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The Long Trip Home

by Josh Dukes

This album showcases some of the best musicians in the Baltimore/Washington Irish music scene. If you love music that makes your toes tap then look no further.
Genre: World: Celtic
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1. The Hags Purse/Lark in the Morning
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2. Rgney's/Mother and Child/Far From Hom
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3. Lucy Farrs/Hills of Tara
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4. The Munster Grass/Happy Hornpipe
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5. Ormond Sound/Hanley's/Donald Blue
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6. Cailleach a Shusa/Mchugh's Jig
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7. Dance of the Honeybees/Safe Home
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8. Price of My Pig/Kilmovee Jig/G Jig/Mick Quinn's
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9. Chinipinuin Hunting/Petticoat Loop
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10. Judy Ann's
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11. Gan Ainm/the Coolin
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12. Monks Jig/G Mix/Doonagore
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13. Jim Donoghoe's/The Kilfenora Barndance
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14. A Thousand Goodbye's/Man in the Bog/Whalen's
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15. The Boy in the Boat/Sporting Nell/The Cloon
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
It was in North Carolina that I met Josh for the first time in the summer of 2005, during a traditional Irish music week. I had arrived late to the opening night and a session was well underway, with Josh sitting centre stage. My first memories were of Josh playing bouzouki and guitar during that session. After some time, he picked up the bodhrán and demonstrated his musical abilities equally well on that instrument. There was no sign of a flute at that point. My first thoughts were: “I’m glad I don’t have to teach this guy in the morning, he obviously doesn’t need much tuition.” Needless to say, Josh turned up at the flute class I was tutoring the following morning. It was clear to me at the moment, that Josh had no real reason to be there. From this first encounter, it was evident that Josh had a strong interest in Irish music, not just the flute, not just the bodhrán, not just bouzouki, but Irish music.


After first listening to this album, I found that it was everything I had expected it to be. Josh’s musical prowess on flute, guitar, bouzouki and bodhrán does not surprise me. Anyone who knows Josh and his approach to this album, will attest to his commitment and understanding of Irish music. Over the years, Josh and I have spoken about old ‘78 recordings, which have interested him in particular. Since getting to know Josh, I have gained great respect for his willingness to learn more and more about Irish music, and thus further his own musical development. It is this interest in Irish music as a genre, and not one particular instrument, which has demonstrated Josh’s understanding and love of Irish music as a whole. By any standards, a musician demonstrating ability fluidly on more than one instrument, needs little appraisal from myself.


This is the first recording by Josh and it truly does testament to the excellent level of Musician ship to be found in the Washington D.C. area. No review of this album could go unfinished without the acknowledgement of the musicians Josh has chosen to accompany him on this recording. The musicianship across this album is perfectly seamless between all musicians, who evidently understand the music particularly well. There are many reasons why I like this album. Josh’s choice of tunes remains traditional to the music it seeks to represent. The approach to the tunes throughout are representative of the musician playing them — warm, knowledgeable and with the utmost respect. With such qualities in a musician and the technical ability at hand, we can only expect to hear more great music from
Joshua Dukes.
Damien Stenson
May 2008


Joshua Dukes: Flute, Guitar, Bouzouki, Mandolin, Bodhrán
Sean McComiskey: Accordion
Jim Eagan: Fiddle
Danny Noveck: Fiddle
Patrick Cavanagh: Banjo
Brendan Bell: Flute
Peter Brice: Accordion

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GoatWhacker2

ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!!!
ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!!! Pure traditional Irish music at its best!
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Sean Earnest

Go On, The Duke!
Josh Dukes has been a huge influence on my music ever since I met him some years ago at the Swannanoa Gathering in Asheville, NC. His mastery of a handful of instruments makes him a force to be reckoned with. To say nothing of the fact that he spent countless hours producing this record himself! His flute playing is deeply mature and highly engaging. But for me especially it is his guitar playing that earns him a place among names like Arty McGlynn, Daithi Sproule, and John Blake.
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Matt Mulqueen

The "feel good" album of the year
I'm pretty picky when it comes to music. Josh's CD was on in my car for a few weeks after I got it and is always in my iPOD's rotation. I remember when there were hushed whispers about a man from DC who, not previously acquainted with Irish music, had wandered into a session one night, loved the music, decided he'd learn to play, and was "really good all of the sudden." I finally met Josh at one of Dennis "Doc" Botzer's annual house parties and saw that, despite the short amount of time he'd been involved in Irish music, he understood it better than some who've been around it all their lives. This album is sure to be the first of many. Aside from just playing, Josh has begun chronicling music in the Maryland and Virginia areas and doing things that the rest of us have gotten up off our lazy Irish arses to do. Listening to and knowing Josh is an essential part of understanding the Irish music of NoVA, DC, and Baltimore.
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Chad Beauchaine

Great Stuff
Josh is a friend so I started off a little biased, regardless, this is a GREAT album and I highly recommend it to any fan of World music and especially to all you trad head tune junkies out there. This album is as enjoyable as any trad recording I have in my vast collection. I tip my hat to Josh and the fine guest musicians that put together a wonderful recording!
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