Dan Isaacson's Simple System - Dan Isaacson
Traditional Irish Music for the Flute
With & Without Company
Dan Isaacson; Flute, Bouzouki, Uilleann Pipes, and Whistle\r\n
Aaron Olwell;Concertina, Fiddle and Flute
Danny Noveck; Fiddle and Guitar
Kelly Smit;Sean-nos dance
Matthew Olwell; Bodhran, Feet and Cajon.
A refreshingly old-style recording, almost half solo flute, also featuring Sean-nos ("old-style") percussive dance and an unusual combination of ten instruments between the four musicians. Recorded "live" in two days without using headphones, separation or digital tampering, this is musical snap-shot of long-time friends playing and dancing for enjoyment in a relaxed atmosphere. Some of the music dates back to the 1600's and some is recently composed, including a jig Tommy Peoples dedicated to Dan and Dave Cory and a waltz Billy McComiskey wrote for the first dance and Dan and Kelly Smit's (slowly impending) wedding. The group was aiming to re-create the classic feel of the many fine recordings of the 1970's where the playing is natural and the recording studio is a vehicle to the music rather than a detectable presence. Tommy Peoples and Billy McComiskey, two of the most influential musicians of that era, have this to say about the new CD:
"I've enjoyed this recording for many reasons. I'm familiar with Dan and\r\nhis attitude to the music; the playing speaks of fun times, times past,\r\npresent times, many rhythms that rhyme, composers and tunes old and new,\r\nbeautiful melodies, connections, friendships, sharing and caring, old\r\nways, lasting ways, from the heart to the heart, and all mentioned, passed\r\non or living, present, with love and a smile. Thanks Dan, Kelly, Danny, Aaron, and Matthew."