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Liz Carroll

  • 1. Reel Beatrice / The Abbey Reel
    2. Out On The Road / Princess Nancy
    3. For Eugene / Gravity Hill
    4. Clarke's Favorite / Pigeon On The Gate
    5. Tune For Mairead & Anna Ni Mhaonaigh
    6. The Sock In The Hole / The Hole In The Sock
    7. Mrs. Carroll's Strathspey / Chapter 16
    8. Helicopters / Crossing The Delaware
    9. The Sister's Reel / Wynding The Hay
    10. Lacey's Jig / A Tune For Charles / The Geese In The Bog
    11. The Par Cark / Baiting The Hook / The Jumping White Nut Eater
    12. Greenleaf Strathspey / The Setting Sun
    13. The Wee Dollop / The Houseboat
    14. G-Reel / Merle's Tune
    15. The Western Reel / The Road To Recovery
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1092

  • Credits
    ProducerLiz Carroll; Daithi Sproule
    EngineerBenj Kanters

    Personnel includes: Liz Carroll (fiddle).
    Liz Carroll is a noted fiddler in the Irish tradition who has taken the instrument and music in exciting new directions with her virtuosic playing. Here, Carroll is not only an interpreter, but a composer, writing 11 of the album's 15 songs herself. Accompanied sparely by the talented guitar of Daithi Sproule, Carroll runs through an energetic set with enough fabulous fiddle runs and turns toward emotion to keep any fan of the instrument thoroughly enthused. Just when the lament "Tune for Maird & Anna N Mhaonaigh" starts becoming too sad, it gives way to the scrappy "Sock in the Hole/Hole in the Sock," where hundreds of little high notes act like happy needles in your neck. Elsewhere, a series of reels is made consistently interesting by Carroll's unique style, which seems to drop odd notes into the gaps between bars and measures. Best might be "Clarke's Favorite/Pigeon on the Gate," which plays urgent high parts off of dark-toned bottom notes for a truly wild ride. Liz Carroll's good for listening, better for dancing, and great for Irish and traditional music in general, since it proves Carroll to be as adept a songwriter as she is a player and only suggests what tantalizing places she'll take the music next. ~ Johnny Loftus

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