Ashley MacIsaac

Ashley MacIsaac

by Ashley MacIsaacAshley MacIsaac


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Cape Breton fiddler Ashley MacIsaac is as schizophrenic as ever on his self-titled first release for Decca. With his uniquely punk rock approach to Celtic reels and jigs, MacIsaac has plenty of room to toy with drum loops, reversed passages, and bizarro studio effects, and there are certainly moments where that experimentation pays off. The layered and loping "To America We Will Go" and the brittle "This Is My Father" both benefit from this multi-tiered approach, but it can also seem cluttered and unnecessary ("Grapes" may be the worst of these offenders). MacIsaac's strength has always been in his forceful fiddle playing, and this translates best in his updates of the traditional "Chorus Jig" and "Bog an Login," but the songs he has decided to test his own singing voice on fare less well. While his voice is forceful and in key, it is not necessarily interesting, and although this bluesy bar-belting could do justice to a pub-swaying drinking song or an impassioned battle ballad, on the majority of these tunes it just falls a little flat. Overall, as MacIsaac continues to push the boundaries of Celtic fusion he continues to hit and miss, and on this album the interesting textures and adept playing don't always make up for what the songwriting and singing lack.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/06/2003
Label: Imports
UPC: 0044001892127
catalogNumber: 1892127
Rank: 106497

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ashley MacIsaac   Primary Artist,Organ,Fiddle,Piano,Vocals
Paul Bryant   Bass
Paul Bryan   Synthesizer,Harmonium,chamberlain
Larry Gray   Vocals,Background Vocals
John Maher   Electric Guitar
Shawn Pelton   Drums,Tambourine
Terry Radigan   Vocals,Background Vocals
Dallas Smith   Vocals
Gerry Leonard   Electric Guitar,Loops
Mary Jane Lamond   Vocals
Matthew Gruenberg   Bass
Maxim Moston   Strings
Jaime Babbit   Background Vocals
Lisa MacIsaac   Vocals
Rex Gibson   Synthesizer,Harmonium,chamberlain

Technical Credits

Rory Johnston   Producer,Executive Producer
Kevin Killen   Producer,Engineer
John Maher   Producer,Engineer
Greg Riley   Engineer
John Morris Rankin   Arranger
Ashley MacIsaac   Arranger
Mary Jane Lamond   Producer
Scott Hollingsworth   Engineer,drum programming,Percussion Programming
Carla Leighton   Art Direction
Rob Sanzo   Engineer
Denis McNamara   Executive Producer
Rex Gibson   Engineer,drum programming,Percussion Programming

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