How Does Retirement Feel?
I love the group and I was a big fan of both Cunningham and Burke before they ever joined forces. It seems to me, however, that these gentleman have decided to coast. Their talent, current skill level, and good names are enough to carry them through until the end of days. They don’t need to impress anyone else.
The insert on the CD says that they met in a Bar and discussed making the Rendezvous CD. I imagine that the discussion was a bit more detailed.
Cunningham: "I bet you ten that we could put out a CD in one day. We could play all the easy tunes. Frill them up with some easy improvisations."
Burke: "Not a bad idea at all. We put in a few casual hours of goofing off, we create a new CD and our adoring fans will just buy it. They will actually believe that we tried. In the meantime, we just pad our pockets.
Lemaitre: "I like this idea. It will be our inside joke. We can include that silly little skyboat song and stretch it for 5 minutes….. "
I actually enjoyed the arrangement on Skyboat. But as a CD in general, I felt 0 moments of excitement. I have listened to it twice. I don’t think I need to repeat the experience. Rendezvous will find it’s way to the bottom of the pile. Their first two CD’s will probably have to be replaced because of overuse.
Rendezvous - another perspective
With all due respect, I think that Mark’s assessment is too cynical as well as somewhat unfair. Yes, Rendezvous is a disappointment if you’re expecting something like the two previous recordings. It’s a studio piece, more polished and mannered, and lacking the raw energy and excitement of the live performances. However, taken on its own terms, it’s quite decent. I had to listen to it several times to get over the it’s-not-what-i-thought-it-was yips, but once I did I was glad I’d made the effort. Several of the tracks are fun, and obviously the guys were having a good time with their unusually classicized arrangements.
Frankly, I can’t imagine either Burke or Cunningham coasting (I don’t know enough about Lemaitre to guess) —- especially Cunningham! Try listening to this CD as itself, not as a sequel to the first two but as itself, and it comes off much better.
That said, it takes Johnny Cunningham to make the Skye Boat Song less than sentimental drivel, IMHO. ;) (Alas that we will never see his like again.)
What tunes make up "knocknagow" on Rendezvous by celtic fiddle fest.?