Linda Relph | Fiddlinda: There & Then, Here & Now

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Fiddlinda: There & Then, Here & Now

by Linda Relph

The album includes old-time and traditional Irish fiddling styles, original tunes, traditional tunes, unique arrangements - even a Bach number!! It's a Trad Folk-Irish happy spring day album that is sure to get your toes tapping!!
Genre: Folk: Irish Traditional
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1. Tony's Celebration
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2. Goodbye to Ocean Blvd.
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3. Take Down
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4. City of Chicago
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5. Mayor Harrison
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6. Strayaway Child
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7. Invention No. 8
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8. Woman • Man • Long
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9. Big Sandy
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10. Retreat Jump
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11. Tripping
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12. She Moved
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13. Mother's Jacket
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14. Car Rec
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Here is a review from the IRISH ECHO.
IRISH ECHO, June 4, 2014 / by Daniel Neely
Relph is a stalwart of Irish fiddling from Texas. She plays in the trad combo Coolin and the Celtic rock-blues band Jiggernaut, and she gigs and teaches throughout the South. This, her solo debut, is filled with capable playing and thoughtful arrangements to which she brings a keen sense of personal style.

Although Relph is the album’s feature player, she is joined throughout by Joseph Carmichael on guitar (with additional contributions on bouzouki and flute) and Chris Dunlap on bodhran, cajon and vocals.

The album also includes several strong guest artists. Daniel Mehalko (Flashpoint) adds some driving banjo on “Mayor Harrison’s Fedora / …” and “Woman • Man • Long,” and mandolin on “Strayaway Child.” Ken Fleming (who is well known through his work with the O’Flaherty Irish Music Retreat and the Traditional Irish Music Education Society, among other things) brings a great banjo sound to the several tracks he appears on. One of most interesting guest spots is by John Relph, who plays mandolin on a couple of tracks, although the most interesting of them is Bach’s “Two-Part Invention” (No. 8 in F Maj, BWV 779), which is given a lovely fiddle-mandolin duet treatment.

One of the interesting things about Relph’s playing – in addition to the obvious respect she has for the tunes themselves – is the particular “accent” she brings.

There is, at times, a bit of a “western swing” sound to her playing, which adds some memorable character. I think specifically, for example, of her phrasing on parts of “Mason’s Apron”and “Miller’s Reel,” but it’s heard on several of the album’s tracks.

Relph has included several original tunes on this album, the nicest of these perhaps being “O’Flaherty’s Retreat Jig.” Further, there is some great creativity in the album’s arrangements scattered throughout, although perhaps none as dramatic as that in the first reel section of “David’s Jig.” It turns what could be a fairly straightforward track into something much more interesting.

On balance, “Fiddlinda” is a solid album. It’s one that will absolutely delight Relph's fans and should also help attract new ones.

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