First Listen : "Finally Tuned" by John Sherman & Randy Clepper

2013 has produced a significant number of albums with group recording, trio's, duet's featuring strongly.  Until now we have not had any fingerstyle guitar albums so this is a welcome addition to the catalogue.  We have had a first listen and it's a remarkably accomplished recording. John Sherman and Randy Clepper are two central Ohio-based multi-instrumentalist musicians who perform as a duo on bouzouki, fingerstyle guitar, and tenor banjo.  The two have previously recorded solo and with other ensembles, but have (finally) released a duo album, "Finally Tuned", with John on guitar and tenor banjo and Randy on bouzouki and guitar. 

The album contains traditional music with with a few modern tunes and one set with Galician and Italian numbers.  John and Randy pass the melody duties back and forth on many of the bouzouki-guitar and duo guitar sets.  The project is rounded out with tenor banjo sets accompanied by bouzouki.

They refer to the set included below as the  Portland Set.  It is a set of tunes originally recorded by Kevin Burke and Mícheál O'Domhnaill on their album entitled "Portland": Rolling Waves, Market Town and Scatter the Mud.  Randy explains that "John initially put this together as a fingerstyle guitar arrangement and we adapted it to bouzouki and guitar.  Though our arrangement is a slightly different setting, the tune order comes from Kevin's and Mícheál's recording and we have a hard time imagining these tunes apart from one another.  We perform it as an homage to Mícheál who is no longer with us."

We have spoken to Randy about the recording and will follow up with a more detailed article. For now have a first listen.

The album is available on CDbaby : http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/johnshermanrandyclepper

 

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