Solo Fiddle Music from Ireland
Own label DD3
1. Maureen from Gibberland; 2. The Pinch of Snuff; 3. The Sniggler; 4. Watching the Morning Grow; 5. The Blackbird; 6. The Return from Cloughoughter; 7. Powderhorn Polkas; 8. An Buachaillín Bán; 9. The Swan; 10. Johnny Cope.Unless you've closely followed Danny Diamond for the past 3 or 4 years, I think I can safely say that you'll have never heard anything like this music. Not being a fiddle player myself, I've passed Danny's two previous CDs on to Phil Heath Coleman for review ... but from having heard a clip of the first track, I decided that I wanted a copy of it for my own pleasure; thus this review.
But I can't do better than to quote Phil for a moment:
If you're looking for a good example of the 'measured and meandering' music Phil referred to, I think Danny's take on The Blackbird should do nicely. He describes it as 'a fundamental building block of the Irish tradition [and] it dates back at least three hundred years.' and plays it here as a slow air. Despite their single tune titles, most of the tracks here are actually sets of 2, 3 or even 4 tunes, and I'd like to let you hear a pair of reels from later in the Blackbird set. They are fairly well known; The Four Courts/The Custon House, but 'hearing Danny Diamond's rendering of a familiar tune is like hearing it for the first time'. I think you'll agree!
I'd happily give you sound clips of everything on offer here, but three long ones will have to do. This CD really is a feast of quite extraordinary fiddle playing. You can get it from: bandcamp.com or cdbaby.com
Rod Stradling - 25.11.17