Micho Russell | Ireland's Whistling Ambassador

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Ireland's Whistling Ambassador

by Micho Russell

Micho Russell's tin whistle playing is charming, whimsical and utterly unique — a must-hear for all fans of Irish and Celtic music.
Genre: Folk: Irish Traditional
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Rising Sun, reel
2:05 $0.99
2. The Mason's Apron, Gan Ainm, reels
2:59 $0.99
3. Winnie Hayes' Jig
1:48 $0.99
4. A Song on the Galway and Cliffs of Moher Races, vocal
3:00 $0.99
5. The Retreat, set dance
1:55 $0.99
6. The Four Posts of the Bed, single jig
1:43 $0.99
7. The Flip-Flop Song, vocal
3:16 $0.99
8. Johnny Sally's Reel
1:40 $0.99
9. The Steamroller MacTeige's Polka
1:38 $0.99
10. The Milliner's Daughter, reel
2:13 $0.99
11. When Mursheen Went to Bunnan, vocal
2:24 $0.99
12. Come into the Town My Fair Lady, single jig
1:41 $0.99
13. The Road to Galway, Gan Ainm, polkas
2:45 $0.99
14. Napoleon Crossing the Rhine, song air
2:16 $0.99
15. Cloichíní Beaga na Farraige, reel
1:03 $0.99
16. The Boys of Bluehill, hornpipe
1:22 $0.99
17. Boil the Breakfast Early, reel
2:25 $0.99
18. I Saw a Hawk in Dundalk, double jig
1:50 $0.99
19. Seán sa Cheo, The Boy in the Gap, reels
2:15 $0.99
20. Tá Dhá Ghabhairín Bhuí Agam, children’s song
2:39 $0.99
21. Christmas Day in the Morning, double jig
2:11 $0.99
22. Amazing Grace, St. Anne’s Reel, Sporting Nellie, hymn and reels
3:56 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
"Easily the best of Micho's recordings" — The Rough Guide to Irish Music

"One of the essential traditional albums of the year...a masterclass in the true values enshrined in traditional music...[the tracks] are consistently warmed by an intimacy that takes them off the stage and into the cottages, parlors and back-bar snugs where they belong." — Hot Press

"In a tradition which produces many originals, Micho Russell was inimitable...These 22 tracks of whistle playing, singing and speech introductions stand as a radiant, vital memorial to one of the most joyful musicians in the Irish pantheon." — Irish Times

"The notes are exemplary and the whole production bears the mark of a labor of love. It was very fortunate...that so much was preserved. [Producer] Bill Ochs has done Micho — and all of us — proud with this work" — Irish Music Magazine

"A well-conceived, well-sequenced, well-performed slice of vital musical history centered on one of the best-loved — and best — traditional musicians Ireland has ever produced...Micho is represented in a way that even he would smile upon." — Irish Echo

"[No other recording was] as successful at conveying [Micho's] personality and music...Ireland's Whistling Ambassador is the last testament from one of the giants of Irish music in this century." — Irish Voice

Micho Russell (1915-1994) was an Irish national treasure. A farmer who became a performer during the folk music revival of the 1960s, Micho was as at home on stage as he was in front of his own turf fire. His vast repertoire of beautiful old tunes, personal warmth and utterly unique approach to playing the tin whistle won him a loyal and enthusiastic following wherever he went. These remarkable recordings made on Micho's last three tours of the US capture the magic of his music and take the listener on a journey to the very roots of Irish music.



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Arthur Cholakis

Micho Russell Ireland's Whistling Ambassador
I was swept away by the magic of Micho's music and personal charm. I cannot help but remark on the 'labor of love' of the producers, who compiled tracks of public performances and some recorded in the intimacy of a private home into a recording that is the equal of any product coming from the "big" recording companies. Ed Haber and Bill Ochs (who teaches me the pipes) have produced a gift to the world of traditional music that might never have been preserved except for their love of Irish traditional music.