Lots happening this past summer into fall: new CDs by John Carew, Skip Gorman, Annie Eastman Young, Gus LaCasse, song demos by Abbi White, Greg Lull, Brandon Harris, Brin Banta, about to start on a new CD for Portland Irish flutist Nicole Rabata‘s trio, a recent production trip to Nashville, and more- I’ll try to post some music and photos soon.
Nashville’s Studio 19, one of my favorite places to record, has new digs in that was formerly The Sound Kitchen. Great sound diffusion, mammoth Neve console, and of course Kyle Hershman, engineer extraordinaire. Made some wonderful music there recently.
Something about the unselfconsciousness of making music purely for dancing has brought out the best in this group of stellar Portland ME based traditional musicians: Alden Robinson, Owen Marshall and Glen Loper, joined by the Contradance world’s leading percussionist Mark ‘Pokey’ Hellenberg. Contra dance aficionados will instantly recognize that this collection represents the apex of the genre’s musicianship. Those who have never even heard of Contra dance will appreciate the vitality of this ear-catching, toe-tapping blend of Celtic/Canadian/Old-Timey American styles. Give ‘em a listen!
Eric‘s brought several projects to the studio in the last few months. This latest, with stellar West Coast Scottish/Cape Breton-style fiddler Ryan McKasson is just sweet. Listen!
It’s here! Jordan’s new trio CD release party packed the legendary Stone Church in Newmarket NH. I got there for the last few songs after a grueling run of St. Pat’s gigs and was knocked out by their larger-than-life sound. I immediately started to wonder-did the CD manage to capture that energy in the recording process? A quick reference to a sound clip on Jordan’s website reassured me that it’s all there (except for their dynamic stage presence).
Full disclosure: Jordan and I are frequent musical partners with our regular Irish Music Night Thursdays at the Stone Church. He keeps me on my toes!
In any case, I was delighted to be entrusted with this exciting project, the mastering of which was also left in my hands. My new audiophile-quality Millennia Tube Stereo mastering EQ and Summit tube mono EQ came through with flying colors, and I’m now much less hesitant to offer mastering services to clients who can’t afford, say, Gateway.