Tom Robison | Rovin' the World's Edge

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Rovin' the World's Edge

by Tom Robison

Montana yarns and toe-tapping, heart-lifting fiddle, from reels to rags.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Shaskeen Set
5:45 album only
2. Far Away in Australia
4:21 album only
3. What Would You Do if You Married a Soldier/Fine and Dandy
2:52 album only
4. Temptation Rag
3:16 album only
5. The Priest Set
3:22 album only
6. 50 Trout
1:11 album only
7. Rocky Road to Dublin
4:07 album only
8. Souce of Spey Set
5:41 album only
9. Lark in the Morning
2:23 album only
10. Water Strider Waltz
3:40 album only
11. Tyin' a Knot in the Devil's Tail
3:41 album only
12. Pickin' Parlor Rag
1:17 album only
13. Take Me Back to Old Montana
3:52 album only


Album Notes
"Tom Robison has joined together with his students to produce an honest, uplifting album....The playing is masterful. It will leave you with a lighter step and a lighter heart." Edith Parfit, The Missoulian

"Tom Robison likes to push the music to new frontiers; he also does not like to see the traditional sounds sullied."
Bob Phillips, Lively Times

The fiddle is a medium of transport; Robison gets carried away to Scottish moors, pioneer parlors, and Tin Pan Alley. The material is far-ranging; the playing reflects Tom's respect for tradition. The opening set of Irish fiddle tunes shows the influence of past masters such as Michael Coleman, and more recent propopents wuch as Martin Hayes. Tom's background in swing and bluegrass comes to the fore in other tracks, such as "Temptation Rag" and "Tyin' a Knot in the Devil's Tail."
Robison intersperses the intrumentals with vocals delivered in a storytelling style; "Tyin' a Knot" is a Western "stretcher", "Far Away in Australia" a tender love ballad, "Rocky Road to Dublin" a tale of a young man's high jinks. The closing vocal "Take Me Back to Old Montana", tells of a simpler, sweeter time when Montana was undeveloped.
Tom has assistance here from very capable players, including Mike Videon and Richard Burke on guitars, Mick Cavanaugh on whistle, and Angie Leprohon on hammered dulcimer, vocals, and musical saw.

Here's a CD with lots of variety and spirit!



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Bill Smith

This CD is a wonderful mix of great music. Each song is different and the CD brings together many types of traditional music. Though every person had an amazing amount of talent, Tom Robison is a fantastic player. He is able to combine different music types and create a smooth flowing album. He also has a great tone, his fiddle and voice are relaxing and inspiring. This CD is a must have for any celtic or folk fan!

Rik James

a radio dj review -- "Americana Backroads" (KGLT-FM)
I am lucky enough to host a weekly radio program I call "Americana Backroads" on KGLT-FM in southwest Montana. We have quite a healthy local musical talent scene. And among us is our Montana homegrown fiddle player and music teacher, Tom Robison.

I've known Tom for over 20 years. He's played with musicians all over the place, and he plays and enjoys so many styles of music-- swing, irish, bluegrass, and more. His fiddling always adds a spark of joy and sizzle to any ensemble he graces. His sound is melodic, playful, and always exciting.

On this, his second solo recording, Tom combines studio and live performance recordings. The studio takes demonstrate his musical prowess and he has some great local players and singers with him. The concert takes demonstrate how he enriches our community. With him are some talented music pals and his able body student players. There are both instrumental and vocal tracks, and each one takes the listener to another part of the "world's edge."

As a musician, we are lucky to have him among us. As a teacher, he is helping our talent pool grow even more.

"Rovin' the Word's Edge" indeed is HIGHLY recommended!

Rik James
"Americana Backroads" (Sat. 12-3 pm, KGLT-FM)
Bozeman, Montana USA