Across the Pond consists of Roger Burridge (fiddle), Kevin Griffin (banjo), Michael Shorrock (bouzouki) and Quentin Cooper (guitar, mandolin and bass), from Doolin, County Clare, Ireland; the heart of Irish traditional music.
This cd is masterfully done by this quartet of brilliant musicians. It is one that you'll listen to time after time; that is the reaction of most people that have one!
Just released January 2002, the last cd was voted #5 for best recorded traditional albums in 2001 by the "Irish Voice;" you'll love this one!
Played regularly on irish radio stations! a dj on clare fm said "this cd will stand the test of time!"
banjo player Kevin Griffin is gaining national acclaim and is being hailed as one of the best players in Ireland now! John Carty loves his playing!!! Kevin lives in Doolin, County Clare and is a full time member of the Irish Coast Guard monitering mainly the Galway Bay area. He can also be caught playing at any of the 3 pubs in Doolin year round.
Roger Burridge has always been well know for his fiddle playing since a very early age. he was a full member of the famous English band "Fairport Convention" at the age of 17 years old!! Roger moved to Doolin, County Clare where he played for years with the likes of Tommy Peoples and many other musicians in the area.
Michael Shorrock played with the legendary Patrick Sky for many years touring America and Europe. On a tour through Ireland with Tom Paxton, Michael's first night (over 20 years ago!) he was brought to the town of Doolin to hear some good traditional music. There he met Roger and Kevin and decided to spend much time there! He has been back and forth the Atlantic over 50 times!
Quentin came on the scene many years later, but his varied talent was immediately recognized in the Doolin area and immediately fit in with the rest of the lads!!!
Across the Pond is planning their Europe tour for the end of winter and their USA tour for spring 2004.