Phil Elsworthy & Ed Koenig | The Crooked Path

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The Crooked Path

by Phil Elsworthy & Ed Koenig

A warm yet lively recording of traditional Celtic and Appalachian tunes, expertly played on guitar, fiddle and mandolin. Music that fits like an old pair of jeans.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Love At the Ending / Martin Wynne's
Phil Elsworthy
3:04 $0.99
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2. Rakes of Kildare / Lilting Banshee
Phil Elsworthy
3:09 $0.99
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3. Redican's / Reel of Mullinavat
Phil Elsworthy
3:30 $0.99
4. Home With the Girls / Lonesome John
Phil Elsworthy
3:30 $0.99
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5. Neil Gow's Lament
Phil Elsworthy
2:58 $0.99
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6. Small Coals for Nailers / Morning Dew
Phil Elsworthy
2:50 $0.99
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7. Andro
Phil Elsworthy
3:43 $0.99
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8. Nonesuch / Man of the House
Phil Elsworthy
2:39 $0.99
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9. O'Carolan's Farewell
Phil Elsworthy
3:02 $0.99
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10. Da Old Resting Chair / Hamnavoe Polka / Maggie's Reel
Phil Elsworthy & Ed Koenig
3:45 $0.99
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11. Bryan O'Lynn / Fraher's
Phil Elsworthy
2:43 $0.99
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12. Jug of Punch / Eddie Kelly's
Phil Elsworthy
3:31 $0.99
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13. Farewell
Phil Elsworthy & Ed Koenig
2:07 $0.99
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Ed Koenig and Phil Elsworthy are veteran musicians with roots in folk, classical, country and rock styles. On The Crooked Path they focus on traditional Celtic and Appalachian tunes, using simple arrangements of fiddle, guitar, mandolin and tambourine to create a rich, friendly sound that is both lively and soothing.

Phil plays a unique pair of Hardanger fiddles he made himself. One has eight strings, of which four are sympathetic strings that run under the others to make gentle drone. The other has ten strings, of which six are sympathetic. They give Phil's fiddle a a mellow, resonant, singing tone that comes through beautifully, especially on the slow solo parts.

Ed plays a Martin guitar with standard tuning on most sets, switching to DADGAD for three tunes and drop-D tuning on another. He also plays a vintage 1918 Gibson mandolin.

In the studio, producer Ross McKitrick and engineer Brad Dugas took special care to record the instruments with maximum accuracy. At the mixing stage, once the instruments were balanced, only minimal EQ and compression was applied, yielding a recording of great clarity and presence.

Be sure to listen to the tune samples. You will find The Crooked Path to be a delightful album, evoking a timeless sense of friendship and the meandering journeys of life.

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