We have added two new tracks to this blog. Texas would not at first thought seem like the center of the trad universe. It's the second largest state and is close to ten times larger than Ireland. Maybe its pure scale gives it an advantage on the web when it comes to traditional Irish music. With its piping clubs, music retreats and active music schools it is producing a lot of good music these days. We recently covered the North Texas School of Irish Music and theirWinter Air album which was a surprise recording in 2013. Another Texan that crops up repeatedly is Jonathan Milton. He is a performer, composer, and arranger of Irish traditional music and lives in Austin.We first came across him with a band called Aidan. They released an album called The Time is Right in late 2013 which featuresJeff Moore on guitar and Christopher Buckley on fiddle.In addition to Aidan he also performs in other ensembles including Jonathan Milton and Friends, and a trio with James Keane and Jeff Moore. Jonathan is back in the limelight again as a result of a new solo album that he has just released.
"Just One More..," is comprised of 11 tracks and includes mostly traditional tunes, with some modern ones and a few new compositions (in the traditional style) added for good measure. The past year was a busy one for him with performances at the Cork Folk Festival, Austin Celtic Festival, and the O’Flaherty Irish Music Retreat among many other dates at home and in Ireland. Just One More… includes an array of Texas talent including Charlie Branch (bouzouki/guitar), Joseph Carmichael (guitar), Michelle Hedden (bodhran), Jeff Moore (guitar), Ryan Gould (string bass), Pat Manske (drums/engineer), Jonathan Smither (fretless bass), Chris Buckley (fiddle), Daniel Mehalko (banjo), and David Mehalko (fiddle)".This track which includesKitty's Gone a Milkin'/Humours of Quilty/Green Mountain has sufficient life and energy to display a musician that understands the tradition as good as any. Beautiful change of texture and rhythm from the support players on the third tune in the set as well, with Gould's bass work particularly impressive.