6 and 12 string guitars, cittern, mandolin, fiddle, viola,
pennywhistle, piano & bass guitar.
Djembe, ashiko, dumbek, congas, shakere,
Scottish pipe tune turns tribal stomp. The
mandolin heard on this track was built by my North
Carolina buddy, Rob Sharer. Robin citterns,
mandolin, guitar & bass, Steve dumbek, ashiko,
dfembe & shakere.
EIRINN Nl 'NEOSFAINN CE HI
(FOR IRELAND I'D NOT TELL HER NAME)
My Americanized take on an Irish air. The lyrics
tell of a poet's visitation by a mysterious lady. When
she reveals herself to be the nation of Ireland
personified, he vows to keep her secret. But then he
gives it away in the title! Robin guitar, piano
& fiddle .
- JAYBIRD SUITE
(Little Brown Coffin/Madame Bonaparte/Jaybird/Drink
Shank) Irish hornpipe and set dance followed by two
American old-time fiddle tunes. This suite features the
cittern, a larger cousin of the mandolin. Robin
12-string guitar, citterns, bass, 6-string guitar,
mandolin & fiddle.
A composition named after an all-black bicycle I
used to own. Robin guitar.
A famous Irish song of exile and longing. The town
of Carrickfergus is in County Antrim in the northeast of
Ireland. Robin cittern, guitar & viola-, Sue
Celtic harp-, Chris wooden flute.
- BOB AND MARGIE'S WALTZ
For treasured friends, Bob and Margie Farmer. Robin
- RASCAL'S CASTLE
A New Age Celtic mambo (how's that for a category?).
I took the name from a van I once saw on the highway.
Robin guitar & bass, Steve ganza &
- ASH GROVE SUITE
(Ash Grove/Three Ravens/Morgan Megan/Planxty Tom
Bombadil) The first two tunes are well known throughout
Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England, and are claimed by
all four nations. The third is a composition by
legendary Irish harper Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738).
The final tune, composed as O'Carolan might have if he'd
had chromatic notes available on his harp, is a planxty
(tribute) to the marvelous character in J.R.R. Tolkien's
The Lord of The Rings. Robin guitar
- MAHO SNAPS/PORT OF
I learned the first jig from Irish piper Joe
McHugh and hammered dulcimerist Barry Carroll during a
wild weekend at the International Hackbrett Festival in
Munich. The second is named in honor of Solomons Island,
Maryland. The title of the third is self-explanatory
(woof!). Robin mandolins, citterns, piano,
fiddle, guitar & bass-, Myron bodhran.
- BELLE OF LEXINGTON/FORTY MILES TO LOUISVILLE
A pair of Kentucky fiddle tunes, just for fun. My
source for the second was the late Merle Watson, still
one of my favorite musicians. Robinfiddles,
mandolin, guitar & bass.
- LOST HOLLOW LAMENT
Lost Hollow is a private name for my secret wooded
refuge. This piece is a tribute to the healing power of
wild places, and a lament for their disappearance. Robin
guitar & pennywhistle
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