Folk Music from America and the Celtic Isles
We consider the man who can fiddle all through one of those Virginia reels without losing his grip, may be depended upon in any kind of emergency. —Mark Twain
I STARTED LEARNING VIOLIN at the age of nine, courtesy of the free lessons offered at my elementary school in Compton, back in the days when there was funding for music education in California. I was taught classical technique and played in orchestras throughout my school years and as a music major for two years at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles.
In 1986 I began playing folk music, including Irish, Scottish, New England, and Old-Time tunes for contra dancing. For nine years I played with Lime in the Harp, for dances, concerts and weddings in San Diego. I also played the music of old California at many historic sites with Los Californios. In April 1999 I moved from San Diego to Mendocino where I’ve been playing for weddings and other events with Chet Boddy in Calliope Creek.
ANOTHER JIG WILL DO is our tasty collection of sweet and lively jigs and reels alternating with sedate and lovely slow airs and waltzes.
Order a copy at CDbaby or download single tracks at iTunes. You can hear track samples at both places. Enjoy! It's also available in the village of Mendocino at Gallery Bookshop on Main Street, at Icons gift shop in Mendocino, and at the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse in Caspar.
1 Welcome Here Again/Newcastle/Farewell to Whiskey II (reels)
2 Bobby Casey’s Hornpipe (slow air)
3 Haste to the Wedding/Kesh Jig/Morrison’s Jig
4 Chief O’Neill’s Favorite/King of the Fairies (hornpipes)
5 Margaret’s Waltz 2:34
6 Molly in the Big Bed (Janet Ashford)/Get Up Old Woman and Shake Yourself/Low Tide in the Morning (Janet Ashford) (jigs)
7 Amelia’s Waltz 3:13
8 Cripple Creek/Cotton-eyed Joe (Old-time reels with banjo)
9 A Fig for a Kiss/Another Jig Will Do/The Butterfly (slip jigs)
10 Cunningham’s Lament (Janet Ashford)
11 Nancy/Jimmy Allen/Johnny’s Gone to France (reels)
12 Si Bheag, Si Mhor (air by Turlough O’Carolan)
13 Ballydesmonds One & Two (Kerry polkas)
14 Hundred Pipers/Off She Goes/Lanigan’s Ball (jigs)
15 Morning Sky Waltz (Janet Ashford)
16 Oh Susanna/The Girl I Left Behind Me (American reels with banjo)
17 Blind Mary (air by Turlough O’Carolan, 18th century Irish harpist)