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Thread #46624 Message #1061923
Posted By: Fortunato
27-Nov-03 - 07:29 AM
Thread Name: Review: PHILLY FOLKSONG SOCIETY Reviews
Subject: Chulrua CD: "Down the Back Lane"
While we are in a Hibernian state, I am tickled green to report a new release from Chulrua, the finest traditional Irish trio
in Iowa (and, possibly out of Iowa, too). Chulrua is button accordionist, Paddy O'Brien, guitarist/singer, Pat Egan and
Tim Britton who plays everything else. Their striking and skillful approach to their music is fitting match to their deep love
and understanding of the material and the culture it represents. If you are a fan of the real Irish dance tune, this will be a vital
addition to your collection. In the spirit of full disclosure, I will admit that I am not a disinterested observer of Tim Britton's
work. I confess that I have known Mr. Britton all his life. I often boast that I gave him a few bass lessons before he found his muse.
(It should be mentioned that bass is one of the very few instruments that he doesn't play on this CD). My tutelage, alas, had
nothing to do with his development as a world class Uillean piper and as fine a penny whistler. He even tears off some solid
mandolin work on this dynamite CD: "Down the Back Lane", which is available from Shanachie Entertainment,
www.shanachie.com or from Tim and Paddy at www.chulrua.com.
--- Michael Miller, Tune-Up, a publication of the Philadelphia Folksong Society