The Civil War Collection
While this remains a collection of traditional airs played by both sides of the American Civil War, I submitted it to this board because of the inherent commonality of style and tunes found in both American and Irish traditions. There were also plenty of Irishmen in the ranks of both sides.
Every track is an instrumental, produced and arranged by Jim Taylor and featuring:
Jim Taylor: guitar, hammered dulcimer
Tom Draughon: guitar
Sheila Adams: banjo
Bruce Green: fiddle
Tim Abel: concertina
Patrick Sky: uilleann pipes
The liner notes by JIm Taylor are extensive. They include the origins of each tune, how and by whom each was played or used, as well as many hisotrical anecdotes involving the tunes themselves which provide context and are a pleasure to read.
The last track is a particular highlight and a suitable closer, learned directly from the playing of Kentucky’s W.M. Stepp.
This is a valuable recording of traditional music and I encourage anyone who is interested enough to be on this board to buy at once!
A further Irish connection is that Tola Custy plays fiddle on one of Jim’s previous CDs.