Cady Finlayson & Vita Tanga | Electric Green

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Electric Green

by Cady Finlayson & Vita Tanga

Electric and lively, this fiddle & guitar cd gives a new spin on Irish fiddle tunes -from funky reels with the wah pedal to beautiful melodies.
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1. Pumpkin's Fancy
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2. Foggy Dew (acoustic)
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3. Itchy Fingers (acoustic)
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4. Itchy Fingers (electric)
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5. March Set
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2:39 $0.99
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6. Bordeaux Set
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7. Heavy Metal
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1:41 $0.99
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8. Bass Rock
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2:34 $0.99
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9. Foggy Dew (electric)
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1:47 $0.99
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10. All St. for St. Pat's
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Cady Finlayson is a spirited Irish fiddler, with a global twist. And while she’s best known for her Irish music expertise, Finlayson’s latest release, Electric Green, her collaboration with French guitarist Vita Tanga, is sure to expand her audience well beyond traditional Celtic boundaries. Finlayson and Tanga met during a tour honoring the music of John Denver. The downtime between touring dates led to musical experimentation and an electric guitar and fiddle performance in Finlayson’s New York City home. “It was at this total dive bar, and I wasn’t sure how the traditional Irish music would go over with that crowd,” Finlayson recalls. “So, just for fun, we decided to add some electric guitar sounds to the mix -- crybaby pedal and all. We recorded it and listened to it later, and it sounded really cool!”

Sometimes it only takes a few unexpected ingredients to attract people to an initially unfamiliar style of music.
“With Electric Green, I wanted to bring Irish music to a bigger audience,” Finlayson explains. “Riverdance,” and shows like that, offer a great introduction. Yet these samples are but a small taste, and people haven't yet heard the broad spectrum of what Celtic music has to offer."

Finlayson didn’t need Tanga’s help when it came to creating an eclectic musical mix, however. She may play Irish tunes, but she’s originally from Seattle and grew up listening to folk music -- artists like Joan Baez -- and also loves a lot of African music. And these varying, but complimenting influences and inspirations, naturally flowed both ways during her creative sessions with Tanga. In the years leading up to this latest artistic partnership, Finlayson was a classically trained violinist who fell in love with Irish music the moment she heard it.

“The first time I heard Irish music, I just knew it was something I wanted to play,” she explains. "I didn’t hear it until I was in my twenties. I had come to New York to go to music school, and I was doing the whole classical music thing -- I was in a string quartet. Yet, after a while, I was looking for something more. One day I went into an Irish bar and there was a fiddle player. The music really spoke to me right away.”

Make no mistake about it; Finlayson still loves classical music. But Irish music now gives her far more opportunities for self expression. “I felt like I wanted to have more individual input into my music,” she summarizes. With three discs under her own name, in addition to this recent partnering with Tanga, Finlayson is clearly taking every possible opportunity to express her music.

In addition to performing Irish music, Finlayson teaches young musicians at the United Nations International School. "I work with students from all over the world", she explains.
Therefore, it’s not too much of a stretch to refer to Finlayson as an ambassador of music because she’s just as IN touch with the world, as she is with world music. Music lovers can look forward to green pastures aplenty from Cady Finlayson, this special fiddler with the global twist, whether her performances are acoustic, electric, or surprisingly unexpected.
-- Dan MacIntosh

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