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Geronimo

by Steve Wickham

Traditional Irish Folkmusic and song with a blues twist.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. Lazy Days
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2. Dunfords Fancy / Mouth of the Shannon
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3. Fado
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4. The Hunter
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5. One of these Days
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6. A Snow Year
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7. Midnight Boy
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8. Lament for Pearl
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9. Robin Redbreast / Sligo Lasses
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10. Livestock Polka / Polka Art O Leary
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11. Three Crows
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12. Point to Point / the Eclipse
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Steve Wickham has been recognised as Ireland’s premier rock fiddler since the mid-1980s. His virtuoso playing has graced The Waterboys’ sound for many years, and he features on their classic albums This Is The Sea and Fisherman’s Blues. Steve has also recorded and/or performed with U2, Elvis Costello, Sinead O’Connor, Bob Dylan, Sharon Shannon and many other artists in the worlds of rock and traditional folk music.

Geronimo is Steve’s first solo album, and was recorded in the musical hotspot of Sligo in the Northwest of Ireland, where he now lives. The
album features a mix of original and traditional songs and both traditional and self-composed fiddle tunes.

Many Sligo musicians feature on Geronimo, including bodhran maestro Junior Davey, cellist Anna Heuston, guitarist / flautist Tommy Scanlon, and harper Deirdre Byron Smith. Other guests include Waterboys keyboardist Richard Naiff and Steve’s guitarist brother Henry.

Geronimo, named after his beloved long-serving violin, also marks Steve’s first venture into production. The result is a lush, rich interweaving of rock and folk textures, shot through with the warmth of Steve’s personality and the ever-present beauty of his playing.


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rosie aka rita

SUPERB, UPLIFTING, PASSIONATE
A CD WHICH WILL HOLD YOUR INTEREST FROM START TO FINISH.....I HAVE PLAYED IT NUMEROUS TIMES SINCE PURCHASE AND THE TALENT SHINING THROUGH NEVER CEASES TO AMAZE ME.

Maurice

A little gem of an album
I haven't stopped playing this disc since I got it. Steve has a beautiful, rich, mellow voice and writes lovely vignettes and with his violin takes us on quite a musical journey. It's a joyous listen and a masterlesson all rolled into one!

Simon B

Beautiful music.
A superb album. The only thing wrong with it is that it ends!

peter murphy


Steve Wickham
Geronimo
(Ramblin Records)

01 Sep 2004

Steve Wickham regularly vied with Edge in the Hot Press best instrumentalist polls of the 80s. The man had stamped his mark on Irish music when he was still a pup, spiking ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’ with shards of Raad electric, and later, the climactic loop on Sinead’s ‘I Am Stretched On Your Grave’, but we know him best as the bravura horsehair and locks flying virtuoso of The Waterboys’ trad-rock era. Geronimo, named after his beloved violin, is his first solo album.

The surprise is, he’s got a voice. Wickham had of course done the occasional vocal turn with the Waterboys, but here he’s far more assured, adopting a blue yodel on the opening lackadaisical blues of ‘Lazy Day’. He ain’t no Caruso, but he doesn’t have to be. As a writer, he’s adept at twisting new shapes out of old forms.

So, ‘Midnight Boy’ is the fiddler as nocturnal rambler, walkin’ dude – not the cracked wack job of sociopath balladry, but rather the troubled soul stalking Patsy Cline’s revenant (“I need more love than the town of Dundalk . . . I’ve got twelve o’ clock scribbled on my soul”). On similar terrain, ‘The Hunter’ is a reggaefied cousin of Horslips’ ‘Mad Pat’ by way of Hungarian woodlands, and ‘Three Crows’, pilfered from an old American songbook, binds together sheaves of Waitsian phantasmagoria with Brecht banjo, Irish skipping rhymes and Appalachian field songs. Elsewhere there are tales of innocence regained by way of experience (‘A Snow Year’) that source the music of silence, the sound of one hand clapping and sundry other head-knotting Celtic crypto-riddles.

A glance at the back cover painting by Heidi Wickham will evoke the music more accurately than any assembly of words: ink sky pierced by a green rind of moon, Chagall’s levitating fiddler just out of shot. Steve Wickham considers himself a frustrated guitar player. That’s a scary thought.

Peter Murphy
8/10

Henry Little

Beautiful Noise. . . . .
I didn't know what to expect from this disc, until I found CD Baby and was able to hear song samples. Incredibly this music is more beautiful and soaring than I ever imagined from the exposure I had had to Steve (Mostly from his Waterboys work). The instrumentals are so much more than fiddle music, expanding like vistas of beauty. The vocals and songs are an incredible surprise from the homelife and love satisfaction of Lazy Days to the Celtic Epic journey of The Hunter. Steve is definately a Midnight Boy, holding all the mystery and joyousness of stars that that hour can hold. I would love to hear some more from him.

carina nimmersjö

Wonderful music
Hi, thank´s for your lovely music. It helped me to keepig on wtih the life and let the happines going into the heart. Wonder if my friend, hre in sweden can get some adress where he can send a cd with one of our most greatest artist here in sweden. Please send a message for me: carinanimersjo@yahoo.se/love,carina

fabienne

It is just GREAT
Fantastic cd, great fiddle moments, kind; friendly voice; The best thing is: Lament for Pearl:very Irish , wonderful violin!

ellen nippolt(aka mannering)


Just as clear as light in a Rathmines flat in July.
1985. Ellen

Andrew

Groovy
Enjoyed tremendously. Steve Wickham has managed to create an album of pleasure from well crafted songs to wonderful reels, jigs and polkas that make you want to move your tables and chairs around and start dancing in your living room.

Jonathan W

Wish i'd bought it ages ago!
Really wished I'd got around to ordering this a while ago; excellent soothing yet uplifting & joyous music.
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