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by The Elftones

You'll find it hard to resist dancing to this fiddle-guitar duo, well known contra dance musicians, as they play tunes from Ireland, Scotland, Canada, and America.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Calliope House / Star Above the Garter / Star of Munster
7:52 $0.99
2. Carraroe Jig / Kesh Jig / Leaf Reel
4:47 $0.99
3. The Butterfly
3:19 $0.99
4. O'Carolan's Draught
3:04 $0.99
5. Julia Delaney / Dick Gossip
5:04 $0.99
6. Audrey's Waltz
4:19 $0.99
7. Bobby Casey's / The Castle
6:11 $0.99
8. Betsy Liken / Kitchen Gal
4:33 $0.99
9. The Landing Field / Lark in the Morning / Silver Spear
4:58 $0.99
10. Road to Lisdoonvarna / O'Keefe's Slide / Swallowtail Jig
4:35 $0.99
11. Wandering Canadian
5:22 $0.99
12. Sheebeg Sheemor
5:45 $0.99
13. Western Theme Song / Riding High
4:32 $0.99
14. Highlander's Farewell
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Album Notes
Roger Gold (guitar) and Mara Shea (fiddle) started playing for contra dances in the mid-1990s. They quickly acquired a following of enthusiastic dancers and listeners who wanted a CD--and then more CDs. ELFTONES (1998) is their first album, now in its second printing. It was followed by two more: Mist-Covered Mountains, an album of waltzes; and The Moon and Seven Stars, an album similar to ELFTONES but done 3 years later, as they settled more in their own sound. In 2009, they released another well-loved album of Celtic ballads and instrumentals with Rhiannon Giddens, All The Pretty Horses, which features Rhiannon's beautifully rich vocals along with the Elftones' accompaniments.

Listeners frequently describe The Elftones' music as "amazing, beautiful, energizing" and "I can't believe two people are making all that incredible music--it sounds like 5 people up there!" Roger and Mara do much more than play all the notes really well. Both guitar and fiddle play equal roles, and balance each other--this is not a typical fiddle-with-guitar-backup kind of recording! Fiddle and guitar are partners, and the music becomes all the richer for that partnership.

Roger lives in Swannanoa, NC, where he works as a luthier and guitar teacher. Mara lives in Raleigh, NC, where she teaches violin and fiddle. Spare moments find them traveling throughout the US to play for dances, workshops, and concerts. Mara also plays for Scottish and English country dances across the US and Canada.



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A. Kennedy

Lovely and lively and perfect for campfires and dancing or just listening
I saw the Elftones perform at the LEAF festival last year, and the cd doesn't disappoint! I find it very relaxing yet still lively enough for dancing. . . the fiddle work is lilting and fulfilling, and the arrangements smooth. Perfectly wistful and magical and spirited.