Traditional Irish Music
Welcome to the Tradconnect Official Album Launch series. For members and readers this series of articles will introduce you to a new traditional album for the first time. We are working with artists to bring a little bit more excitement to the “online launch”. The first time you share a track from a new recording with your fans and audience is important and we are delighted to bring new exclusive tracks to you.
Truth Be Told is the new album by Cincinnati based musician Justin Bonar-Bridges. He has been very clear with regard to the type of album he wanted to make and where his inspiration came from. He talks honestly about the musicians from the past and what they mean to him. They, like him, found solace in the music and were rarely obsessed with technical percision and dazzlement, but rather an outpouring of the heart. In the sleeve notes, Randal Bays also references the fact that solo fiddle music is indeed refreshing in an era where most recordings feature ensembles or groups. He states that “Justin has taken another, bolder route, with most tracks played solo or lightly accompanied on bouzouki or guitar. This allows the tunes themselves to take precedence.” Combining this solo approach with a very natural fiddle sound that he has managed to capture, he has created a thoroughly engaging album. What you get is an honest and inspiring album that pays respect to the past masters that have so informed his own music.
As always we include a track from the album and included below is track 8 of 17 in total. The tunes are Breeches Mary, Martin’s One-Horned Cow and The Rose in the Heather. Justin uses a Gb, Db, Ab,Eb tuning on this particular track. Breeches Mary was sourced from a Denis Murphy recording, Martin’s One-Horned Cow from O Neill’s and the last and well known Rose in the Heather jig he picked up along the way.
We spoke to Justin about his decision to deliver an album of predominantly solo music. He said that “as a pre-teen I took lessons with Kevin Crehan, who introduced me to the recordings of his grandfather Junior Crehan, Bobby Casey, Joe Ryan, and other proponents of Clare fiddling. The only thing you hear on those old recordings is the solo fiddle, so I grew up hearing it. It's a very personal sound - the fiddler becomes a storyteller, letting the instrument act as a voice for their soul. Of all the recordings of Irish music I've got, it's the solo tracks that I always come back to, hence my decision."
"Furthermore, since it's a debut album, I wanted to introduce people to my playing. When you're playing with a band the story changes from a monologue to a conversation. Everyone has to reel in some of their personal expression, so that no one steps on anyone else's toes. Down the road I'd love to record with other melody players, or more accompaniment, but I needed to let people hear my voice first."
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Also visit www.jbfiddle.com
Justin Bonar-Bridges - Fiddle
Steve Matyi - Guitar/Bouzouki
Recorded : Group Effort Sound Studio, Crescent Springs, KY
Engineered, Mixed, Mastered : John Burgess, Sound Foundary Productions, Cincinnati, OH
Design & Production : Bridgebeck Studios
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