Eileen Niehouse | Mad Grace

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Mad Grace

by Eileen Niehouse

Totally instrumental CD of traditional Irish music by one of the very few women playing fingerstyle Celtic guitar, featuring both solo pieces in the DADGAD tuning and ensemble tunes featuring fiddle, harp, and Dobro.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Denny Delaney's
3:43 $0.99
2. Spanish Cloak/5 Pound Note
2:56 $0.99
3. Miss Brown's Fancy/The Trip We Took Over the Mountain
2:14 $0.99
4. Carolan's Draught
1:59 $0.99
5. Sonny Brogan's Fancy Goes to the Delta
3:21 $0.99
6. March of the King of Laois/Planxty Drury
4:00 $0.99
7. Lark in the Morning/Sally Gardens/Geehan's/Reconciliation
3:59 $0.99
8. Black-Haired Lad/Castle Kelly
2:14 $0.99
9. Down by the Sally Gardens/O'Keefe's Slide
3:08 $0.99
10. The Wild Geese
4:15 $0.99
11. Fairies' Medley
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Album Notes
Eileen Niehouse is one of very few women playing Celtic finger style guitar. Luckily, she is from Denver, home of the notorious Mother Folkers, a yearly gathering of local women musicians (which boasts alums: Lynn Morris, Katy Moffatt, Mollie O'Brien and Mary Flower).
Her exposure to Irish music came very early. Her mother was from Co. Galway and was active in the Irish community. From wakes to dance lessons, to many visits to relatives in Ireland, Eileen has been immersed in the culture.

Eileen played in various local Irish bands over the years, but became frustrated with playing just accompaniment, and started working out fingerstyle versions of tunes. Her CD, Mad Grace, is the fruit of that labor. It mixes group and solo pieces, all instrumental, and all favorites of Eileen's.
It also led to her meeting El McMeen, who strongly encouraged her to go solo and gladly shared his musical ideas and tips. Though she seldom travels, she can be seen at the yearly Potomac Celtic Festival in Virginia, and she is the "house band" at the Celtic Women International Conferences.
Eileen always tunes her guitar to DADGAD, having been inspired by Micheal O'Domhnaill and awed by Pierre Bensusan. One of her pieces, "Carolan's Draught", is featured in the Mel Bay book "Pierre Bensusan Presents DADGAD Music." She hopes to return to the studio in the fall of '06 to finish recording her second CD, "Eire Guitar."



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I'd like to give this lady a big hug
I have been playing guitar and and collecting guitar music for a long, long while. Besides the obvious Bensusan DADGAD nod, names come to mind like Renbourn and Jansch. If you collect Anglo/Celtic acoustic guitar, this is a must have. Just wonderful.

Eber Klaus

Hi Eileen, my dear!
Some years ago I discovered your piece „O`Carolan`s Draught“ and was thrilled at once.
I´m playing it since today.
I tried to get more infos about you but the internet didn´t offer any adress, website or a distributer of a CD of you.
Today it finally succeeded that I discovered a possiblillity to order „Mad Grace“ and now I`m really looking forward to get it soon.
I would like to get more information of you and your activities.
May be I`ll hear from you. That would be really nice.

Have good times.B
Best wishes Klaus - a 54 year old , guitar playing guy from Regensburg/Germany.

Ray Gehringer

A Beautiful Work
Beautiful playing and excellent song choice. Mad Grace is a welcome addition to my collection of Celtic Guitar albums and sits comfortably along side John Renbourn, El McMeen, Duck Baker, and Martin Simpson. "Come On Eileen" make another.