Solo Fiddle Albums? Do they even exist?

Solo Fiddle Albums? Do they even exist?

I’m looking for a good solo fiddle album. Anyone know of any? Do they even exist? I like the other instruments and all, but right now i want to hear just fiddle. I was very impressed with "The Eavesdropper" Album. Matter of fact, it’s pretty awesome. If you don’t know of any, i’m at Barnes and Noble looking at a "The Best of The Chieftains" , "Woman of The House" by Cherish the Ladies and "Still Rovin" by the Irish Rovers. Which one would you reccomend? Thanks folks πŸ™‚

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I wouldn’t suggest either of those recordings if you want to get a solo fiddle album. There are tons of solo fiddle albums and many with a backer. So many that it’s hard to suggest only a few, Frankie Gavin & Alec Finn’s album is well-loved, one of my favorites is Andy McGann & Paul Brady’s "It’s a hard road to travel", There’s tons of out of print albums on http://ceolalainn.blogspot.com/ , Dennis Murphy, Bobby Casey, Paddy Canney etc loads of great albums.

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Um, none of those for solo fiddle! LOL

There are scads of solo fiddle albums out there but probably NOT at a music shop….better luck online I’d think. Most of the fiddlers in the bigger bands have also put out at least one solo album if not more than one. And there are just tons of folks who have put out "solo" albums….

Off the top of my head here are a few that should be easily available:
Kevin Burke (he’s got about 6-8 out there - look for If the Cap Fits - it might be in the music shop)
Oisin MacDiarmada
John Carty
Tommy Peoples
Brenden McGlinchy
Liz Doherty
Randal Bays
Athena Tergis
James Kelly
Michael Coleman
Tola Custy
Tommy Potts
Brongaene Griffin
Eilieen Ivers


Less easy to find at a store but still available online if you know where to look:
Bobby Casey
Paddy Canny
Martin Byrnes
Josephine Keegan
Dennis Murphy
Martin Mullvihill

God there are scads!!!

Happy hunting

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Casey in the Cowhouse is a classic you should get
http://ceolalainn.blogspot.com/2010/09/bobby-casey-casey-in-cowhouse-1992.html

Live at the W. London Folk Club (Brendan McGlinchy) is a wonderful
recording I just discovered a few weeks ago - not well known,
but incredible playing
http://ceolalainn.blogspot.com/2009/09/brendan-mcglinchey-live-at-west-london.html

Melodic Journeys (James Kelly) and Liffey Banks (Tommy Potts)
are pretty "out there" for someone learning Trad tunes for the first time.

Look online at Custy’s to find lots of good stuff (but expensive)

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The ones i mentioned, i figured i could get for now until i found some solo fiddle. I was just also wondering if the albums that i mentioned are any good?

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"Frankie Gavin & Alec Finn’s album is well-loved, one of my favorites is Andy McGann & Paul Brady’s"

Surely these are both duo albums? Fiddlelearner seems to be looking for fiddle only. The link certainly will lead you to some.
"Casey in the Cowhouse" is mostly solo, as far as I recall.

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Cherish the Ladies is a good Trad instrumental group, but if
I were you I’d walk away from Barnes and Noble and go online
or find a specialist shop that that isn’t full of Beyonce and Bieber
records.

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I think i have a 50 dollar music budget this week. I plan on getting a different genre of music(before i burn out on ITM) and a mixed instrumental ITM album, but my focus is a Solo fiddle album.

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There’s also "Crystal Clear" by the late Jerry Holland. It’s Cape Breton rather than Irish, strictly speaking—but he was a mighty, mighty trad fiddler and composer.

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thanks πŸ™‚ now all i have to do is buy some blank CD’s so i can play them in my car πŸ™‚ "The Eavesdropper" was too short, so if i drove around for more than 40 min. the cd would start over. I’ve already had it for a couple months now, and its getting a little redundant :/

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And the recently released MacDara O’Raghallaigh (brother of Micheal O’Raghallaigh):

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/macdaraoraghallaigh

I’ve been waiting for this one for years…

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Thanks Georgi — I’ve been waiting for that as well. That’s me set for the next month or two.

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It all depends on what you’re looking for.
I can think of the following, off the top of my head, but there would be loads more:

I’d say, Cheoil an Chlar, John Kelly, John Kelly jr, James Kelly, Patrick Kelly of Cree, Junior Crehan, Joe Ryan, Bobby Casey, Peter O Loughlin (only available in duets though, get Aggie Whyte while you’re at it), Tony Linnane (also only in Duet) P Joe Hayes, Paddy Canny, Vincie Griffin, Padraig O Keeffe, Denis Murphy, Connie Connell, Maeve Donnelly, Caoimhin O Ragallaigh, Breda Keville, The Brass Fiddle, Johnny Doherty, Simon Doherty (if you can find it), Michael Coleman, James Morrison, Paddy Killoran, Martin Mulvihill, Tommy Peoples, Paddy Glackin, Andy McGann, Tommie Potts, Martin Hayes, Kathleen Collins, Sean Keane, Jimmy Power, Gerry O Conor

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Most of these are accompanied though

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About half of them, give or take. That, unfortunately, can’t be helped. But as Eaves dropper was the starting point, I thought there was a bit of room to manoeuvre. I would have liked to mention Conor Tully and James Cullinan, Siobhan Peoples and a few others but you know, no solo stuff.

Beandan McGlinchey, Paddy Fahey, Aggie Whyte, Sean Ryan, Paddy Canny, Paddy Galvin, Lad O Beirne, Martin Wynne, Paddy Cronin and stacks of others that are only in the ‘samizdat’ recordings. I’d recommend stacks of those too, possibly more so. Not a practical option if you have to rely on Barnes and Noble. It’s first things first so.

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Can’t believe I forgot to mention that one. Shame it’s been suppressed.

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I’ve just downloaded MacDarra’s ‘Ego Trip’ and I must say it’s got to be up there with the all-time greats, full of wit and humour and skill, and a joy to listen to. I couldn’t recommend it more highly. If I had any criticism it would be of members of the audience shouting out; but it is live after all, and you would have to be comatose not to react to his playing.

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It would be handy if someone could give a list of all the known albums on which EVERY TRACK is UNACOMPANIED SOLO fiddle, with no fiddle duet or accompanied fiddle tracks or albums mixed in. It would be a nice reference to have.

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hmmm - It seems I’m able to completely tune out guitar. Please contact me if you’re interested in signing up for my upcoming online seminar.

Probably tutorials are your best bet - Seamus Creagh’s Tunes for Practice is really good, and also James Kelly’s 101 tunes (some amazing tunes in there).

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I know a guy who can do that. Oh, wait, no - he can completely out of tune a guitar. That’s different.

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‘there’s a lifetime of stuff you can download of the internet - not stealing, just things that are out of print, copies of old 78’s etc.
http://comhaltasarchive.ie/
http://www.archive.org/details/78rpm’

too true. I am listening to Ceol an Chlair now I think here:
http://comhaltasarchive.ie/search?q=recording_id%3A824&sort=track_number
all fiddle solo also they seem to have gotten rid of the audio watermark which is a blessing as is the whole site

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Kevin Crehan, son of concertina player Tony Crehan and grandson of Junior, made a now out-of-print CD of unaccompanied, fiddle-only music titled "An Bhabog Sa Bhadog." The selections consist of the old West Clare music—Junior tunes and otherwise—passed to Kevin by his father and grandfather…..raw and lovely stuff played in the old West Clare fiddle style of Casey(s) and Crehan(s)…..

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sorry if somebody already cited that one….i’m skimming here….

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There’s an album called "Fiddler’s Fancy" that Tommy Peoples brought out quite few years ago. It comes with a book of the tunes (or vice versa). Some of the tracks have backing, BUT on those tracks the backing is on an entirely separate channel which can be shut off on playback by twiddling the stereo balance control. There is a lot more about this CD here on https://thesession.org/recordings/display/1099

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Manus Lunny was the backer there, I am not sure though you’re not confusing this one with the ‘High part of the Road’ recording that noted on the cover that you could fade out the guitar or the fiddle with the stereo balance.

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No. I have the Fiddler’s Fancy CD that came with the tune book.

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Another vote for MacDara O’Raghallaigh’s recent CD "Ego Trip", I’m listening to it now, it’s both magnificent and great. And I don’t mind the audience noise at all.

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‘No. I have the Fiddler’s Fancy CD that came with the tune book.’

I have the cassette that used to come with the book, when it was called ‘Fifty Irish Fiddle Tunes’. Somewhere. it’s just been so long I have heard it I didn’t remember that feature of it. ‘High Part of the Road’ had a similar thing, you could turn down Paui Brady, if you wanted to. I remembered that much.

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Just got the MacDara O’Raghallaigh’s recent CD "Ego Trip after his playing on the you tube clip of Maids of Mount Cisco.
I got it here;http://macdara.bandcamp.com/album/ego-trip

free Download to go with the hard copy. nice.

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declan folan - skin and bow. was recommended on www.tradconnect.com and I have it. its good

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Try: Seamus Creagh’s ‘Tunes for Practice’; Joe Ryan’s ‘An Buachaill Dreoite’, Martin Hayes’ ‘The Lonesome Touch’ for starters…

Thoroughly recommend all of the above, especially ‘Tunes for Practice’ as it’s completely unaccompanied and each tune is played at slowish pace at first and then faster the second time round.