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Randal Bays | Oyster Light

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Oyster Light

by Randal Bays

A masterful collection of music by one of the finest fingerstyle guitarists you'll ever hear... mostly Celtic, with some original pieces and one or two from the baroque repertoire.
Genre: Folk: Fingerstyle
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Castle Kelly - The Bunch of Green Rushes
4:09 album only
2. The Lark in the Clear Air
3:19 album only
3. The Cuil Aodha Jig - The Lark on the Strand
3:05 album only
4. Whately Snow
4:37 album only
5. Bach Cello Prelude
2:50 album only
6. The Trip to Durrow
3:41 album only
7. Coinleach Ghlas an Fhomhair
6:05 album only
8. An Crubach - Si Beg, Si Mor
4:32 album only
9. Miss Hamilton
5:43 album only
10. My Lady Hunsdon's Puffe
3:20 album only
11. Paddy's Rambles Through the Park
4:29 album only
12. The Sheep Under the Snow
3:23 album only
13. The Banks of the Quay - An Chuillean
3:22 album only
14. Baptist Johnson - The Emigrant's Jig
4:16 album only
15. Oyster Light
2:10 album only
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Album Notes
This recording is the result of my thirty some years immersed in Irish fiddle playing, my earlier life spent in serious study of the classical guitar, and my meeting with an extraordinary musician, Micheál O'Domhnaill, in about 1980. I didn't plan to create yet another "Celtic guitar" album - there are already so many great ones - but thought I'd be dreaming up a lot of original pieces for this collection. In the end, only ttwo are my own compositions. Most of the material comes from the Irish tradition, which has given me a way of understanding music that now underlies every note I play, whatever instrument I happen to have in my hand. There are a couple of my old favorites from the classical guitar repertoire; the Bach Cello Prelude (the only piece on the album in "standard" tuning, and "My Lady Hunsdon's Puffe", by Elizabethan lutenist John Dowland, which I found works much better in DADGAD. I learned that tuning and so much more from my friend and neighbor Micheál O'Domhnaill, but I never got a chance to properly thank him before his tragic death in 2006... thanks, Micheál, this album is for you. - RB, Seattle Nov. 2010



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Sharon Murley

Oyster Light
I am fascinated by this amazing guitar album. It is hauntingly beautiful in places and lively in others. Great album.


Wonderfrul CD
This is one of the best CDs I have heard in years.
The CD starts with a hauntingly beautiful arrangement and delivers with style and grace all the way to the end.
This is one of those special special recordings that highlight the magic that is guitar playing. If you like guitar, this cd is a must!
It will set the standard for guitar CDs for years to come! The additon of Abby Newton's cello playing is simply magic!