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by T.J. Hull and Jeff Ksiazek

Driving, energetic, and creative traditional Irish music that both finds new paths and pays respect to past masters.
Genre: Folk: Irish Traditional
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sergeant Early's Dream/Paddy Fahey's
3:48 $0.99
2. The Earl's Chair/Hull's/The Morning Dew
6:30 $0.99
3. Captain Henry O'Kain
3:10 $0.99
4. Dusty Windowsills/The Mug of Brown Ale
7:01 $0.99
5. An Buachaill Caol Dubh
4:05 $0.99
6. The Ace and Deuce of Pipering
5:51 $0.99
7. Humours of Ennistymon/Rambling Pitchfork
4:13 $0.99
8. Tarbolton/Longford Collector/Sailor's Bonnet
4:02 $0.99
9. Captain Ludd
2:05 $0.99
10. The Choice Wife
2:44 $0.99
11. The Drunken Gauger
3:22 $0.99
12. Salamanca/O'Dowd's Favourite
3:13 $0.99
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Album Notes
During the 1920s and 1930s, a connection was forged. Immigrant musicians from Ireland created an abundance of recordings that, in turn, made their way from the United States back home to influence other musicians. The big pond became a bit smaller, and Irish traditional music became a bit bigger.

TJ Hull, fiddler, and Jeff Ksiazek, guitarist, are two musicians, some eighty odd years later, who are still being influenced by this music, by names like Coleman, Morrison, and McKenna. Taking inspiration from these past legends, as well as many other master musicians along the way, this duo focuses on the heart and soul of the tunes handed down over the years. They recall the simple setting of the early traditional recordings: a melody, an accompaniment, and a tune.

Still, Hull and Ksiazek view this music as a living tradition. Chances are taken. Creativity is paramount. Other influences are absorbed. The end result is traditional, yet modern. Familiar, yet unexpected.



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Juli Mc

I am woefully short of appropriately knowledgeable-sounding music jargon. But I like this CD a lot :) Instrumental stuff, for me, tends to either fade into the background, or poke naggingly at my attention - this does neither; it's balanced and pleasant and very very listenable (if that's a word.) One thing I like a lot is that it's very like your live performances - it's skillful without being show-offy.

Eva Schultz

Random comments on each track
I'm not a musician, but I can comment on the images that each track brings to mind...

1 - this is a riding-in-a-train-or-coach song. Something about the guitar rhythm makes me think of rolling over miles of dusty ground. Rolling toward an uncertain but decisive confrontation. There's "danger" being spoken of in the fiddle part. The ending is a mystery - not clear on what will happen next...

2 - Car trip music. Going toward a new tomorrow. Like college kids heading out to start a new life or make a documentary, or something. The beginning of a journey, a little sad and wise, not just high hopes, but with a definite sense of future and possibility.

3 - Sad, regretful, resigned. Possibly a song about an old man dying. If this had a vehicle associated with it, it would probably be a ship. There's something of ocean waves in the guitar part.

4 - All I can picture is country dancers in a movie set in rural England in the 1800s or something. I think there would be some intrigue as the camera swirled around the dancers and showed one person kind of stalking another around the dance... and then the stalkee sees the stalker... and there's clandestine pursuit and escape...

5 - Sorrow, but beautiful, luxurious sorrow, along the lines of Ashokan Farewell. God bless the other musicians, but for gosh sakes, sometimes everybody had better just stand back and let the fiddle rule the world! (Whcih is does anyway - there's no sound in this world as beautiful as violin music.)

6 - I absolutely love this track. And I don't have the music vocab to explain the part I like. But that middleish part, where the notes go up-down-up, before the tune starts flowing again - I love that. (Ah, musical illiteracy... it's a gift.)

7 - Sort of a happy peasant thing going on here. Much with the dancing outdoors in wooded areas.

8 - This has a story of intrigue to it at the start. It gets a little more casual near the middle. Then there's a kind of feeling of resolution, like the mystery has been resolved, and it has ended on a happy note, with good news for the good guys. The emotions seem to go everywhere in this piece, ending with celebration.

9 - This sounds nautical. Like walking along the docks in some movie set in the 1700s. Cheerful, adventuresome. Just says what it wants to say, then wraps up quickly.

10 - The guitar is complex and interesting here. It makes me think somewhat of gypsy music, though calmer. It's hard to tell just what I'm listening to - one instrument? a blend of tracks? I don't have the ear for it to know, but it sounds very layered and "thick." (Can music be thick?)

11 - An end of the day song. Things are settling down, maybe the peasants are coming in from the wheat fields or something, and everyone is in a lazy sort of good mood.

12 - Wow, this is impressive, how fast the notes go. I think this is a song about persevering and doing your thing no matter what anyone else says.