Emmett Gill & Jesse Smith: The Rookery
This is a lovely unaccompanied duet recording by London-born piper and Baltimore-born fiddler. The two musicians play a nice mixture of well-known and somewhat obscure tunes taken from varied sources, from old tune collections to the recordings of fiddle and pipes masters such as B. Casey, W. Clancy, S. Ennis, T. Peoples, L. Rowsome, P. Cronin, J. Morrison, and P. O’Keeffe.
I knew Jesse Smith is a skillful fiddler but didn’t know he’s such a nice fiddler to play with a piper until listening to this recording. Every track of this album sounds dozens of years old: you couldn’t tell it was recorded just a couple of months ago if not told so.
Jesse just recorded another album with John Blake and Mick O’Grady.
“O‘Grady, Mick, fiddle, singing in English, Jesse Smith, fiddle, & John Blake, piano, At my grandmother’s knee and other such joints, Smith, O’Grady, & Blake SOB001, 2012”
Here’s some more stuff.
The link on here to the first tune takes you to the reel of the same name. But this jig is surely Whelan’s: .https://thesession.org/tunes/1447.
As for the 2nd jig, the link here takes you to a different Boys Of The Town, also a jig in G. But what they’re playin’ here is this one https://thesession.org/tunes/1264.