Home Again We'll Ride
- - ABOUT THE TRIO - - Dave Fisher possesses lot of the trademarks of the old fashioned kind of folk singer. Never had a "voice lesson", or much of anything in the way of guitar training at any formal music school. Got his start by learning how to play guitar from a veteran folk singer who kindly showed him what he knew, including such songs as Rye Whiskey. Sang around campfires out among the Rocky Mountains and yes, sometimes traveled around carrying a guitar with just the clothes on his back and little else. Naturally. His lifelong love of music and his dedication to the art and craft of music-making inevitably brought him to share his music through playing with and performing for others. In 2001 Dave found harmonica and tin whistle player Lloyd Allen could provide melody leads, fills and accompaniment to his songs. Lloyd found the guitar accompanist he needed for his Celtic whistle tunes. Multi instrumentalist Anita Niederer joined The Celtic Cowboys later on the upright bass. This group, either as a trio or duo combination, has given several hundred performances. Dave has given well over a thousand solo performances in addition to that. This CD album is comprised mostly of material that has proven popular with their audiences, people of all ages and walks of life, and has been produced partly in response to listeners requests for one. For more about the trio and the musicians, please visit our web site. - - ABOUT THE MUSIC - - [ CD program time 50:31 ] The fastest way to find out if you'll like this CD is to listen to the audio clips, rather than to read about it. Or, better still, read while you listen. 77 per cent of the music time is songs, 23 per cent is tin whistle instrumentals. Although a couple of pieces employ finger picking guitar, like The Foggy Dew, the rest use flat-picked bass-strum and bass runs for strong rhythms as well as the chord harmonies. Dave very often flat-picks the melodies, too, without missing his bass rhythm notes. He gets lots of compliments from delighted first-time listeners who were only expecting "some guy who just strums". - - A SONG BROWSERS GUIDE - - To get a quick idea of what our style is like, Whiskey in the Jar or Shady Grove might be the best choices to hear first . Consider Where Corn Don't Grow also as it features perhaps the best harmonica sample, not to mention the strong vocals. For tunes, any of these will do: Judy's Reel / Miss Monaghan, Arkansas Traveller / College Hornpipe, or Harvest Home / Boys of Blue Hill, all pleasant melodies with great string harmony and rhythm. One reviewer, a friend who has been known to voice criticism, remarked after hearing the first ten selections that he noticed "no drop-off yet" in the quality of listening experience. With that happy reassurance in mind, and to aid your song picking, here are brief descriptions of each of . . . - - The FIRST TEN SELECTIONS - - The FOGGY DEW - No clip of this is provided, so go to the one minute reprise which is the programs close. This reprise has a fade-in at the beginning and a fade-out at the end so as to suggest a passing parade for this slow patriotic Irish march, based on an old air, played on the whistle. WHISKEY IN THE JAR - Popular in America and other places far beyond the Emerald Isle. The recording engineer's favourite because it contains the trio's fullest participation of vocals. Lively pub feel. One of our standards. STREETS OF LAREDO - As real an American cowboy song as there is. But, alas, it started out "Celtic" as The Bard of Armagh (Ireland) and before that, The Unfortunate Rake (Edinborough) ca. 1700's. Anita's harmony vocals steal the show on this sad lament. WHERE CORN DON'T GROW - Neither Celtic nor cowboy, Dave gives this country music composition the feel of a folk song. Some think this might be the best song on the album. The harmonica player is very grateful to Dave for composing the melody lines in his arrangement. Give it a listen. ARKANSAS TRAVELLER / COLLEGE HORNPIPE - Instrumental. American reel / English hornpipe. Because the melodies are as agreeable as they are familiar, they are sure crowd pleasers wherever we go. Celtic music for non-Celtic audiences. SHADY GROVE - Old time mountain music probably rooted in the Celtic Scotch-Irish traditions. Although the tin whistle was almost never used in this genre it works well in this Dorian minor melody, one of our favourites. PONCHO and LEFTY - This master work of Townes Van Zandt is rendered with the sort of simple instruments, six string guitar and harmonica, that you'd expect to find carried by a couple of mysterious hombres out in the deserts of the border country. HARVEST HOME / BOYS OF BLUE HILL - Instrumental. Although I've heard it said that most hornpipes originated from the north of England, the BoBH is often recognized as Scottish. Both of these are common Irish session tunes. WHISKEY BEFORE BREAKFAST - Instrumental. American fiddle tune. Time tested popularity as an opening number for The Celtic Cowboys. GYPSY DAVE - aka Gypsy Laddie, ca. 1730. Lots of bells and whistles on this version. Tamborine, high and low whistles, harmonica and two guitar tracks give this song a lot of drive, and something like the clatter of a band of gypsies. - L. Allen 2007 " We'll ride home together . . . Home again we'll ride " - Gypsy Dave ____ WHAT'S COMING - - Latest album news, feedback summaries. Digital Download availability. No schedule for this, yet, but we'll be working on it. SO . . . STAY TUNED.