called The Flying Cloud. The main incarnation of the latter, featuring fiddle player Tony DeMarco and singer Dan Milner, played in legendary local haunts such as The Bells of Hell and The Eagle Tavern, toured nationally, and recorded for Adelphi records.

After Flying Cloud days, Caesar moved from his home base in New York City to Eugene, Oregon, and now lives in Bloomington, Indiana. Brian, from Wembley, England, went on to live in the Netherlands and Brazil, and now lives back in London. During that interval, they pursued other ventures in music, art, education, career, and family (more bio details).

On a trip to England in 2008, Caesar finally met up with Brian for the first time in 30 years. At the end of the visit Brian suggested a transatlantic recording project. It took another 8 years to clear the decks. Brian sent Caesar a guide track of traditional tune The Morning Dew with the idea of developing it musically. The blues found its way into the mix and a sound was born that brings together traditional Irish, blues, and original music from a lifetime of experiences.

For their debut CD Caesar and Brian invited some of their favorite players to join the party: renowned fiddle players Kevin Burke, Tony DeMarco, and Tony Fitzgibbon; Grey Larsen on wooden flute, Angelo Pacifici on electric guitar, and Clare and Sarah Brooks on backing vocals. In Good Company, indeed!.

We hope you enjoy it.

Pacifici & Brooks
In Good Company

All tracks © arranged by Caesar Pacifici and Brian Brooks
Mixed and mastered by Brian Brooks at Amity Grove Studios
Additional production by Caesar Pacifici
Recorded in the USA, the UK and the Republic of Ireland
Cover painting by Brian Brooks

The Morning Dew (traditional) 4:13
Caesar Pacifici - acoustic guitar, bones
Angelo Pacifici - electric guitar
Kevin Burke - fiddle
Brian Brooks - bouzouki

Kevin Burke’s version. For this arrangement we start on the third part and end on the first.

Maison de Glace / Muireann's Jig (Réjean Brunet/Niall Vallely) 7:05
Caesar Pacifici - acoustic guitar
Kevin Burke - fiddle
Brian Brooks - bouzouki, acoustic guitar, keyboards, programming

A Québécois tune from a recording by the composer’s brother, André Brunet. Muireann’s is from the Callan Bridge album featuring Niall and Cillian Vallely.

This Side of the Sun / The Tam Lin Reel (Brooks/traditional) 6:32
Caesar Pacifici - acoustic guitar
Kevin Burke - fiddle
Brian Brooks - vocals, acoustic guitar, whistles

Brian wrote this song in a folk/blues style as a result of his years spent in Brazil with his family. Tam Lin is a session favorite, often known as 'The Glasgow Reel'.

The Girl Who Broke My Heart (traditional) 4:41
Caesar Pacifici - acoustic guitar
Kevin Burke - fiddle
Brian Brooks - acoustic guitar, organ

We first heard this reel from Martin Hayes. This is Kevin’s version.

Paddy Fahy's Reel (Paddy Fahy) 4:16
Caesar Pacifici - acoustic and electric guitar
Angelo Pacifici - electric guitar
Kevin Burke - fiddle
Brian Brooks - Acoustic guitar, bouzouki, keyboards, programming, percussion

From Kevin Burke.

Cool Reggae / The Old Copperplate (Brooks/traditional) 6:08
Caesar Pacifici - acoustic guitar
Kevin Burke - fiddle
Brian Brooks - vocals, bouzouki, electric guitar, keyboards, programming
Clare Brooks - backing vocals
Sarah Brooks - backing vocals

The song was inspired by Reggae music mostly heard in Latin America and the Caribbean. This version of The Old Copperplate comes from Tony DeMarco’s rendering of it in his fiddle primer, A Trip to Sligo.

The Lighthouse Keeper's Waltz (Cal Scott, Swithsongs, BMI) 4:30
Caesar Pacifici - acoustic guitar
Kevin Burke - fiddle
Brian Brooks - acoustic guitar, piano

A tribute to composer Cal Scott, and Kevin.

Tony's Jigs (traditional) 5:11
(Joe O'Dowd's Jig/The Pride of Rockchapel/Up Sligo/The Coach Road to Sligo)
Caesar Pacifici - acoustic guitar
Grey Larsen - flute
Brian Brooks - acoustic guitar, bouzouki

All four of these jigs were included in Tony DeMarco’s primer on Sligo style fiddling, A Trip to Sligo.

Between the Wars / Walsh's Hornpipe (Brooks/traditional) 6:20
Caesar Pacifici - acoustic guitar
Tony Fitzgibbon - fiddle
Brian Brooks - vocals, acoustic guitar

The melody for this song comes from the traditional song 'The Water Is Wide'. Except for that one line, all of the lyrics are original. This version of Walsh’s Hornpipe is from Kevin.

The Britches / John Stenson's (traditional/John Stenson) 5:22
Caesar Pacifici - acoustic guitar
Grey Larsen - flute
Brian Brooks - acoustic guitar, bouzouki

The Britches is from Martin Hayes. We first heard Stenson’s from New York fiddler, Andi Leahy.

The Sligo Indians (Tony DeMarco) 3:42
Caesar Pacifici - acoustic guitar
Tony DeMarco - fiddle
Brian Brooks - bouzouki, acoustic guitar

An original from fiddler Tony DeMarco.

The Last Waltz (Brooks) 4:48
Caesar Pacifici - acoustic guitar
Tony Fitzgibbon - fiddle
Brian Brooks - vocals, acoustic guitar, piano, programming
Clare Brooks - backing vocals
Sarah Brooks - backing vocals

Brian wrote this song over the course of several years while living in various countries. The original inspiration came from time spent in bars in New York City during the 1970's.

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