John Whelan | Passage of Time

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Passage of Time

by John Whelan

This internationally acclaimed artist and composer shows off his versatility in crossing genres while maintaining his steadfast roots in traditional Irish music.
Genre: World: Celtic
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1. January's Journey / D D's Car (feat. Tom Wetmore, Robin Bullock, Denny McDermott, Liz Knowles & Seamus Egan)
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2. Frances O'Neill's / Jesse and Franchesca's Miracle / Stop the Car (feat. Tom Wetmore, John McGann, Robin Bullock & Jim Eagan)
3:23 $0.99
3. Louise (feat. Brendan Dolan, Molly Mason & Jay Ungar)
3:36 $0.99
4. The Broadstone Inn / Big Snugs / Beth Patterson's (feat. John McGann, Tom Wetmore, Jim Eagan & Robin Bullock)
3:24 $0.99
5. Riverboat Set: Denis Dillon's / Square Dance Polka / Dancing On the Riverboat (feat. Jerry O'Sullivan, Pat Kilbride, Liz Knowles, Lisa Gutkin, Jerry Douglas, Tim O'Brien, Winifred Horan & Lincoln Schleifer)
4:47 $0.99
6. Trip to Skye (feat. Pat Kilbride & Lisa Gutkin)
3:59 $0.99
7. Ian's Return to Ireland / Yanick's / Denis Whelan's (feat. Felix Dolan)
3:15 $0.99
8. Flirting With the Edge / Rockaway Beach / Emmett's Revenge (feat. Jerry O'Sullivan, Liz Knowles, Robin Bullock, Denny McDermott, Tom Wetmore & Seamus Egan)
4:05 $0.99
9. From the Heart (feat. Seamus Egan & Brendan Dolan)
4:49 $0.99
10. Desaunay / The Petticoat I Bought in Mullingar (feat. Mark Simos)
4:04 $0.99
11. Alterios' Waltz (feat. Tom Wetmore, Liz Knowles & Robin Bullock)
4:39 $0.99
12. Song for Hillary (feat. Seamus Egan)
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13. Bob's Garden of Earthly Delights / Broderick's (feat. Jerry O'Sullivan, Pat Kilbride & Danny Noveck)
3:43 $0.99
14. Queen Esther's / What Daddy? / April's Polka (feat. Cillian Vallely, Jim Eagan & Robin Bullock)
3:18 $0.99
15. Spellan the Fiddler / Gan Ainm / Deacon Harry Doyle (feat. Cillian Vallely, John McGann & Tom Wetmore)
4:10 $0.99
16. Lost Souls (feat. Todd Reynolds, Ron Lawrence, Liz Knowles & Mary Wooten)
4:07 $0.99
17. Dancing to a Lot of Time (feat. Seamus Egan, Pat Kilbride, Molly Mason & John Ballesteros)
4:07 $0.99
18. Enniscorthy / Daddy's Home (feat. Patrick Mangan, Flynn Cohen, Paddy League & Aaron Olwell)
3:19 $0.99
19. Passage of Time (feat. Tim O'Brien, Winifred Horan, Pat Kilbride, Lincoln Schleifer & Jerry Douglas)
5:32 $0.99
20. My Ballingary Lady (feat. Seamus Connolly, Tom Wetmore & Gabriel Donohue)
4:49 $0.99
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Album Notes
Irish Echo, January 2-8, 2013

Whelan's Latest is Monument to Creativity

Traditional Music /
By Daniel Neely

In my very first column for the Irish Echo, I made allusion to John Whelan’s cameo (alongside Joanie Madden and Anna Colliton) on the TV show “Gossip Girl.” I was impressed, because it’s not often you see good trad music on bubblegum teenage dramas. But network TV is not such a surprising a place to find Whelan, considering his musical presence has been known in all manner of high profile context over the years. (His music has been used for productions on HBO, the History Channel, NBC, FOX and PBS, in several major motion pictures; he [has] several production credits to his name as well.) His new CD “Passage of Time,” an offering that includes 33 of his own instrumental compositions, collects some of the storied and often groundbreaking music upon which he built his reputation, and gives us an opportunity to reflect on the career of one of the world’s top box players.
The album’s liner notes (deftly written by my predecessor, the pre-eminent Celtic critic Earle Hitchner) are testament to Whelan’s musical renown. It’s not just that Whelan is a man of inarguable trad bonafides (which include, among other things, several All-Ireland titles, entry into Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann’s Hall of Fame and the honor of being named the Echo’s “Traditionalist of the Year” in 2011), it’s that he projects his deep musical heritage into a musical vision that extends far beyond the boundaries of strict traditional music.
From his first album, made in 1974 when he was only 14, to his forward-looking work with Eileen Ivers in the 1980s, Whelan’s output was never less than stellar. In the 1990s, his solo efforts on the Narada label galvanized his role in developing the “Celtic” musical style. These albums captivated world audiences and thrust John into the international spotlight. Whelan’s return to his trad roots came in 2002 with his album “From The Heart.” Over the years, Whelan developed a reputation as a gifted composer, crafting tunes and recordings that found great appeal not only in session circles, but also in mainstream culture. This album includes many of these tunes, including “Trip to Skye,” which features
some lovely playing by Lisa Gutkin; “Desaunay / The Petticoat I Bought in Mullingar,” which for me is a strangely familiar pair of tunes that I must have picked up at sessions (I didn’t know they were John’s) and “January’s Journey,” a track with a
hardcore, percussive Celtic feel. A couple of the loveliest tracks I find are “Song For Hillary” (with Seamus Egan) and “Lost Souls” (which features the Sirius String Quartet). Both project an air of haunting romance, and have a very cinematic feel.
The album includes a long list of top guest musicians, including Seamus Egan, Seamus Connolly, Felix & Brendan Dolan, Cillian Vallely, Jerry O’Sullivan and Winifred Horan (to name but a few). It reads like a who’s who of traditional music in
America. The only thing this album lacks is a comprehensive booklet telling the story of each of Whelan’s compositions, but this is information that could easily be added to Whelan’s website. Whelan sets the bar very high with this one. “Passage of Time” is a monument to his talent, hard work and creativity, and reflects the collected vision of one of America’s most accomplished traditional musicians.



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