Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Silly Wizard "So Many Partings" (Scottish Folk 1980)

Generally considered the world's finest performers of traditional and contemporary Scottish music -- and with good reason. Silly Wizard's music is at once driving and sensitive, powerful and poignant, at times hypnotic, often humorous, with sensitive group interplay and virtuoso-level musicianship, particularly from brothers Phil (accordion, keyboards, whistles, guitar, vocals) and Johnny (fiddle) Cunningham. Their repertoire includes centuries-old instrumental dance music along with traditional and contemporary narrative ballads: tales of joy and woe, of men and women, of time and travel, of love and loss. Silly Wizard is not just another folk music group; they rank with the greatest creators and performers from any country from any time.

Several members of the group, particularly the Cunningham brothers and vocalist Andy Stewart, have made solo and duo recordings and have performed and recorded with other artists, primarily Scottish traditionalists. These recordings are also well worth investigating, but get the Silly Wizard stuff first. ~ Niles J. Frantz, All Music Guide

1. A Scarce O'Tatties/Lyndhurst
2. The Valley Of Strathmore
3. Bridget O'Malley
4. A.A. Cameron's Strathspey/Mrs. Martha Knowles
4. /The Pitnacree Ferryman/The New Shillin'
5. Donald McGillavry/O'Neill's Cavalry March
6. The Highland Clearances
7. Miss Catherine Brosnan
8. Wi' My Dog And Gun
9. Miss Shepherd/Sweeney's Buttermilk/McGlinchey's Reels

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Silly Wizard! Thanks for the music!

30 August, 2006 09:38  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Link is gone...sob!
Pllleeease repost::::))))

14 November, 2006 05:49  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks very much for this beautieful music.

25 January, 2007 05:35  
Anonymous arbor said...

This is excellent! I would love to hear more from this group

16 February, 2007 06:09  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BRILLIANT! Thanx

13 May, 2007 02:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brilliant! Thanx

13 May, 2007 02:01  

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