Album Review - Denis Liddy & Elvie Miller / Tradaree

Denis Liddy and Elvie Miller have crafted a captivating album of traditional Irish music. It has substance, quality and likability stamped all over it. It features Denis on fiddle and Elvie on piano and accordion and they have called it Tradaree, which is the name of the present-day parishes of Shannon and Newmarket-on-Fergus in County Clare.

Tradaree is presently in the top ten albums list and rightly so. They present 14 tracks of fiddle music with many in the Clare style that is such a joy to listen to.  Others are uptempo and display the full ranges of Denis's playing. The opener is a lively set called Saint Ruth's Bush/The Heights Of Muingbháithe/The Cornboy. For the second set Paddy Canny's/Jack Casey's Denis slows it right down for a typically leisurely set of jigs. This is music in the true Clare style.  Slow and measured and delivered with great feeling and expression. They draw out the melody and show how these tunes should be played. Miss Rochelle Rudolph's Hornpipe/the Humours of Moanfin are likewise played with fantastic clarity. The North Road To Tralee is one of the best marches I have heard with Denis displaying every nuance of its flowing rhythm. To celebrate their wedding day we have a waltz specially composed by Denis called Elvie's Waltz


For any fiddle players out there, this is definitely an album to play to get you into the zone. It is an album of great expression and authenticity performed by two musicians who know how to delve into the tradition and extract tunes that speak to us in a language we understand. For anyone who has a love for this tradition and the distinctive Clare style of fiddling in particular this album is for you.

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Comment by Tina Eck on November 10, 2014 at 5:19

That's absolutely my favorite track ... the Junior Creehan tune, the piano picking up the melody ... stunningly beautiful ... what a gem .. this whole album. The musicianship is just out of this world ... gorgeous !

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