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Linger

by Qristina Brooke

An unaccompanied fiddle album exploring various musical traditions; fusing styles such as Old‐time, Traditional Irish & French Canadian & pairing them with organic original works to produce music which is sincere, captivating & thoughtful.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
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1. Stumble Steps
4:30 album only
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2. Back to Paddy's
4:10 album only
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3. Hogeyed Foxhunter
4:11 album only
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4. The River
1:58 album only
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5. Linger
3:43 album only
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6. Building Blocks
2:10 album only
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7. Forgeron
4:01 album only
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8. Grondeuse
2:02 album only
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9. Diamond Ring
3:02 album only
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10. Nap All Day
2:31 album only
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11. Best Coast Set
5:12 album only
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12. Cap's Lament
4:39 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This is my personal homage to traditional, unaccompanied fiddle music.

1 ‘Stumble Steps’: The Bearded Farrier/Conal McDonagh’s #1/Stumble Steps (4:30): During a tour of Limerick City, I learnt that the stairs in the famous King John’s Castle were constructed to contain ‘stumble steps’: steps that differ in height or depth from the rest and would have caused invaders running up the stairs to stumble or fall, slowing down their progress. This interesting factoid prompted the composition of the final tune of this set.

2 ‘Back to Paddy’s’: Back to Boston/Paddy’s House Socks (4:10): Two playful, original compositions; I feel this track is a good representation of my playing style and musical character.

3 ‘Hogeyed Foxhunter’: Hogeyed Man*/Foxhunter’s* (4:11): I performed these two reels – a popular Oldtime tune and an Irish tune I learnt from Liam O Connor - at my first performance assessment during my Masters of Traditional Irish Music Performance at the Irish World Academy in Limerick. I learnt them both in cross-G tuning (GDGD), however for the album I chose to tune the fiddle down a semi-tone, to F#C#F#C#.

4 The River (1:58): A field recording of crickets and chimes from my friends the Andruss’ house in Kansas City perfectly complemented this plucked melody.

5 Linger (3:43): Of all the tunes for the album, I was most looking forward to recording this waltz; the title track of the album. I feel that ‘Linger’ is firmly rooted in both the traditional Irish and original contemporary musical genres.

6 Building Blocks (2:10): I had writen the plucked riff which kicks off ‘Building Blocks’ during a visit home to Victoria over the Christmas holidays, but had forgotten all about it until I listened back to old voice memos while preparing for this recording. In the studio, after recording the plucked section, the idea of layered legato violin melody and harmony parts over the plucked base track suddenly came to me. I conceptualized the legato parts and recorded them then and there. Field recordings from layovers in the Chicago and Kansas City airports while in-transit to the Folk Alliance International conference meshed perfectly with the track.

7 ‘Forgeron’: Old Christmas Morning*/Le Forgeron* (4:00): Throughout the album, I tried to mix in different traditional fiddle styles and tunes of various origins. For this track, I pair an Oldtime reel with a French Canadian reel and play them both in cross-tuning.

8 Grondeuse* (2:02): This French Canadian tune is a favourite of mine. I recorded it as a standalone, solo fiddle tune, however upon recording a second take and hearing the sound of two fiddles playing in unison, I realized that layering two fiddle parts best-suited the track; almost giving it a ‘session-feel’.

9 Diamond Ring (3:02): I wrote ‘Diamond Ring’ during a visit to Cork City in December 2015. The melody came to me late at night, and in an effort to not wake the neighbours I plucked it out for my voice memos. As it turned out, the plucking suited the track quite well and stuck.

10 Nap All Day (2:30): ‘Nap All Day’ was the second-to-last track I recorded, and by this point I was starting to become aware of time constraints for the project. Because the studio is in my parents’ house, I was never able to record after 11 or 12pm when they had gone to sleep, however in the case of this track I decided it was quiet enough to risk doing during the dead of night.

11 ‘Best Coast Set’: Rolling Wave*/Matt Hayes’*/Best Coast Reel (5:12): I wrote ‘Best Coast Reel’ during a summertime tour of the Pacific Northwest. Although the fiddle tradition in my birthplace is relatively new, the rugged beauty is fitting of the genre.

12 Cap’s Lament (4:39): In the fall of 2015 my beloved dog ‘Cap’ became very ill. Learning that he might have to put down both devastated me and compelled me to write ‘Cap’s Lament’ in his honour. To complement the melody, I included recordings of us playing ball together, and of him sitting with the family in the kitchen: helping capture the inspiration behind the music. Cap
passed away on April 1, 2016.

All tracks original unless marked with an *.

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