Pear Drops and Fourteen Pounds
Buddy, Can You Spare a Tune?
Just a Drop to Steady Myself
The Humours of Kiltyclogher, Gusty's Frolics
The High Life
Air On A Shoestring
E major 6/8
Around the Houses
Three Degrees of Separation
The Silver Spire, The Cattle in the Cane
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Chris Newman - Still Getting Away With It
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 03/11/2010 11:44:13
Chris Newman is not only a really nice bloke but also one of my favourite folk guitarists along with Simon Nicol, Frank Simon (ex-Bully Wee), Ken Nicol, Arty McGlynn and Tony McManus now that you ask so, it goes without saying that I always expect great things and of course, Chris never fails to deliver. Forty years? Is that really how long hes been plying his trade? Well, it would appear so from the information gleaned from the press notes and getting down to the nitty-gritty from the exquisite delicacy of the self-composed opening track Pear Drops And Fourteen Pounds (written to celebrate his earliest paid gigs) you can feel comfortable in the knowledge that here is a master-craftsman at the peak of his abilities. Surrounding himself with an equally talented bunch of musicians including partner Maire Ni Chathasaigh (harp), his brother Mark on guitar, Nollaig Casey (violin), Arty McGlynn (guitars) and Simon Mayor on mandolin the music presented is nothing short of astonishing! Virtuosity abounds from the fingers of Newman and as you go through the album you will be left breathless by the beauty of it all. With ten of his own compositions running alongside traditional numbers including The Humours Of Kiltyclogher/Gustys Frolics and the often utilised Silver Spire leading into the major/minor American country tune The Cattle In The Cane the quality of Newmans digital dexterity are never in question. For those budding guitarists amongst you I couldnt recommend an album more highly. Sit down (youll need to) listen and above all enjoy.
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