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NORMAN & NANCY BLAKE 'Rising Fawn Gathering'

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In their long recording careers Norman & Nancy Blake have included a few Celtic tunes on some of their albums, so it is not a surprise to see this new offering that is primarily made up of such pieces (a few of which are quite reminiscent of rural "American" fiddle tunes). They are joined by their old friend, fiddler James Bryan and his daughter Rachel, plus the The Boys of The Lough (a 5 member band which was quite popular a few years ago at the height of the interest in Scottish & Irish music.) They all work well together, in a warm & relaxed setting that makes for some very nice music (most of it is instrumental, though Norman sings BONNY BUNCH OF ROSES, WHILE THE BAND IS PLAYING DIXIE and the wonderful southern classic SWEET SUNNY SOUTH.). Typical pieces are the lovely CASTLEBERRY'S MARCH and O'CONNELL'S TRIP TO PARLIAMENT, which feature fiddles, mandolin, cello and guitars. A few tunes include Cathal McConnell on flute.