12.Summer Garland / Miss Stewart Of Grantully / Half-Past Three / The High Road To Linton
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Personnel: Jody Marshall (hammer dulcimer, piano, background vocals); Grace Griffith (vocals); Paul Oorts (guitar, bouzouki, mandocello, mandolin, musette); Al Petteway (guitar); Ellen James (celtic harp); Andrea Hoag (fiddle); Karen Ashbrook (flute); Rico Petrucelli (bass guitar, fretless bass); Myron Bretholz (bodhran); Steve Bloom (percussion).
You have to hand it to Jody Marshall. She doesn't stand on ceremony with her music. The hammer dulcimer player isn't afraid to expand from the traditional Irish material she does so well into some unexpected, if not unrelated areas. Her own material fits the bill well, especially the title track, and she does a lovely version of O'Carolan's "Mrs. Anne McDermott Rowe." But she veers from that into a John Kirkpatrick tune, a hornpipe, and even to Scotland for a Gow piece. The joy is that everything fits together so well. Her playing is crisp and clear, the arrangements well thought out and highlighting the melodies. She's an excellent musician, not only technically, but in terms of taste, too. ~ Chris Nickson