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The Star Above the Garter

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  • Audio CD (20 Nov. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Claddagh
  • ASIN: B000055XBE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 279,493 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

Fiddle music from Co. Kerry performed by Denis Murphy and Julia Clifford. Now re-issued on CD, this album of jigs, reels, polkas and hornpipes has been a huge bestseller.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gille Liath on 17 Feb. 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is without question one of the classic albums of Irish music, made at a time when recording had reached a reasonable standard yet the tradition had yet to be recast in the pop-derived form it has today. A follow up to Kerry Fiddles, for sound quality it is streets ahead; and personally I think two fiddles are better then three (Padraig O'Keefe had passed on by this point). It captures all the fire, joy and loneliness of the old unadulterated rural music, and was probably responsible for the much wider currency of polkas and slides there is these days.

But what's that cover all about? It looks more like a tapas bar in downtown Madrid than a Kerry pub. Very strange.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The Heart of Sliabh Luachra 19 May 2006
By Matthew H. Mcconeghy - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Denis Murphy (b 1910) and his sister Julia Clifford (b 1914)were born to a Co. Kerry family of "music morning, noon and night." Their teacher was the legendary Padraig O'Keefe. Julia emigrated to Britain and played fiddle all her life, winning the All Ireland title and playing in numerous combinations and venues to an advanced age. Denis emigrated to America and played with a long list of musical heroes, James Morrison, Andy McGann, etc. This seminal 1960s recording includes just their two fiddles, no accompaniment (nor needs any!) This is brilliant and pure Irish fiddling - fine reels, emotive slow airs, and polkas, including the now ubiquitous Ballysdesmonds 1,2,3. There is delicate ornamentation and technically fine playing, but this is not about showing off, this is about how tunes sound when they are played with love, respect, memory and sense of place. This recording is a cornerstone of any Irish music collection.
Absolutely wonderful. Good music well played. 22 Jan. 2010
By Listo - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This album is an inspiration. I'm an amateur fiddler, been playing for less than a year, and this album (and music from Sliabh Luachra more generally) keeps me motivated. Wonderfully dancable fiddle duets and a few moving solo airs. Today's traditional Irish music scene can sometimes get on my nerves as over produced and out-of-touch with tradition. This on the other hand is just an album of straight-ahead, very well played fiddle music. No guitars or basses or dumbeks(which I usually find very distracting if not distasteful in ITM). Just good music, well played.
Absolutely Essential 17 May 2009
By ibot - Published on
Format: Audio CD
If you want to learn Sliabh Luachra this will get you there. If you can't get to Sliabh Luachra this will take you there. Just absorbing the Knocknabower(Knocknaboul) polkas in their purest form is enough to believe. You MUST have this recording if you love the polka - slide - hornpipe connection. Only Padraig O'Keefe could provide a better lesson...
County Kerry Style 6 Jun. 2013
By KatieDid - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I heard a fiddler in concert from County Kerry, named Paddy Jones, play recently and asked him to recommend a source to learn to play like him. He recommended Star Above the Garter. I've been learning tunes off of this CD that I can play by ear and enjoy playing along with this CD.
Wonderful 10 Sept. 2005
By W. Huber - Published on
Format: Audio CD
My favorite Irish fiddling CD. Dennis Murphy and Julia Clifford perform traditional fiddle music from County Kerry (Don't panic - that other "Kerry" wasn't really from there). This was recorded in the 60s and retains the purity of that past era. You will not be disappointed!
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