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All Along the Sea

by Caridwen & Greg Spatz

Caridwen and Greg play a mixture of trad Celtic, French-Canadian, Old-Time, and Klezmer music, as well as original music, on stringed instruments including fiddles, banjo and bouzouki -- but the real centerpiece of the duo is Caridwen's gorgeous singing
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Reel Me Out
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2. Le long de la mer jolie
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3. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
3:36 $0.99
4. The Lost Road Home
3:29 $0.99
5. Freilach
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6. Waiting for the Lark / Paddy Fahy's
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7. Anachie Gordon
5:51 $0.99
8. Thistletown
3:21 $0.99
9. Splendid Isolation / The New Mown Meadow
4:54 $0.99
10. Day of the Wren / Young Barnett's
3:35 $0.99
11. Handsome Cabin Boy / The Emigrant's Jig
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12. Smile
3:32 $0.99
13. I Can't Conceal That I Prefer You / Farewell to Ireland
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Album Notes
Greg and Caridwen Spatz have been playing music together since first meeting in 2000 as instructors at the British Columbia Bluegrass Workshop in Sorrento BC. Founding, core members of the celebrated Washington State acoustic world-music quartet Mighty Squirrel, they are known as well for their stellar, individual fiddle work with the ever popular bands John Reischman and the Jaybirds (Greg) and Prairie Flyer (Caridwen).

"All Along The Sea" showcases fiddle and twin-fiddle playing from a gamut of styles – Celtic, eastern European, and old-time – but highlights most of all Caridwen’s uniquely haunting and multilingual vocals. She has been hailed as having a voice “made for Celtic music…lyrical, ethereal…expressive, flexible and utterly charming” (Audiophile Audition) and she is just as at home singing in Gaelic or English as she is in French, Yiddish or Ladino. Backed by Greg’s inimitable “knockout” bouzouki stylings – “Just a phenomenal example of what can be done with the instrument!” says Nashville Public Radio’s Dave Higgs – the results are mesmerizing. By turns moving, uplifting, spooky, enchanting.



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Bluegrass Unlimited

Oct. 1, 2018 review
For years, I imagine Caridwen and Greg Spatz have heard people say, “You should do an album together.” Now they have, and it’s glorious. Few duos could have recorded a collection of such range and mastery, one that melds Irish, Swing, French, Scottish, Klezmer, and English ballads; and yes, they write tunes and songs, as well, that stand up with the best of these genres.

I’m gushing, but then I was one among many who were anticipating this release. This is not something they did just to have one more item for sale at the record table. It’s a work of love, dedication, craft and inspiration. The care that went into the sound, production, and packaging are indicative of how Caridwen and Greg approach their art(s)—with thoroughness, exactness, and just the right dash of serendipity.

Caridwen is a wonderful singer and fiddler with great tone and expression on both voice and strings. She’s also a luthier and built the fiddle she plays here. In the bluegrass world, Greg is best known as the fiddler for John Reischman & The Jaybirds, but he’s also put out his own albums, as well as several works of fiction well worth your attention. They’ve added banjo and bouzouki, respectively, here too.

Irish music aficionados will recognize “Farewell To Ireland,” “Rolling Waves,” and “Paddy Fahey,” all placed in sets with original tunes or songs that give them new significance. My favorites are an original tune by Caridwen, “The Day Of The Wren,” and Greg’s “The Lost Road Home,” both of which should become standards. Though this is an “on the edge” recording in relation to bluegrass, it’s currently the center of my listening world and getting heavy rotation.

Penguin Eggs Review

Penguin Eggs Magazine
Caridwen and Greg Spatz aren’t exactly famous. But one might call them acoustic music’s power couple. Between the two of them, the musical chops are prodigious, and the combination of the two is downright intimidating.
Greg is John Reischman’s longtime fiddle player, while Caridwen, also a fiddler, made a splash with Mighty Squirrel and can sing in many languages. The Spokane, Washington-based couple has a created a 13-song album strong on the traditional Celtic feel, but much more, including klezmer, Acadien, and even a couple of jazz standards.

Much of the album features a delicate interweaving, with few overdubs, of Caridwen’s fiddle and Greg’s beautifully arpeggiated bouzouki playing, but the listener is also treated to twin fiddles and Caridwen’s clawhammer banjo playing.

Caridwen has the perfect gentle, clear voice for Celtic fare, and the traditional songs both vocal and instrument, are well-curated. Anachie Gordon grieves over young Jeannie, who is forced to marry a rich lord but is willing to die for her beloved Anachie. Handsome Cabinboy, which is about a young girl who disguises herself to sign on for a voyage, might be a relevant song with today’s babble over gender confusion. The originals, including Reel Me Out and the haunting twin fiddles of Thistletown, stand up with the rest.

The covers of two jazz standards, including Smile and Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, are a pleasant surprise. I could listen to a whole night her singing from the Great American Songbook.