The 2011 CD from Australian Ado Barker showcases his interpretations of Irish traditional music. Ado is well known down under as a leading light in Trouble in the Kitchen, one of Australia's best Irish trad bands. Here he is accompanied by the sensitive and Alex Finn style bouzouki of Ruairi McGorman.
Trouble in the Kitchen - The Next Turn Order Number - TVLCD0803
The Next Turn, the long awaited third CD release from Melbourne-based Trouble in the Kitchen amply demonstrates why they are now widely considered to be Australia's finest trad Irish band. The selection of tunes range from driving reels to beautiful waltzes and marches. Traditional material is complemented by newly composed tunes of great beauty and vigour, which will surely be accepted into the tradition. An essential CD for any lover of traditional music, played on acoustic instruments, with verve, attack, joy and precision.
Ronald & Anna-Wendy Stevenson - Gowd and Silver Order Number - eclcd0518
For many reasons, this can be claimed as a very special recording. Grand-father and grand-daughter, teacher and pupil, the composer and the performer - all these forms are embraced and the threads connecting them explored. As a virtuoso pianist and composer of international stature, Ronald Stevenson's place in the annals is assured. ... His grand-daughter is Anna-Wendy Stevenson, a professional musician in her own right, who has sustained the connection between Scottish and classical with her proficiency in both idioms. An orchestral leader and internationally travelled "fiddler", she has recently added a composing dimension with her forthcoming "new voices" commission for Celtic Connections Festival. Together then in harmony, two musicians at different stages of their lives and careers, connected over two generations with an appreciation of music lovingly handed down, this is indeed an unusual recording. - Simon Bradley.
Gerry O'Connor - Journeyman Order Number - LUGCD962
a sublime album of fiddle tunes' - The Irish Times.
'His music speaks a language as accustomed to reaching back as it is to looking forward, fingering its history with the same loving care that it does the present.' - The Ticket ...
'an excellent set of tunes' - Sunday Herald ...
'he puts his considerable talents entirely at the service of the tune, letting the melody suggest the pace and ornamentation.' - Hotpress ...
'the best Irish album of 2004' - irishmusicreview.com
Annawendy Stevenson - self titled CD Order Number - eclcd0619
"This is a lovely CD featuring Scots fiddler Annawendy Stevenson with piano accompaniment from James Ross. Much of
the material is traditional but there are also some notable self-penned
compositions - for example Midsummer Star a tender tune written for her father. With her gorgeous tone, execution and feeling for the music she brings a wealth of understanding to the old tunes as, for example in her touchingly beautiful version of the after Culloden tune, Hard Is My Fate. review from Footstompin'
Gerry O'Connor & Gilles le Bigot - Live in Concert Order Number - LUGCD963
Gerry O'Connor is a leading player of traditional music in his home country of Ireland. This live concert CD captures the brilliance of his playing in the duo format. Here on this CD Gerry is accompanied by Breton guitarist Gilles le Bigot, a player with many credits over a number of years with the distinction of being the person to really develop the open tuning style of accompaniment on guitar for traditional music.
Glór na mBan - The Sound of Women Order Number - indie0196
Glor na mBan means The Sound of Women, and a very fine sound you'll hear on this excellent debut full-length album from New Zealand's new all-girl Celtic band. Emerging from Wellington's rich folk culture for an intended one-off performance back in 2004, Glor na mBan's talent shone out, guiding the band to regular performances round the country and a trip to Australia's 2005 National Folk Festival. - JB, 2006
Brendyn Montgomery & Mike Considine - Mountain Air Order Number - NM0001
Two talented players here add another recording in the tradition of the instrumental duo, playing Irish traditional music. Brendyn Montgomery is a talented young player on flute and whistle, accompanied here in fine style by Mike Considine on bouzouki, an instrument once rare in Irish music but increasingly employed for its clarity of sound and percussive drive.
The Cockies - A Sackful of Ferrets Order Number - CDBA02
A great band from the Cygnet area of southern Tasmania. The Cockies play regularly to audiences at concerts and festivals around Australia, delighting audiences with their renderings of traditional material from various nations, particularly the Celtic and American dance and song traditions.