Celtic Fiddle Festival - Encore

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12 tracks: Ward's Favourite / The Morning Star / The Star of Munster / Laington's Reel * La Jolie Bateliere / Rondes De Loudeac * Hector the Hero * Mrs. Kenny's / Gowden Locks / Sweeney's Buttermilk / I Haven't Heard From Johnny Yet / Les Ridees Du Printemps * Up In The Air / Across the Black River / All In Good Time * Marche et Gavottes Pourlet * Johnny's Big Set - Lochanside / Christmas Day In The Morn' / The Pub Jig / Hurrican Bob / The Ale Is Dear / The Fairy Dance * Teolena / Marche de Roskonval / Sandizan * Ton Bale Pier Baudouin / Dans Fisel * Farewell to Ireland / Foxhunter's Reel * Two Andros / Andro Psg * The Dark Island.

Three of the finest fiddlers in the Celtic World - Kevin Burke, Johnny Cunningham and Christian Lemaitre - come together on this live performance. Recorded on tour in Britain, with accompaniment by masterful Breton guitarist Soig Siberil, the album gives testimony to the electricity and excitement generated by these great stylists from Ireland, Scotland and Brittany.

Since his days as a Bothy Band member, Kevin Burke has been recognized as the premier Irish fiddler of his generation. Born in London to parents from County Sligo, Kevin plays the beautifully fluid and highly-ornamented Sligo style. Now living in the USA, Kevin is a member of seminal Celtic groups Patrick Street and Open House.

Johnny Cunningham is a founding member of the legendary Scottish group Silly Wizard, and has played with a number of contemporary bands including Relativity and Nightnoise. One of the finest fiddlers of any genre, Johnny's dazzling style is dynamic and technically superb, from emotive and eloquent airs to lightning fast reels.

Christian Lemaitre is a renowned musician in his native Brittany, the Celtic region of France. A former member of the great Breton group Kornog, Christian's lyrical playing reveals the exotic, dark cadences of the beautiful Breton tradition.

Burke, Cunningham and Lemaître first toured America together in 1992, delighting packed houses with both their spirited playing and spontaneous humor, and an album of selected performances came out the following year. With its solo showcase pieces and fiery ensemble playing, this Encore performance of the original Celtic Fiddle Festival is a successor to the trio's 1993 debut.

"Three of the finest folk violinists anywhere" (Washington Post)

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