Veronica McNamara has been playing Irish fiddle since age 10, and was a pupil of Professor James Morrison for several years. Absolutely no-one can dispute the impact that James Morrison had on traditional Irish music, and for one young girl from Jersey City, NJ, that impression would be the beginning of a passion that would last throughout her life.
Born to Irish parents, her father from Co. Leitrim and her mother from Co. Sligo, it’s no wonder that Veronica has been so deeply involved with the Irish culture.
“Petticoat Loose” was recorded live at the Irish American Assoc. of NW Jersey in Rockaway Township, NJ. Veronica was asked to lead this special session in honor of her teacher, Professor Morrison.
Her love of traditional Irish music shines throughout this CD as she leads all the musicians, including special guests Willie Kelly and Mike Rafferty, through some great, rousing tunes. This live recording of a traditional Irish session will make you want to get on your feet and dance a step or two!
At this same session Professor Morrison's manuscripts, in his own hand, were on display. These are now published by Veronica in a lovely spiral bound book and available through http://www.hearts-content.net/JamesMorrisonBook.html - Just click on the James Morrison book link at the bottom of this page.
Review Tony Demarco: 12/4/07
A student of James Morrison (Sligo fiddle great), Veronica is a keeper of the flame for the Sligo style fiddle music that has thrived in the NYC area for more than 80 years. She plays, and has preserved on this recording, beautiful versions of these tunes. Joined by Mike Rafferty and Willie Kelly, she represents Irish music from both sides of the Atlantic. Along with the group performances there are many fine solo’s featuring her fiddling.
She is a treasure to anyone who loves fiddle music. This is a rare find for recordings coming out this day and age!
Tony DeMarco, SoundPost Productions
Review Dan Collins 12/12/07
A well recorded, organized session in tribute to James Morrison, noted fiddler and teacher. Hosted by his pupil Veronica McNamara. Eighteen tracks of fine well played music by Veronica, session musicians, and several soloists.
A fine listen.---Daniel Michael Collins
Review David Levine
The new CD featuring Veronica McNamara is lovely. Live session music, played at an accessible tempo and with an obvious sense of pleasure taken in the music and the friends. Music as it ought to be, without dubbing or special effects or frenzied high energy guitars driving the tunes aggressively.
Highly recommended: Veronica McNamara, "Petticoat Loose," with herself, The Great Rafferty, Willie Kelly, Iris Nevins, Lesl Harker, Tom Glynn, John & Brian Killackey, Eileen McIntyre, Mike Berry, Noirin Leslie and other indigenous session players.
Wish I'd been there. ---David Levine