The Sligo Indians

The Sligo Indians

by Tony DeMarcoTony DeMarco


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The notation below Tony DeMarco's name on the album cover says "New York Irish Fiddler," but the fact that he's from New York is less interesting than the apparent fact that he's, well, Italian. In fact, he's half Italian and half Irish, and it's the latter side of his heritage that is on full display on this stunning collection of tunes played in the style common to County Sligo. It's a style that relies less on florid ornamentation than some others do, while leaning more heavily on melodic variation; DeMarco's particular sound is admirably clear and clean, his approach to variation intelligent without being overly showy. On his long-overdue solo debut he is accompanied by an all-star cast of sidemen including Kevin Burke, Jerry O'Sullivan, Seamus Tansey, and even legendary jazz bassist John Pattitucci, among many others. Identifying highlights is difficult on a program as consistently brilliant as this one, but a few do stand out: the simple but soaringly lovely tune "Philip O'Beirne's Delight" features not only some of DeMarco's most tasteful playing, but also quietly brilliant guitar accompaniment by John Doyle and an array of Latin percussion as well. The slow air "The Blackbird" is a mournful but beautiful duet between DeMarco and uilleann piper Ivan Goff, and there's a polka set that features absolutely stunning double-tracked fiddle and baritone fiddle playing by DeMarco alongside some brilliantly understated bodhran playing by Tom English. It all adds up to one of the most thoroughly enjoyable albums of traditional Irish music to be heard in years. Very highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/22/2008
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
UPC: 0093074054529
catalogNumber: 40545
Rank: 10683


  1. Paddy on the Turnpike/The Scholar
  2. The Mullingar Races/The Boys on the Hilltop
  3. The Wheels of the World/The Steampacket/The Moving Bogs
  4. The Poppy Leaf/Alexander's
  5. The Sally Gardens
  6. The Sligo Indians/Paddy Clancy's/Larry Redican's/The Rambling Pitchfork [Ji
  7. The Best Years of My Life
  8. The Monaghan Jig/Richard Brennan's
  9. The Reel of Mullinavat/Linda Ray's
  10. The Blackbird
  11. Philip O'Beirne's Delight/The Old Dudeen
  12. Minnie Dempsey's/Galway Belle/Tripping to the Well
  13. Lad O'Beirne's/The Rover
  14. The Kerry Real/Miss Monaghan
  15. Rosemary

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tony DeMarco   Primary Artist,Fiddle,Baritone Violin
Kevin Burke   Fiddle,Guest Appearance
John Patitucci   Bass,Guest Appearance
John Doyle   Guitar
Charlie Lennon   Piano,Guest Appearance
Jerry O'Sullivan   uillean pipes,Guest Appearance
Eddie Bobe   Conga,Clavinet,Shekere,Guest Appearance
Tom English   Bodhran,Guest Appearance
Seamus Tansey   Flute,Guest Appearance
Peter Horan   Flute,Guest Appearance
Natalie Haas   Cello,Guest Appearance
Séamie O'Dowd   Guitar,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Ivan Goff   uillean pipes,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Kevin Burke   Annotation
Mick Moloney   Annotation
Andy McGann   Composer
Tony DeMarco   Composer,Producer,Annotation,Track Notes
Charlie Lennon   Engineer
Oliver Strauss   Engineer
Marlow Palleja   Art Direction
Don Meade   Annotation,Track Notes
D.A. Sonneborn   Executive Producer
Daniel Sheehy   Executive Producer

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