Tuesday, 1 May 2007

Baldassari meets O'Carolan

One of the best modern American bluegrass mandolinists interprets one of the most distinguished composers in the history of Irish music - Butch Baldassari has released a new CD, Music of O'Carolan, Ireland's bard. The harpist Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738) was a prolific composer whose work, drawing on the aristocratic harp tradition on one hand, and influenced by contemporary Continental art music on the other, enriched Irish traditional music.

Baldassari presents twenty tunes, with himself on mandolin, mandola, and bouzouki, and John Mock on guitars, whistles, concertina, and harmonium. The CD can be bought for $15.00 at the SoundArt Recordings website.