Shatter The Calm

By Dan Beimborn

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Incendiary stuff …

A powerhouse mandolinist/zouk player (plus a few other instruments in the mix), Beimborn makes music that has you wondering "how the hell did he do that?".

Available via http://www.celticmusic.com/dan

A fabulous debut by ‘zouk phenom Dan Biemborn, ably accompanied by the ubiquitous Zan McLeod & Paul Kotapish (Kevin Burke sideman). A lot of tasty tunes on here but a few stand out for me: "The Earls’ Chair" hasn’t sounded the same for me since I heard Dan’s take. So much oomph! The polka set is tasty as is the lone banjo track on the album which starts with a nice variation on the "Mason’s Apron". Recommended for all plucked string players.

As a bonus, Dan has included pix of the instruments in the liner notes and identified which axe is featured on each track. For the curious, one can compare Sobells vs. Steve Smiths vs. antique Gibsons to help you decide which one(s) you’d like to have…

Con Cassidy’s

I added my jig setting of this tune to my uploads here, the one linked at the moment is a reel and not on the disk 🙂