Tin Kettle | As Useful as a Small Pot

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As Useful as a Small Pot

by Tin Kettle

Traditional Irish tunes and compelling songs presented with equal reverence for the traditional and the newly minted, and just a touch of American southern mountain flavor.
Genre: Folk: Irish Traditional
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1. Polkas: Glinn Cottage / Johnny I Do Miss You / Martin O'Connor's
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2:41 album only
2. Galloways (Jez Lowe)
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3:43 album only
3. How Will I Ever Be Simple Again (Richard Thompson)
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3:51 album only
4. Jigs / Reel: The Burnt Old Man / The Hills of Glenurchie / Rolli
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2:33 album only
5. Jock O'Hazeldean
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6. Air: The Maid of Glenconnel
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2:57 album only
7. The Road to Athea
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8. Air / March: St. Patrick's Lamentation / The Foggy Dew
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9. The Greengrocer's Daughter (Kevin Doherty)
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10. Hornpipes: Stack of Barley / The Cuckoo
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11. Blind Sheehan
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12. Gartan Mother's Lullaby
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13. Irish Barn Dance / American Reel: The Killavil Postman / The Ric
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14. Reconciliation (Ron Kavana)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
When Tin Kettle was formed in the summer of 2006 we thought we'd be playing more or less straightforward Irish traditional music, given Matthew's deep background and long immersion in that style. But other influences, like our interest in folk-based contemporary songwriters, and John and Sharon's experience with American southern mountain music, kept affecting our repertoire and arrangements. So like water finding its own course we float in the deep stream of the old Irish music while also branching out into the tributaries of...of...well, you get the picture.

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Tin Kettle is a Pennsylvania-based trio specializing in the dance music and songs of Ireland, played on concertina, fiddle, tenor banjo, tin whistle, guitar, five-string banjo, and mandolin. All three members are veterans of the Pennsylvania folk scene. The group features the vocals of Matthew Ward, a regular performer for Philadelphia Ceili Group activities. Matthew's extensive store of material includes songs by some of Ireland's finest contemporary songwriters as well as songs from the deep tradition. John Winship and Sharon Sacks, aside from their Irish playing, have long experience with American Appalachian music: Sharon currently plays banjo with Ladies in the Parlor, and John played for many years in the West Orrtanna String Band and the Orrtanna Mountain Steamers. You can hear this southern mountain influence in some of Tin Kettle's arrangements.


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Brian

Tin Kettle; As Useful as a Small Pot
I really enjoyed this CD.