My new tenor guitar album - Giotár
A little shameless self-promotion… Many of you know me from years of discussions in the forums here, and playing tunes at sessions around the US and Ireland. If you’ve known me for a while, you probably know that I’ve been thinking about recording for some time, which helps lend me some credibility as a teacher and performer at festivals…
So the time finally came this year. A little over a year ago, Charlie Branch (or “Tony” as many of us know him) moved to Colorado, and he and I hit it off pretty quickly. Charlie is a fantastic accompanist on guitar and bouzouki. And we hatched a plan to record an album with primarily just guitars, because I love the sound of tenor guitar and guitar together. And there aren’t a ton of recordings of Irish traditional music on tenor guitar. (Just a few tracks here and there that I know of, like John Carty and Alec Finn playing together…)
The recording process took us about 5 months from start to finish. The album features a track with Marla Fibish playing mandolin and mandola on some waltzes (track 6). And a few other long-time members here helped out as well - Dirk Mewes on uilleann pipes (track 7) and whistle (track 12), Zina Lee on fiddle on one (track 9), and Kevin Rumery on bouzouki on a track that starts with Kevin’s Dream, which he wrote (track 3). Also my friend Brian Lanni, who is a former champion dancer and teacher (and budding banjo player), dances a hard shoe hornpipe (track 11. The Honeysuckle - which I learned from Brian as well).
So, if you’re at all interested, I’ve added the album to the Recordings section here:
And you can get track previews and purchase CDs or downloads here:
The album will also be on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music, Google Music, etc. very soon. (It has been submitted to all of them, but they each take different amounts of time to process the recording into their systems).
And finally, if for some wacky reason you would like a signed copy, Charlie and I will do that for you. You can send me a private message, and we can figure out the details. 😉