Portland mandolinists and Lewis and Clark adjunct music professors Jack Dwyer and Tim Connell come together to produce a show of lively acoustic groove music drawn from global folk traditions. Their two mandolins become one as they create a stunning soundscape of harmony and counterpoint. Their new album is an ode to acoustic folk music, rhythm, and the mandolin. Intimate, raw and energetic, the songs on this release simultaneously honor and push the boundaries of traditional music. Beneath it all though, is a steady unshakable groove that will have you stomping your feet all the way home.
Praise for Jack and TIm:
The mandolin has seen a burst of creativity and wonderful new ideas these past 5 - 10 years. It's like our little instrument is having it's own (not so quiet) Renaissance while the world spins out of control towards the next "app" and folks rush about trying to find solace. Let this quiet meek instrument show us a way, right?
Tim and Jack have gathered their handsome talents, creative energy and wide musical tastes and honed all of that into a collection of clear and concise gems in these mando duets. Whether they are playing an Irish Jig, a Brazilian Choro or improvising freely on one of their original tunes, the music always has focus and authenticity, never pushing their instruments too far or trying to be bigger than life. Just letting the instruments speak for themselves through these fine musicians. Groove meets, melody, harmony and energy. What else is music?
Thank you gentlemen for such a sweet addition to our (not so little) mandolin world.
- Mike Marshall
Jack Dwyer and Tim Connell have accomplished something special with this mandolin duo recording. They’ve made a studio recording that sounds like a live performance, where every tune is delivered with spontaneity, drive, passion, and obvious joy. Dwyer and Connell effortlessly trade the lead back and forth between their mandolins as if they are finishing each other’s thoughts, in much the same way as the great Louvin Brothers did with their singing. The mix of tunes, including Celtic, African, Jewish, Brazilian, and even an original song by Dwyer, are a reflection of the varied backgrounds and interests of these two up-and-coming mandolinists, but above all, this recording is a love letter to the acoustic music traditions of the world. You can’t ask for a better album than this.
- Hermon Joyner, Mandolin Magazine
"... Tim and Jack have put together an extraordinary collection of
music with everything a listener can ask for: a wide variety of
musical genres that blend together seamlessly, clever arrangements,
spectacular playing and tone and taste in spades. This is how
mandolins should be played!"
- Scott Tichenor, Mandolin Cafe