Ellery Klein | Salt & Pepper

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Salt & Pepper

by Ellery Klein

"a stunning debut from this gifted musician....a broad-based, contemporary feel that is still deeply, deeply traditional." -IRISH AMERICAN NEWS
Genre: World: Celtic
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1. Marie's Cabin/Rachel on Her Feet - mazurkas
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2. The Bouncing Trailer/Inver Bank/John Brady's - jigs
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3. The Graf Spey - reel
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4. The Long German/Belle of the Ball - barndances
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5. Unexpected Jubilation/The Picnic Reel/Jennie Nettle - air/reel/S
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6. Bernie Cunnion's/The Wedding Jig/Strike the Gay Harp - jigs
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7. The Chancellor/The Peacock's Feather - hornpipes
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8. Rowing From Isla to Uist - air
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9. The Happy Reel/MacDarra O Raghallaigh's/Farewell to Ireland - re
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10. The Sunshine Reel/Man of Aran/Jimmy's Return - reels
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11. Old Time Wedding Reel #1/The Preserving Reel/An Droichaid Chliut
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12. Under Osaka - pure madness!!!
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**This cd is now also available on digital download sites such as iTunes! Search under Ellery Klein to find the cd!**

"Stay in front of the power curve by getting hip to Ellery Klein. This New York-based fiddle star is one of the newest and brightest stars in the firmament...Salt and Pepper is a stunning debut."

"...simply arranged, warm and tuneful collection of fiddle tunes, featuring a mix of seldom-heard reels, jigs, hornpipes and slow airs from Ireland and Scotland and a few originals. The emphasis seems to be on melody rather than flash, and the result is another very pleasant fiddle disc."

"Ellery is an excellent fiddler. Her style is very optimistic, full of sensitivity and hardly simple. She walks well the balance...between classical and traditional folk fiddling; likewise Salt & Pepper treads between 'traditional' and 'progressive...'"

Ellery Klein's fiddling encompasses both old-style traditional Irish playing and high-energy music flavored with an American sound. She always aims to share her love of music with audiences, who enjoy her great energy and skillful, energetic yet delicate playing.

From 2003 to 2007, Ellery toured nationwide full-time with Gaelic Storm, whose albums have consistently reached #2 on Billboard world music charts. She is featured on the Gaelic Storm recordings, "How Are We Getting Home?" and "Bring Yer Wellies;" as well as their live DVD "Gaelic Storm: Live in Chicago!"

Ellery's first solo project, "Salt & Pepper," was recorded in Ireland in 2001. She was earning an MA in Traditional Irish Music Performance at the University of Limerick, Ireland that year. In the middle of a fantastic year filled with talented musicians, tunes and a little Guinness, she knew she couldn't leave Ireland without recording a CD. The album features a mix of Irish, Scottish and Cape Breton tunes, as well as several of Ellery's compositions.

Ellery toured the U.S. with fellow Limerick graduates, Irish banjo player Olive Brennan and Scottish pianist James Ross, in 2001 and 2002. Their fresh, innovative approach to traditional music was very well received. Ellery has appeared several times in singer Cathie Ryan's band. Her fiddling can be heard on the soundtrack of the documentary "The Golden Age of NASCAR." Previously, she lived in Vermont, where she was a founding member of Celtic Rock bands Whisky Before Breakfast and jighead.

Salt & Pepper Guest Musicians:
Olive Brennan, Ireland: banjo
Tommy Carew, Ireland: guitar
Ian Carr, England: guitar
Sandra Joyce, Ireland: bodhran
Eileen Mize, USA: step dancing
Brian Morrissey, Ireland: percussion
Eoin O'Neill, Ireland: bouzouki
Micheal O Suilleabhain, Ireland: piano
Katie Pritt, USA: cello
Nicole Rabata, USA: flute
James Ross, Scotland: piano
Rob Stein, USA: guitar

"The afternoon's top draw [Cincinnati Celtic Festival] was the tunes...A treat was Ellery Klein & Thri Nua. Led by Ms. Klein, the trio shifted between their new... compositions and versions of traditional reels fueled by Olive Brennan's banjo..it all fit."


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Bo Ellison

Great to listen to.
This is one I am glad I ordered. She is one great fiddler.

Rod Morrison

If you like Celtic music, you'll really enjoy Salt & Pepper!
If you like Celtic music, you will really enjoy Salt & Pepper! The music is traditonal Celtic jigs, reels,hornpipes, and airs. It gives me an appreciation for the influence Irish/Scottic folk music has had on Bluegrass music. You ROCK Ellery! (can I say that?)

kerry dexter

warm and lovely melodies
bought this CD after being impressed with seeing Ellery play live at the Boston Celtic Music Fest in January. lively and lovely melodies, both traditional and original. more to enjoy with each listening.

Mike C.

Melodic and worth it.
This CD is simply a good listen. The melodies are why you should get it. P.S. Ellery, I threw the Garda pin at the house of blues Chicago. Fantastic musicianship.


Very talented fiddler!
The selections are varied; the arrangements seem to flow well together. The CD shows that Ellery is very accomplished in her Traditional Irish fiddling. The accompanying musicians complimented her musical selections.

Tom Powers

Great Music! One of my favourites!
I bought this based on seeing Ellery in Gaelic Storm several times. I was not disappointed. This is great music! I highly recomend this.


Ellery Klein is a very talented fiddler!
Ellery Klein is a very talented fiddler! I recommend her CD to anyone looking for good fiddle music. After seeing her perform live I had to get her cd.


The cd is very good and Ellery is great in Gaelic Storm.


Excellent CD
I ordered the CD of Ellery Kliens Salt&Pepper after seeing her play with the band Gaelic Storm in Tullahoma,Tennessee and was very impressed with her fiddle playing.The CD does not disappoint. I would highly recommend it.


Great fun
You need not know much about Irish music to be impressed with Ellery's talent. The songs on this CD keep flowing on and on like an endless stream of lyrical jigs, reels, airs and more just stuffed with talent. With the extra musicians thrown in, you have a wonderful CD full of surprises.(buy it, buy it, buy it, buy it, buy it.......)
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