Mark Simos | Race the River Jordan

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Race the River Jordan

by Mark Simos

An underground classic since its release in 1995, this collection of original Appalachian-style fiddle tunes, from the hard-driving to the whimsical, play both in and with the structure of traditional Southern fiddle music. A coherent suite of tunes, cine
Genre: Folk: Appalachian Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sail Away Ladies/Sail Back Home Again
4:36 $0.99
2. Scotty
3:12 $0.99
3. Luther/The Last Straw
6:19 $0.99
4. The Word in Edgewise
3:12 $0.99
5. Lit Splickety/I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
3:42 $0.99
6. Pony Boy
3:54 $0.99
7. Dirk's Escape
3:16 $0.99
8. Woody of the Lake/Neithammer Honeymoon
4:44 $0.99
9. Armin's Socks/ Sliding Up the Bannister/ Common Cold
6:11 $0.99
10. Buckeye
2:04 $0.99
11. New Valley Forge/ Sandy's Shoes
4:26 $0.99
12. Mandolin Boomerang
4:40 $0.99
13. Race the River Jordan
4:47 $0.99
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Album Notes
Mark Simos is a songwriter, tunesmith and composer, dance fiddler, and guitar and piano accompanist, who weaves a lifetime's love of many traditions-Irish, Southern old-time, New England, Quebeçois, bluegrass, and Klezmer among others-into innovative musical forms.

Mark's original songs have been recorded by such respected artists as Alison Krauss & Union Station, Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum, Kate Brislin and Jody Stecher, the Del McCoury Band, Peter McLaughlin, Ranch Romance and Freyda Epstein.

Mark Simos calls his instrumental creations "tradiginal orishinal" music. That seems a sufficiently straightforward description of the crooked fiddle tunes what we receive on his fabulous CD "Race the River Jordan." Except for the opening "Sail Away Ladies," the album consists of 20 years worth of original compositions that most of the time glisten with the genuine spirit of traditional string-band music.

Simos calls these "New Old-Time Style Fiddle Tunes," and many of them do indeed sound like they've been around for ages. Some would be great dance tunes, some are delightfully crooked: all are arranged with a variety and precision that make this a good listen.

"... a musician's musician, versed in many musical idioms and excelling at all of them. He is one of the few musicians I know equally at home in the often incompatible roles of traditionalist and innovator."
-Mick Moloney

"Mark Simos writes songs I wish I'd written."
-Laurie Lewis, Rounder recording artist



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Robert Lee Johnson -- The Guitar man

Good Fiddle Musci. You will love this CD.
I love the Fiddle music on this CD. Listen to "Scotty" it has some great music that you will love.


Utterly refreshing
The sweetest of many pluses on this CD is the variety of instrumentation. Spare and full sounds are intermixed, as are more popular vs more traditional instruments. You can listen and listen without getting tired of the same old sound.