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Bruscar Bán

by Culchies

Emotional and energetic traditional Irish music from a trio of fiddle, guitar & bouzouki, bodhrán & bones. Reels, jigs, polkas, airs and slides.
Genre: World: Polka
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Nine Points of Roguery/Follow Me Down
4:43 $0.75
2. The Humours of Ballylochlin
3:24 $0.75
3. Come With Me Over The Mountain
3:05 $0.75
4. The Kitchen Girl/New Riggid Ship
3:10 $0.75
5. Hector The Hero
3:17 $0.75
6. Farewell to Erin/Tam Lin
4:42 $0.75
7. Tom Sullivan's/Johnny Leary's/Jim Keefe's
4:45 $0.75
8. The Old Bush/Gravel Walks
4:08 $0.75
9. Port na bPucai
3:20 $0.75
10. The Wheels of the World/Julia Delaney
4:59 $0.75
11. Song of the Books
3:47 $0.75
12. The Cuckoo's Nest
2:46 $0.75
13. Cooley's/The Cup of Tea/The Wise Maid
4:31 $0.75
14. Danny Ab's Slides
2:52 $0.75
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Album Notes
The Culchies play traditional Irish music. Min Gates has been playing the bodhrán (the Irish frame drum), and the bones for about ten years. T.J. Hull has played fiddle since his childhood and loves to teach folk tunes to kids. steve V. johnson plays the Irish bouzouki, and has played guitar in the American ways for a long time before waking up to Irish trad music. After several years of playing pub sessions, house parties, gigs and festivals together, this is our first recording.

On Bruscar Bán's 14 tracks there is a full range of tunes, with reels, jigs, airs, a waltz, polkas and slides. The Culchies trio is a bit unusual in Irish music, in which ensembles are often a combination of melody instruments, but we have great fun with our a sort of 'fiddler and a rhythm section'.

We met while playing in Irish pub sessions, those occaisions when folks meet to share news, tales, good times and refreshments, and players gather to 'have a tune'. Our sound has come from these informal and energetic gatherings, & we've travelled to play in sessions with good friends all over the midwest, the coasts and in Ireland. We've continue to learn from the fine people and great session players of the Irish trad' music folks in Bloomington (IN), Indianapolis, Louisville, Cincinnati and St. Louis, and further,too.

From our very first gigs together, folks have asked us for our CD, so for all of you who have heard us in the pubs and folk and Irish festivals, here 'tis! As the Irish tradition goes, we're very new at this, but we've had as much fun making Bruscar Bán as we have playing together in concerts, pubs and sessions, and we hope you have some "mighty craic" with it too!

New 12.2007: See The Culchies play The Foxhunters/Nine Points of Roguery set in their video "Four Minutes On TV" at YouTube, here:



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John Bertotti

I listened to all the demos, absolutely excellent! I'm buying it.
Every thing I've heard was excellent. The zook playing was fascinating. Your bodhrán player Min has put me on a bodhrán internet quest. Ordered the cd friday and received it today! Sounds great with great service from cdbaby. John Bertotti

CeolCairdeas (Michael)

Good team work
Great new album. I like trio music, and it is difficult now to find much of it. I like the way you kick things off with "the Nine Points of Roguery" set. Good team work, and nice deep tone bodhran. "Come with Me Over the Mountain" is fine "naked fiddle." ... "The Kitchen Girl" set has some nice synchopation toward the end ... I even liked "The Old Bush" set despite being traumatized by the "Bush" word. ... a good new album that needs public exposure. The very best of wishes!


Excellent variety in sound
I bought this CD at a renaissance faire after enjoying fiddler TJ Hull's performance. What I admire the most about this CD is the variety of sounds. I think of folksy dancing music when I hear the term "Irish music," but this group is able to take this music in a lot of different directions.

I especially enjoyed tracks 1, 6, 8, and 10, which have a more contemporary feel and terrific tempo. There are also three violin-only tracks which are gorgeous and elegant; track 3 is my favorite of those tracks. Much of the music is very emotional and seems to tell stories.

Highly recommended!


Love the CD
This CD has been my first real introduction to Irish music, and it's made a very good impression! I've been listening to it on my way to work lately and the high energy songs wake me up, while the slower melodies are simply beautiful and a joy to listen to. I recommend this CD to any music lover!


This CD is the REAL DEAL
This music is ancient, timeless, haunting. Just three musicians, but they've brought something VERY special to us through this music.

Jeff Jaye

Bruscar Ban
A great performance with an authentic pub session feel. One of my most played CDs.How about a UK tour and more CDs. Warwick Folk Club awaits.

Kristin Turner

A great CD to listen to and to study
I bought this CD because I had heard the artists playing in a local pub and thought they were something special. The product more than surpassed my expectations! I'm so glad I found it and that I now own it to listen to again and again!

Stephen Power, Adare, Co. Limerick, Ireland

Tremendous new recording. The music is Irish, yes, but not typical ceili band stuff or lilting ballads. It's got a mean and moody, minor-y feel to it, with haunting fiddle, pulsating bodhrán and brilliant bouzouki! It really deserves to do well!

Cathy W

Me loves Culchies.
Bonaroo job, guys! When can we expect "Son of Bruscar Ban"?

Seth Lemons

good music, funny title
Each track on the CD by itself would be worth the price of the disc. The majority of the songs are up-beat like "Wheels of the World/Julia Delaney" and make even random passers-by at the office want to dance. However, I also greatly enjoyed the occasional slowed pace such as in "Come with me over the Mountain" and "Port na bPucai." The members of the group are all masters of their instruments and it shows very clearly on this album.
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