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West of Ireland

by Nine-8ths Irish

Celtic music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Barrowburn/congress/high Reel
4:32 album only
2. Fig For a Kiss/calliope House
3:58 album only
3. Farewell to Whalley Range
2:45 album only
4. Wise Maid
2:51 album only
5. Julia Delaney/ships Are Sailing/the Banshee
4:00 album only
6. Shennopsy/kerfunken/dick Gossip's
3:50 album only
7. Crested Hens/beare Island/lads of Laois
4:57 album only
8. Cordal Jig/banish Misfortune/tar Road to Sligo
4:52 album only
9. The Relationship Set: Eileen Curran/catharsis/reconciliation
3:56 album only
10. White Petticoat/garret Barry's/bank of Turf
4:39 album only
11. Far Away
2:58 album only
12. Paddy's Trip to Scotland/macarthur Road/foxhunter's
4:15 album only


Album Notes
FGM columnist Kathy Barwick and her band Nine-8ths Irish have released this new CD called West of Ireland. Linked by a love of traditional Irish instrumental music, the four musicians in this band, with vastly different backgrounds "from bluegrass and country to jazz and big band music" have come together to perform music that they describe as "Irish and a wee bit more." Comprised of award-winning fiddler Linda Relph (a four-time women's champion in California), Bo Bowen (whistles), well-known bluegrass musician Kathy Barwick (guitar), and Chris Dunlap (bodhran), Nine-8ths Irish presents Irish and American tunes in a tasty blend of styles. The first foray into Celtic music for FGM Records, West of Ireland presents traditional jigs, reels and other dance tunes, a handful of tunes written during the past twenty years and a new tune by Linda Relph, "Shennopsy." Inspired by the greats that have come before them, Nine-8ths Irish makes its recording debut with this collection.

Song List:
Barrowburn/Congress/High Heel
Fir For a Kiss/Callipe House
Farewell to Whalley Range
Wise Maid
Julia Delaney/Ships Are Sailing/The Banshee
Sennopsy/Kerfunken/Dick Gossip's
Crested Hens/Beare Island/Lads of Laois
Cordal Jig/Banish Misfortune/Tar Road to Sligo
The Relationship Set: Eileen Curran/Catharsis/Reconciliation
White Petticoat/Garret Barry's/Bank of Turf
Far Away
Paddy's Trip to Scotland/MacArthur Road/Foxhunter's



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Scott Earley

West of Ireland
Considering the way they play this music I'd say they're Six-5ths Irish (just a wee bit more), especially their fiddler Linda Relph. The notes just glide off her instrument like water off a duck. "Far Away" just lulls me into a dreamy mood and Relph's original tune "Shennopsy" sounds like it came right off the boat at Ellis Island! The accompanying musicians are equally proficient at their craft. Being a singer I had hoped to hear some vocalizing, but I'm content to wait for their next release.