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Fiddler's Green [Tim O'Brien]


  • 1. Pretty Fair Maid in the Garden
    2. Look Down That Lonesome Road
    3. Fiddler's Green
    4. Land's End / Chasin' Talon
    5. Fair Flowers of the Valley
    6. Foreign Lander
    7. Buffalo Skinners
    8. First Snow
    9. Train on the Island
    10. Long Black Veil
    11. Few More Years, A
    12. Early Morning Rain
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 14006

  • Credits
    ProducerTim O'Brien
    Engineer

    Personnel: Tim O'Brien (vocals, guitar, banjo, bouzouki, fiddle); Darrell Scott, Mollie O'Brien (vocals); Dan Tyminski, Kenny Vaughan, John Doyle (guitar); Dan Dugmore (steel guitar); Jerry Douglas (resonator guitar); Stuart Duncan (banjo, fiddle); Dirk Powell, Charlie Cushman (banjo); Chris Thile (mandolin); Casey Driessen (fiddle); Samus Egan (whistle); John Mock (concertina); Dennis Crouch (bass guitar); Kenny Malone (drums, tambourine).
    In the early fall of 2005, Tim O'Brien simultaneously released two albums, Cornbread Nation and Fiddler's Green, on Sugar Hill. And while both dig deep into the fabric of American roots music, the albums also revealed O'Brien's split musical personality, a split that dates back to his work with Hot Rize/Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers during the 1980s. Fiddler's Green gives birth to the more conservative side of his neo-traditional core while still allowing him to delve into Celtic and Appalachian folk, bluegrass, and old-timey. Much of the material here, as on Cornbread Nation, is traditional, featuring well-worn icons like "Pretty Fair Maid in the Garden" and "Buffalo Skinners." As one might guess, the arrangements are fairly low-key, featuring simple banjo/guitar/mandolin setups with a few odds and ends -- bouzouki, flutes, and percussion -- thrown in to keep things interesting. The performances on Fiddler's Green are well wrought but, perhaps because of the conservative nature of the project, a bit stolid. "Buffalo Skinners" proceeds at a steady pace for over five minutes, and O'Brien, despite his fine vocal, really doesn't bring anything new to this Western saga. This is far different than his radical reworking of "Little Sadie" on 2000's Real Time with Darrell Scott. Oddly, some of the liveliest tracks, "Train on the Island" and Gordon Lightfoot's "Early Morning Rain," don't surface until the last third of the album. Fans will more than likely find Fiddler's Green enjoyable if not revelatory, while skeptics will wonder if O'Brien should've taken the best cuts from both releases and made one great album. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.

  • Critic Reviews
    Dirty Linen (p.49) - "[The album has] an old-time feel and a darker tone...focusing on death, loss, and disappointment. Far from a downer, the disc is leavened with a number of O'Brien originals..."
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