Down the Line

Down the Line

by Ciarán TourishCiarán Tourish


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For his first solo album, Altan fiddler and whistle player Ciaran Tourish doesn't move far from the template established by his longtime band. Over a strictly traditional acoustic setting, Tourish solos on both of his primary instruments on a selection of traditional Irish dance tunes and a small handful of his own compositions in the style. As a fiddler, Tourish isn't interested in flash or showboating displays of speed, preferring to let his melodies do the work for him. It's a refreshingly humble attitude in a style that occasional pays more attention to chops than is strictly necessary. On the three vocal tracks, Tourish cedes the spotlight almost entirely, first to Paul Brady on his own "Dreams Will Come" (a typically excellent performance by a faithfully excellent performer) and later to Maura O'Connell on the traditional air "Slan Le Mhaigh" (ditto). In between is a less successful cross-cultural experiment. The version of the Carter Family's "Are You Tired of Me, My Darling?" is clearly meant to make plain the historical connections between country music and Irish folk traditions, but in an unfamiliar musical context, singers Alison Krauss and Tim O'Brien merely sound stiff and uncomfortable. That misstep aside, Down the Line is an encouraging solo debut.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/07/2005
Label: Compass Records
UPC: 0766397440729
catalogNumber: 974407
Rank: 96209

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ciarán Tourish   Primary Artist,Fiddle,Human Whistle
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Alison Krauss   Vocal Harmony
Paul Brady   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Viktor Krauss   Bass
Arty McGlynn   Guitar
Tim O'Brien   Mandolin,Vocals
Maura O'Connell   Vocals
Darrell Scott   Guitar
Jim Higgins   Percussion

Technical Credits

Jerry Douglas   Composer,Author
Alison Krauss   Composer
Paul Brady   Arranger
Arty McGlynn   Arranger
Tim O'Brien   Composer
Maura O'Connell   Arranger,Composer
Ciarán Tourish   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Conal Markey   Engineer
Alastair McMillan   Engineer
Traditional   Composer

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