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First Through the Gate: Irish-American Fiddle Master

  • 1. Reels: The Liffey Banks/The Concert Reel/The Donegal Traveler: The Liffey Banks / The Concert Reel / The Donegal Traveler
    2. Slip Jigs: The Foxhunters/Barney Brallaghan/Comb Your Hair and Cut It: The Foxhunters / Barney Brallaghan / Comb Your Hair And Curl It
    3. Reels: The Mullingar Lea/Dowd's No. 9/The Lass of Carracastle: The Mullingar Lea / Dowd's No. 9 / The Lass Of Carracastle
    4. Jigs: Up Sligo No. 2/Contentment Is Wealth/The Scotsman Over the ...: Up Sligo No. 2 / Contentment Is Wealth / The Scotsman Over The Border
    5. Reels: The Blackberry Blossom/The Silver Spire/The Dawn: The Blackberry Blossom / The Silver Spire / The Dawn
    6. Hornpipes: The Cuckoo/Flowers of Spring/Dunphy's: The Cuckoo / Flowers Of Spring / Dunphy's
    7. Reels: The Dairy Maid's Reel/The Reel of Bogie/Langton's Favorite: The Dairy Maid's Reel / The Reel Of Bogie / Langton's Favorites
    8. Highlands: O'Flynn's Fancy/Casey's Pig/Jimmy Lyons': O'Flynn's Fancy / Casey's Pig / Jimmy Lyon's
    9. Reels: Paddy Ryan's Dream/Never Was Piping So Gay/John McGrath's: Paddy Ryan's Dream / Never Was Piping So Gay / John McGrath's
    10. Reels: Jenny's Welcome to Charlie/Tom Steele: Jenny's Welcome To Charlie / Tom Steele
    11. Slow Air: An Raibh T Ag an Gcarraig? (Were You at the Rock?) :: Were You At The Rock?
    12. Reels: Martin Wynne's Nos. 1, 2, 3, and 4
    13. Hornpipes: Minnie Foster's Clog/The Newcastle Hornpipe/Fly By ...: Minnie Foster's Clog / The Newcastle Hornpipe / Fly By Night No. 2
    14. Jerry's Beaver Hat/Scatter the Mud/Kitty's Wedding: Jerry's Beaver Hat / Scatter The Mud / Kitty's Wedding
    15. Reels: The Spike Island Lasses/Tom Moylan's Frolics: The Spike Island Lasses / Tom Moyland's Frolic
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 40481

  • Credits
    ProducerEdward Haber; Brian Conway
    EngineerEdward Haber

    Personnel includes: Brian Conway (fiddle); John Doyle, Mark Simos (guitar); Pat Mangan (fiddle); Felix Dolan (piano); Myron Bretholz (bodhran).
    Recorded at Betrayal Studios, New York, New York. Includes liner notes by Mick Moloney.
    Personnel: Brian Conway (fiddle); Mark Simos, John Doyle (guitar); Pat Kilbride (cittern); Andy McGann (fiddle); Felix Dolan (piano); Myron Bretholz (bodhran).
    Liner Note Authors: Earle Hitchner; Don Meade; Mick Moloney.
    Recording information: Betrayal Studios, New York, NY.
    It's taken Brian Conway a long time to make his debut album, given a history as one of the best Irish-American fiddlers around. But it's worth the wait (and the drawn-out recording process, begun in 1997), as the disc proves his exceptional talent. That he seems happiest on more upbeat material is apparent by the appearance of only one slow air, "Were You at the Rock?," but that proves to be a thing of strong beauty. He's taken on board a number of Irish regional styles, and one can hear Sligo and Limerick in his fiddling, but the way he's put them all together is strictly his own, as much of a hybrid as America itself. But for all his preference for the speedier material, he never makes the mistake of letting it go too fast; instead, he still allows each note to shine, and the phrases to glitter under his bow. Discreet backing -- to the point of being little more than a prop -- makes sure he's front and center all the time, but that's ideal in this instance, as his playing deserves the limelight. ~ Chris Nickson

  • Critic Reviews
    NAPRA Review (11-12/02, p.63) - "...The seeming effortlessness of his talent as he pays the plaintive tones of a slow air is just as apparent in a good rollicking reel or a jovial jig..."
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