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Brittany Haas

by Brittany Haas

Solo album of alternative bluegrass band Crooked Still's 5-string fiddler. Featuring traditional American old-time music, with such guests as Darol Anger, Bruce Molsky, Alison Brown, Mike Marshall, etc.
Genre: Folk: Appalachian Folk
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1. Duck River
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2. Dry and Dusty
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3. Streak O'Lean, Streak O'Fat
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4. Three Forks of Cheat
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5. Sail Away Ladies
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6. Bonaparte's Retreat/Yell in the Shoats
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7. June Apple
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8. Fisher's Hornpipe
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9. Candy Girl
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10. Mississippi Breakdown
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11. Black Jack Grove
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12. Ora Lee
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13. John Brown's Dream
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14. The Blackest Crow
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15. Smith's Reel
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Album Notes
"Brittany Haas' informed fiddle playing, rhythmic integrity and adventurous spirit makes these old-time tunes shine brilliantly with renewed freshness and vigour. A joy to listen to...” -- Alasdair Fraser

"Brittany Haas plays fiddle music so well that I begin to hear a spiritual quality in the music which may have been always there but perhaps veiled. Britt opens the window, gets out of the way, and the music floods through in a tide of joy." -- Darol Anger

"Brittany is soooo good. Actually good is too weak of a word, she is simply amazing. The thing that I really dig about what she does is, she gets such a meaty gritty tone out of what she is doing. So much of the stuff you hear, especially now, the trend is to play lightly and squarely, almost kind of new-agey, which is cool unto itself..... It's just that I prefer the "greasy" rhythms in fiddling. If you look at what's popular now in acoustic type stuff, the trend is to let the band play rhythm and the soloist floats along on the top, but Brittany gets in there and pushes the whole deal around with her power. It's MUCH cooler. I've always admired musicians that can shove the whole audience around with their timing. A good bass player, or fiddler, or what have you, can do that. Darol [Anger] can do that. Brittany can do that also. She can shove the whole room around with her fiddle." -- Danny Barnes

"Brittany Haas' lush, rhythmic attack on the old-time fiddle is making big waves on the acoustic music scene and it's easy to see why. Each tune on her solo CD is a joyful surprise – you just never expect someone so graciously good-natured and young to play with the depth and grit of the old-timers. But she does, and nails it every time, with a bow that would have made Tommy Jarrell smile. Brittany's intensity, commitment and sheer talent allow her to carry forward the very best parts of traditional fiddling while clearly holding deep respect for its past. A very difficult thing to do in a musical world that often forgets its roots.
So here is a real roots musician in the most modern sense – Brittany Haas fiddles from a very deep and personal place, the way she feels it, the way she wants to hear it, with seemingly infinite facility, and a spirit that's simply uplifting." -- Bruce Molsky

"After listening to Brittany Haas's first CD, it becomes obvious that a major fiddling talent has emerged. I figured that she was becoming an important young fiddler for several years now while hearing her at the various jam sessions around my fiddle camps, but there is nothing quite like the ability to round up all of that talent and focus it in to a great first recording. It is obvious that she brings a maturity to her playing that seems so far beyond her 17 years. So it must be an old soul of an Appalachian that rings in her heart these days, and all of us are the lucky ones that get to hear her explore the "old" in a new way.
I first heard Brittany when she and her older cellist sister Natalie (who performs in concert with my Appalachia Waltz Trio) played at a reception for Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer and myself after one of our concerts. When I discovered that an 11 year old Brittany transcribed music from Appalachia Waltz performing it for us that night, it was a real attention getter for me! I immediately made acquaintances and invited them to my string camps. And the rest is the very beginning of some important fiddle history! Congratulations Brittany to a fabulous start in what is going to be an important career in our world of fiddling!" -- Mark O'Connor

"Brittany Haas is doing something on the fiddle that I have heard very few people do. I get a similar feeling when listening to Brittany as when I hear Natalie MacMaster playing solo. I see a Great Scale; on one side is the horrible destruction and suffering that humans cause in the world, and on the other side, a young girl, fiddling. The fiddler somehow tips the scale in favor of humanity." -- Darol Anger

"Brittany is absolutely a stand out fiddler! I remember meeting her for the first time at the Mark O'Connor Fiddle Camp and watching her play along with many other fiddlers...I thought to myself, 'WOW!! This girl is really feeling the music.'
It is amazing to me how deeply she plays, especially at such a young age. She has all the passion and ability of a fiddler with decades of experience. She is a joy to listen to and her lilting style just makes you feel happy." -- Natalie MacMaster

"There's no one I'd rather listen to play the violin than Brittany Haas – her playing just slays me. Check it out – you will thank me later!" -- Matt Glaser, Berklee College of Music, String Department Chair

"To hear Brittany play this old style is to be taken back in time to the original feeling of this music. A selfless, ego-less sound is born when she rocks these tunes that is oh so rare in just about any style of music. It makes me love this simple beautiful music again. There is a depth of feeling that surpasses her 17 years as she taps into a much older feeling to this music. I just hear the music – the honest, fluid, groovin' sweet tunes with incredible pitch and tone and rockin' rhythm. Thanks Britt." -- Mike Marshall



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