Athena Tergis’ Debut Album A Letter Home Available Now!
August 15, 2007
Athena Tergis’ Debut Album A Letter Home
"...this is a stunning album..." - IRISH AMERICA MAGAZINE A Letter Home
is an album that ranges across the intersections of Irish and Scottish music with an instrumental voice and style informed by the fiddler’s American experiences. "I called this album A Letter Home
because it’s really like a set of landmarks, it’s my favorite pieces of music over the last ten years," says fiddler and composer Athena Tergis. "I’ve been playing with other musicians my whole life, bands and recordings and other projects, but this is the first time I’ve made an album of my own." Kicking off with a set of reels including "Johnny McGreevy’s", "Owney Davey’s", "O’Callaghan’s" and "Margaree Reel", Tergis shows her gift for phrasing which underscores the emotional essence of the tunes. The album moves quickly into a lively set of barn dances and a Scottish strathspey. The collection winds through fourteen tracks of jigs, reels, highlands, set dance tunes and flings with origins in Galway, Cork, Antrim, and Donegal to those from the Scottish Highlands, the Irish community of Chicago and the heart of Cape Breton. A Letter Home concludes with the haunting slow air, "Bi Falbh O’n Uinneig" [Be Gone From The Window], a tune which Tergis learned from her childhood mentor and teacher, Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser.
Tergis enlisted guitarist John Doyle, former member of Irish supergroup Solas, who has worked with Alison Brown, Michael Black, Liz Carroll, Susan McKeown and Cathie Ryan among others, to produce the project. " He has a fresh approach, but he’s very true to the tradition," she says, "and that was very important to me for this record." She has an A list roster of supporting players as well, including Sharon Shannon and Billy McComiskey on accordions, cellist Natalie Haas, Ben Wittman on percussion, and fiddler Liz Carroll. "Just some of my favorite musicians," Tergis reflects happily, "an all star cast, I’d say."
Athena Tergis currently resides in Italy, and has started a studio in Tuscany, Terra Linda Studios. She returns often to the Americas to perform, including upcoming plans to appear with Mick Moloney and the well-known group Green Fields of America, with whom she’s also working on a recording.
Here samples from A Letter Home here
Dale Ann Bradley to Announce IBMA Nominees
August 14, 2007
Dale Ann Bradley and Del McCoury will announce the 2007 IBMA nominees at the Country Music Hall of Fame this Thursday, August 16. Bradley has been nominated several times for female vocalist and won "Recorded Event of the Year" in 2006 for Daughters of Bluegrass’ Back to the Well
. Good luck Dale Ann!
Here clips from Bradley’s latest, Catch Tomorrow
Barenberg’s "Little Monk" in USA Today Weekly Playlist
August 14, 2007
"Little Monk" from Russ Barenberg’s newest release When at Last
was selected by reviewer Brian Mansfield for USA Today’s weekly playlist
. Here a clip from "Little Monk" here
Drew Emmitt Band at Exit/In August 8
August 06, 2007
Drew Emmitt Band at The Exit/In
August 8, 2007
8PM - $10
You’ve seen them acoustic-style, but are you ready to hear the Drew Emmit Band ’Lectric Style? That’s right - Drew is "plugging in" and playing that electric-bluegrass sound pioneered by Leftover Salmon 15 years+ ago! Drew is going to break out the electric guitar in addition to the mandolin.
Drew Emmitt, the dynamic lead singer and mandolin player with the popular jamband Leftover Salmon, is a true renaissance man on musical instruments. Playing mandolin, guitar, fiddle, banjo, harmonica, flute and electric guitar, he’s a string man to be reckoned with. Fresh off a Leftover Salmon reunion gig with Moe, Drew is making a stop in Nashville with band members Tyler Grant (guitar), Steve Sandifer (drums), and Ben Bernstein (bass). Don’t miss this opportunity to see the Drew Emmitt Band showcase the strength of Drew’s bluegrass musicianship and the power, spontaneity, and celebratory elements of the Salmon concerts!
Reader Returns to the US
August 06, 2007
"Reader has one of those Midas touch voices that
transmutes into gold almost every note it touches
...hear her and rejoice." - ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
After several years, Eddi Reader returns to the US this August. Reader and her band: Boo Hewerdine (guitar), John McCusker (fiddle and whistles) and Alan Kelly (accordion) will be making four special stops in New York City, Chicago, Boston, and Milwaukee.
Sample tracks from Peactimehere