Archives #1

By Jean Carignan

  1. Duke Of Leinster
    The Ladies’ Pantalettes
  2. The Pigeon On The Gate
    Miss Monaghan
  3. The Pigeon On The Gate
    The Fermoy Lasses
    The Wheels Of The World
  4. Reel Indien
  5. Follow Me Down To Carlow
    Miss Thornton’s
    The Clogger’s Quilt
  6. Sligo Fancy
  7. The Little Stack Of Barley
    The Blackberry Blossom
    The Green Fields Of America
  8. The Stack Of Barley
  9. Lucy Campbell
  10. The Wind That Shakes The Barley
  11. Miss McLeod’s
  12. Mrs. McLeod
    The Wild Irishman
  13. Mountain Ranger
  14. Reel Des Oignons
  15. Gigues;Jigs
  16. Reel Irlandais
  17. The Lads Of Laois
  18. Reel Joseph Allard
  19. Reel Bernard Morin
  20. Reel Albert Bastarache
  21. The Rising Sun
    Green Fields Of Erin
  22. La Valse Quadrille
  23. Valses Allemandes
    German Waltzes
  24. Murphy’s
  25. My Darling Nelly Gray
  26. Reel De Gaspé
    The Temple House
  27. The Liffey Banks
    The Reel Of Mullinavat
  28. The Merrymakers’ Club
  29. The Macroom Lasses
    Dunphy’s
  30. Dunphy’s
  31. Mullin’s Fancy
  32. Reel Du Voyageur
    Reel Du Cultivateur
  33. The Newcastle
    Celebrated Stop

Five comments

This master fiddler (violoneux en francais) had astounding speed, articulation and drive, much of which would be most appreciated by other fiddlers, who realize what prodigious technique he had. Lots of Irish, Scottish and Quebecois music joyously delivered for all to hear. A pleasure. Ottawa fiddle-maestro Denis Lanctot is the closest I’ve ever heard to anyone matching his technique, drive and mastery of the instrument.

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Re: Archives #1

I love this three-disc set. It seems quite oblique, looking back, but Carignan was my way into ITM back in around 2011/12; though my tastes are now inclined to a more ‘typical’ Irish style, I’ve lost no love for Carignan’s dazzling virtuosity, unique approach and creativity. You have to respect him for those things!

This disc set was a real find when I was at the stage of devouring all the recordings of Carignan that I could access. I had to wait for a reasonably priced copy to appear online, but it was worth the wait; compared to the many lower-quality recordings of Carignan, and some unusual collaborations, this is such a crystal-clear record of his playing, produced to wonderful high standards and extensive enough to give you a broad slice of his enormous repertoire. Gilles Losier is a superb accompanist on discs one and two but it’s fantastic also to have nearly an hour of solo stuff on disc three. I’m listening today for the first time in ages and it’s really nostalgic, reminding me of how gripped I was by Carignan all those years ago!

Added ‘The Clogger’s Quilt’ to track 5 - it’s not listed in the CD liner notes, but it’s there!