An ambitious, sparkling new 14-song CD from Boston’s Abbi White, tracked in Nashville with a stellar cast of acoustic A-teamers, including Aubrey Haynie, Jeff Taylor, Matt Combs, John Gardner, Byron House, Robert Bowlin and yours truly. We recorded basic tracks at CTM in Nashville this summer, then did final vocals, additional guitar overdubs, editing and mixing here at Mill Pond Music.
A few sound clips included below reveal Abbi (who is just 18) to be a wonderful singer whose songs capture feelings and experiences of young love with a mature, poignant perspective. Listen!
A couple of years ago I was performing with clawhammer banjoist Ken Perlman at the fabulous New World Festival in Randolph VT, and had the great fortune to wind up in a jam session with the members of Cantrip. They are a superb Scottish/American trio who play traditional Celtic instrumental music with a distinctly contemporary energy and drive, on fiddle, pipes, guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, whistles and flute. Plus, they offer some fine song arrangements. Listen below to a few of a CD’s worth of tracks they recorded in just two very productive days in Mill Pond Music’s soon-to-be-legendary Live Room.
-Local duo Captain Bob Griffin and Linda Wade, guitar, vocals and concertina, finishing up a charming collection of ‘Old Chestnuts’. Great songs from the 20s and 30s, augmented with some New England folk music favorites feature their warm vocal blend and Bob’s chiming 12-string guitar interwoven with Linda’s delicate and inventive concertina.
-Emery Hutchins has been working on a project featuring the music of Two Old Friends (full disclosure: the other ‘friend’ is your truly). I’m absolutely delighted with the sound I got on Hutch’s antique concertinas, and the new Peluso P-28 mic (which I’ve been using with great success on fiddle) shone on his clawhammer banjo. This new Peluso mic also brought the best out of my 1936 Larson Bros. Euphonon mandola, which always sounded a bit dry and overly percussive on standard small-diaphragm mics.
-Owen Marshall, in my estimation one of the finest Irish-style guitarists anywhere, has been laying down some beautiful tracks for an eventual solo project. He’s playing DADGAD guitar, tenor guitar, bouzouki, mandolin and banjo creating a dazzling tapestry of string-y Celtic delight. I’ll soon post his perfect tribute to Kevin Burke and Michael O’Domhnaill’s ‘Lucy’s Fling’ set from the iconic (there’s that word again) Portland album.
Renowned Boston-based Sligo fiddler plays one of his recent compositions accompanied by the stellar Helen Kisiel on piano. Some of Brendan’s compositions have become standard repertoire in traditional Irish music, notably Tonra’s Jig (aka Tone Rows). An honor to have these two cornerstones of Boston’s Irish music scene recording at Mill Pond Music!