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A cool Celtic voyage to Ireland, Scotland, Brittany and the Isle of Man. Traditional tunes in innovative arrangements are performed on hammered dulcimer with Irish flute, cittern, guitar, mandolin, soprano sax, Celtic harp, fretless bass, bodhran and hand drums #MM109 CD ,52:51 minutes. MUSICIANS: Maggie Sansone on hammered dulcimer with: Robin Bullock on Cittern, guitar, fiddle amp; mandolin;Bob Read on Soprano saxophone, clarinet amp; alto flute,Al Petteway on guitar,Sarah Bauhan on Irish wooden flute amp; pennywhistle,Bonnie Rideout on Scottish fiddle;Sue Richards on Celtic harp;Rico Petrucelli on fretless electric bass;Charlie Pilzer on acoustic bass;Myron Bretholz on bodhran ( Irish frame drum) and Steve Bloom on Dombek, ashiko drum, congas amp; shakers.
"A Celtic/New Age/jazz crossover that bubbles with life and captures perfectly the spirit of experimentation at its kernel." -- Rock 'n' Reel ( U.K.)
"A broad ranging musical tour of the wellsprings of Celtic music...comprehensive and beautiful." -- SCHWANN CATALOG
"Eastern flavor amp; subtle jazz shades open the perception of Celtic music far beyond the usual." -- ROCK 'N' REEL(U.K.)
"Sansone presents the listener with a unique opportunity for mystery and mysticism." -- WOMEN TODAY
"Steeped in tradition yet often wed to the contemporary, few recordings span the gap of generations so gracefully... -- The Washington Post
Excerpts from liner notes: Track #1. Get Up Early (3:29)Hammered dulcimer, guitar (Al), soprano saxophone, clarinet, alto flute amp; bass. An Irish jig slowed down with with very tasteful blues sounds on fingerstyle guitar and incredible soprano sax solo- very mellow and "cool". 2.Breton set (5:43)-These tunes come from Brittany, the Celtic region in the northwest of France. The air, "Meulomp,"very beautiful and haughting air is followed by three traditional dance tunes. 4 Tyrone March/CooleyÂs Reel (6:29) Hammered dulcimer, soprano saxophone, fiddle (Robin), button accordian, guitar, fretless bass, dombek, shakers amp; ashiko bass drum. An modal key Irish march from Tyrone County in the Northern province of Ulster, and a well- known reel with a jazzey intro. 5 Skye Aire (3:53) chamber ensemble playing at its best with harmonies and variations with fiddler (Bonnie Rideout ) and guitarist (Al Petteway). 9. Joe CantÂs/John McKeownÂs/Willafjord (2:44) The use of damper pedal creates a unique percussive effect to start the set. 10 MummerÂs March/The Burning of the PiperÂs Hut (5:16) MaggieÂs signature playing shines on this traditional tune in a new original version on Hammered dulcimer, soprano saxophone, clarinet, guitar, cittern amp; congas. The second tune is a Scottish march possibly referring to the harsh treatment of the Highland clans after the defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie, when kilts were banned and pipers were outlaws.
About the Artist One of the most exciting and innovative hammered dulcimer players recording today, Maggie Sansone brings a unique vision to the music of the ancient Celts. She performs on the hammered dulcimer, ancestor of the modern day piano. The percussive melodious sounds of her wooden mallets dancing across eighty wire strings creates a harp-like resonant sustain that brings a special beauty to her music. Maggie has been featured on CBS-TV "Sunday Morning," and NPRÂs "All Things Considered," "Performance Today," and "The Thistle amp; Shamrock." She is the recent recipient of two prestigious awards - the ANNIE Award for Performing Arts from the Anne Arundel Country Cultural Arts Foundation and the WAMMIE for best Irish/Celtic Instrumentalist from the Washington Area Music Association. Maggie has authored seven music books for the hammered dulcimer with Mel Bay Publications and was included in their 2000 Hammered dulcimer Anthology Series featuring AmericaÂs finest performers and teachers.She is now teaching privately and offering workshops year round at the Maryland Hall for Creative Arts in Annapolis, MD. Maggie is a popular performer, equally at home at local street fairs and folk festivals to the big concert stages including appearances at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. She is also known for producing an exciting array of Celtic and Christmas shows featuring some of the top stars in the Celtic music scene today. She was the founding member and manager for five years with the national touring show A Scottish Christmas and joined forces with one of the largest music companies in the world-BMG Entertainment to create a live concert DVD and video of the show. Maggie is founder and CEO of MaggieÂs Music record label based in Shady Side, Maryland, It features over forty recordings distributed worldwide through mail order, wholesale and retail outlets. The label has received seven "Record Label of the Year" WAMMIE awards from the Washington Area Music Association. A major article on the record label appeared in The Washington Post which said " Gaelic traditions are alive and well...Maggie's Music has been a driving force behind the popularity of Celtic 'chamber folk," which combines the intricate harmonies of classical music with the energy and spirit of folk music." MaggieÂs recordings on the record label Maggie's Music are: 1) SOLO: Celtic Meditations; A TravelerÂs Dream; Dance Upon the Shore, Mist amp; Stone, Traditions; Music in the Great Hall 2) CHRISTMAS: Sounds of the Season, Sounds of the Season II, Ancient Noels with Ensemble Galilei, A Scottish Christmas (CD/DVD/video) and 3) CELTIC COLLECTIONS: Celtic Mist and CarolanÂs Gift.