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Box Sets

by John Redmond

Irish music that shines with extraordinary musicianship and luminous compositions.
Genre: Folk: Irish Traditional
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  Song Share Time Download
1. From Hook Head to Iona - Trig Jig - The Moats of Craan
3:08 album only
2. Kathy's Waltz
2:53 album only
3. The Low Ditch - Katlar's Reel - The Reel of Marquette
3:52 album only
4. Hillsland
2:57 album only
5. McGurk's Wall - The Bee Frame - The Forge
3:23 album only
6. Aimee and Faye's Polka - Mother's Brown Bread - Annsha's Marathon
2:59 album only
7. Looking Toward Vinegar Hill
4:29 album only
8. Crossing Paddy Nolan's Gate - Kenny's Gap
3:05 album only
9. The Horseshoe Waltz
2:58 album only
10. The Rooftop - The Eagle's Nest - Peter's Reel
3:25 album only
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Album Notes
John Redmond grew up in the village of Ballindaggin, Co. Wexford, where he learned to play the box from Tom Dunne. He was an all-Ireland winner on button accordion before coming to America in 1988. His first CD, East to Northeast, reflected his personal and musical journey from Wexford to the Bronx. The new album, Box Sets, is a tribute to North Wexford, and to his love for his family who still live there. The tunes, all his own compositions, echo his feelings for his childhood home near Mt. Leinster, and for some very special places in the US.

John has been the Traditional Irish-American Musician in Residence at Lehman College. He also teaches at the Woodlawn Arts and Music House, all levels of button accordion, and beginning concertina.

Whether leading his regular Sunday session in the Bronx, or on a concert or festival stage, John is a rock solid player, his music a joyous waterfall that exhilarates both audience and players. Nowhere is this better illustrated than in Box Sets, a sensational album that shines with extraordinary musicianship and luminous compositions.

Redmond is a powerful, insightful box player and “Box Sets” is full of simply beautiful music – a stunning and evocative love letter to John’s friends and family, and to the world around him. His tunes have a freshness about them that makes them distinct, but the stark setting into which he’s put them on this album gives them the imprimatur of age and experience. Good stuff throughout! Daniel Neely, The Irish Echo

This is a lovely album. Beautifully produced and featuring the very clean, bright style of John Redmond. Make no mistake, this guy can play the box. "Box Sets" is a stunner and a keeper!
Bill Margeson, LiveIreland.com, Chicago Irish American News

I hope John is delighted with the way this CD turned out. He certainly should be as his impeccable playing is only matched by his wonderful compositions. A remarkable feat. Kevin Burke on “Box Sets”

The tempo of Redmond’s playing is never hurried and, more important, never barters vitality for mere virtuosity. His treatment of "Kanturk Polka/Many a Wild Night/Daybreak/Gan Ainm" is spot-on, each note cleanly executed and then strung together to form a sum larger than the parts… Earle Hitchner, review of East to Northeast, The Irish Echo



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