Ron Cody | The Talking Rake

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The Talking Rake

by Ron Cody

Acoustic Celtic music by an ensemble of primarily wood-timbred instruments - banjo, cello, mandolin, guitar, bouzouki, bass and fiddle.
Genre: World: Celtic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Mikey’s Reel / Paddy on the Turnpike (the Auld Reel)
2:34 album only
2. Bob’s Bucket / Simon Thoumire’s
3:48 album only
3. Hanning’s Farewell / Fleur de Mandragore
5:32 album only
4. Snow on the Hills / Bobby Casey’s
3:58 album only
5. Reels: Salamanca / The Golden Keyboard
2:27 album only
6. Jigs: Boland’s Favorite / The Talking Rake / Humours of Whiskey
3:28 album only
7. The Dog Set: Kerry’s Reel / Emmet’s Fancy
2:29 album only
8. The Mason’s Apron / The Cape Breton’s Fiddler’s Welcome to the S
3:25 album only
9. Wesley
1:55 album only
10. Old French
3:16 album only
11. Little Jonny’s Run
3:45 album only
12. Booth Shot Lincoln
1:33 album only
13. Chinquapin Hunting
2:35 album only


Album Notes
Ron Cody has come up with a beautiful new album drizzled in Celtic influences. Bluegrass traces peek through, which makes sense given the strong Scotch/Irish fiddle tradition that informs Bill Monroe’s music.
The overall sound is sweet and elegant, with a rich palette of sonoroites led by Ron’s facile and heartfelt five string banjo playing. He’s joined by a hugely talented and sympathetic cast of musicians whose primarily wood-timbred instruments – cello, mandolin, guitar, bouzouki, bass, and fiddle – take one to a sun-spattered shore near the cliffs of Moher. Here Ron joins Chris Thile’s Punch Brothers in the move toward (new) acoustic chamber music, with exquisitely played unison melodies and mood-altering texture shifts.
Ron has been composing wonderful original music for years and his inclusion of several new gems is a welcome addition to the project. Here you’ll find exquisitely adroit music that never overshadows the profound Celtic melodies that form the backbone of this album.
-Tony Trischka

I have always wanted to play Celtic tunes on the banjo. Since my early years of playing, I tried to play these tunes by listening to a variety of sources. With not a lot of Celtic rules and instructional material for the 5 string banjo about, I stumbled along the way with different techniques, eventually assembling an approach to technique that includes single string, melodic and 3 finger styles. Over the years, listening to great players like Irish 4 string player Gerry O’Connor, and 5 string players, Bill Keith, Bela Fleck and Tony Trischka helped a lot.
My goal was to make a listenable banjo album. While I was focused on banjo sound and technique, my primary emphasis was arranging these tunes with these musicians and making each instrument sound its best with a banjo. The album has cello, fiddle, bouzouki, harp, flute, mandolin, bass, and guitar spread throughout.
The musicians are wonderful and talented players I know as friends. Cellist Natalie Haas added her profound texture and rhythm to the music in this recording. We had a lot of fun and I am so pleased with how great banjo and cello sound together in this style.
I hope you will enjoy listening to this album.
-Ron Cody



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