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ON ORKNEY

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ON ORKNEY

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On Orkney \r\nDon Wessels - Chromatic Harmonica\r\nGavin Firth - Guitar\r\nBob Gibbon - Accordion\r\nFionn McArthur - Fiddle\r\n \r\nIn the summer of 2003, there was magic On Orkney. \r\nAtholl Highlanders\r\nBob McQuillan's/Poor But Happy at 53\r\nMargaret Davidson's Waltz\r\nFlowers of Edinburgh/The Teetotaller\r\nJackson's Frieze Coat\r\nMuileann Dubb/The Haggis/The HIgh Drive\r\nThe Corn holm\r\nO'Farrell's Welcome to Limerick\r\nJenny's Wedding/Ramnee Ceilidh\r\nJoining of the Spirits \r\nDon Wessels - Chromatic Harmonica\r\nGavin Firth - Guitar\r\nBob Gibbon - Accordion\r\nFionn McArthur - Fiddle \r\nDon Wessels,joining a trio of musicians on the Scottish \r\nisland of Orkney, gently but firmly finds his \r\ninstrument's place in the Tradition with this emotive set\r\nof tunes from Scotland and Ireland. Driven by \r\nGavin Firth's muscular,nuanced guitar, the fiddle and \r\nreeds dance guardedly, then wildly, as they fuse spirits.\r\n\r\nOn the first track you can hear them exploring, listening\r\nto each other and responding as they swoop through the \r\ntune. On the repeat, the musicians begin to play off one \r\nanother, and the uncertainties of the first verse become\r\ncreative collaborations. \r\n\r\nDon has created a style in contrast to the full-breathed,\r\nopen-mouth style of the acknowledged master of Irish\r\nchromatic harmonica, Eddie Clarke. This style is further\r\nenhanced by the adoption of the ornament vocabulary of \r\nthe other standard trad instruments, particularly the \r\nuilleann pipes.\r\n\r\nJust as the button accordion increased the number of \r\narticulations available to the melodeon player, Don's\r\napproach frees the harmonica from the tyranny of its \r\ntonic-dominant-tonic restrictions. Thus the palette of \r\nornaments is expanded, borrowing from and interpreting \r\nthe Tradition with both respect and precision.\r\n\r\nAtholl Highlanders\r\nBob McQuillan's/Poor But Happy at 53\r\nMargaret Davidson's Waltz\r\nFlowers of Edinburgh/The Teetotaller\r\nJackson's Frieze Coat\r\nMuileann Dubb/The Haggis/The HIgh Drive\r\nThe Corn holm\r\nO'Farrell's Welcome to Limerick\r\nJenny's Wedding/Ramnee Ceilidh\r\nJoining of the Spirits \r\n \r\n


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