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2 Worlds United

by Pierre Schryer & Dermot Byrne

"Two master musicians - Pierre Schryer of Canada and Dermot Byrne of Ireland's Altan - create a tantalizing transatlantic link between their respective traditions. This is fiddle and accordion music of breathtaking diversity and dexterity." Earle Hitchner, The Wall Street Journal, Irish Echo, USA
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Kimmel's Fancy (John Kimmel's Favourite)
Pierre Schryer & Dermot Byrne
4:59 $0.99
2. The Road to the Glen / Pigeon On the Gate / Martin Rocheford's
Pierre Schryer & Dermot Byrne
3:43 $0.99
3. Lady Montgomery / Randall's / The E Flat Tune (In E)
Pierre Schryer & Dermot Byrne
3:09 $0.99
4. Sourgrass and Granite / Pierre's Right Arm
Pierre Schryer & Dermot Byrne
4:18 $0.99
5. The Low Level Hornpipe / The Lochside Hornpipe
Pierre Schryer & Dermot Byrne
3:47 $0.99
6. John Stephen of Chance Inn / Farewell to Whiskey
Pierre Schryer & Dermot Byrne
3:14 $0.99
7. Tiarna Mhuigheo (Lord Mayo)
Pierre Schryer & Dermot Byrne
3:35 $0.99
8. The Silver Slipper / The Lancers Jig
Pierre Schryer & Dermot Byrne
2:58 $0.99
9. Galope Et Chaîne De Cotillon / Pointe Au Pic
Pierre Schryer & Dermot Byrne
3:40 $0.99
10. To Dermot from Pierre / My Only Sister / Just for Curry
Pierre Schryer & Dermot Byrne
4:10 $0.99
11. Larry Og / Ríl Gan Ainm / Reel for Carl
Pierre Schryer & Dermot Byrne
3:36 $0.99
12. Piper's Inn / Moving Cloud (In F) / Moving Cloud [In G]
Pierre Schryer & Dermot Byrne
4:28 $0.99
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Album Notes
Reaching Across an Ocean
By Earle Hitchner

In 1997, it was Australian-born guitarist Steve Cooney, a resident of Ireland since 1981, who first hatched the idea that champion Ontario fiddler Pierre Schryer and Donegal button accordionist Dermot Byrne of the renowned Irish band Altan should record together. And what a brilliant idea it was. The Sault Ste. Marie-born fiddler and the Buncrana-born box player hit it off immediately, and that budding friendship carried over into the fully blossomed musical alliance heard here.
Not surprisingly, the album offers a healthy selection of Irish and French-Canadian tunes, but it also includes Scottish, Cape Breton,and original melodies, all performed with astonishing vibrancy and virtuosity. The duo exhibit a refreshing, risk-taking attitude and spirited approach, proving that serious music does not always have to be played oh-so-seriously. "It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing," Duke Ellington said, and this recording surely swings.
"Kimmel's Fancy," a reference to Brooklyn-born diatonic accordion legend John J. Kimmel (1866-1942), reveals some mirthful quoting from "Swanee River" much in the way Kimmel and, later, Joe Derrane tucked it into their playing. On another track, changing from a Scots strathspey to a polka might unnerve musicians of lesser talent, but here, in these expert hands, it is executed with snap and sizzle.
The entire album is a triumph of taste and touch, from the baroque-like beauty of "Sourgrass and Granite” leading into the animated bowing of "Pierre's Right Arm,” to Dermot's haunting accordion solo on a slow air and his incisive melodeon playing with Pierre's fiddling on a pair of Quebec reels.
Few musical bridges have ever been forged so strongly and skillfully as this album, connecting two great traditions, Irish and Franco-Ontarian,and two of their greatest living exponents. What a total joy this recording is, to be savored over and over again.

Earle Hitchner is an internationally respected music writer for The Wall Street Journal and Irish Echo newspapers.



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