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Emma Sweeney Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (21 Jan 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sweeney Records
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 166,093 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. The Star of Munster 4:120.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Golden Fiddle 3:370.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Flying Statue 3:560.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Mountain Top 3:120.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Endless Thoughts 3:460.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. A Place to Be 4:250.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Rose in the Heather 3:580.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Wheels of the World 3:000.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Reed That Bends With the Storm 4:360.89  Buy MP3 
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Listen12. Pangea 8:050.89  Buy MP3 

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Rising talent Emma Sweeney has marked an outstanding year with the release of her debut album, Pangea. Emma s trad Irish background is the cornerstone of this exciting debut, but the Manchester-based fiddler integrates a select fusion of world influences that accentuate her truly unique style and approach. Pangea brings together a diverse mixture of trad jigs and reels, fluidly blended with Emma s own compositions. It also features a bluegrass waltz, an Indian-influenced piece and an original take on Nick Drake s A Place to Be. The album features a spectacular cast of contributors, including Matheu Watson, Duncan Lyall, Mike McGoldrick, Matt Griffin, Manus Lunny, John Doyle, Donald Shaw, Ian Fletcher, Johnny Hulme and John Joe Kelly. Emma was introduced to Irish music aged seven, taking tin whistle classes under Sligo s Marian Eagan. At ten years of age she progressed onto the fiddle, taught by Colin Farrell and later, Andy Dinan. Her potential flourished further under the mentorship of Mike McGoldrick, who encouraged and tutored her in whistle and fiddle. Although Emma s career is young, she has amassed an abundance of live experience performing alongside a whole raft of revered traditional musicians, including Dick Gaughan, Cara Dillon, Sam Lakeman, Ed Boyd, Luke Daniels, Donald Shaw, Eamon McElholm, Ian Fletcher, Mike McGoldrick, Dezi Donnelly, Andy Dinan, Tony Byrne, Matt Griffin, Mick O brien, Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn, Donal Lunny, Martin O Connor and John Joe Kelly. A finalist at the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in 2003, Emma s devotion to music has taken her across Europe and beyond. At the age of eighteen, she travelled to Kolkata, India, where she founded a project teaching the tin whistle to 300 street children and orphans from the city s slums. Her debut EP, The Other Crossing, released in late 2010, received excellent reviews and airplay, including Mike Harding on BBC Radio 2. This led to her coming second runner up in the 2010 Tradition Award, run by FATEA magazine.


Emma is one of our finest young fiddlers and her self-released five track EP of tunes is a real gem --Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2

Emma Sweeney proves herself to be a highly capable composer, and an excellent fiddle player with the confidence to bring her own personality to the traditional tunes --Mary Stokes, Bright Young Folk

An impressive debut from an impressive performer --Pete Fyfe,

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5.0 out of 5 stars A very impressive album 21 Jan 2013
Format:Audio CD
I suppose many will dismiss this as just "another folk album with lots of fiddle" Well think again, because this is actually a superb display of confidence and mastery of her chosen instrument by Ms Sweeney which, if it was performed by a blues guitarist would have accolades galore. The majority of tracks could be described as "traditional celtic" but the flourishes and verve that she brings to her playing make the music rise out of the ordinary. The country tinged "The Golden Fiddle" is the only track that doesn't quite work for me but this more than made up for with uptempo tracks such as "The mountain top" and a beautifully sung ballad "A place to be". The closing and title track is a stunning extended number which starts off as a traditional lament which appears to end in an uplifting jig but before you know it a sneaky piece of far eastern tinged playing brings matters to a close. A big hand should also be extended to Matheu Watson who provides some excellent guitar accompaniment and all in all this album provides further proof for me that whilst maintaining all that is good about such traditional folk music brilliant young talents such as these are pushing boundaries that most modern pop and rock acts can only dream about. If you like folk you will love this. If you THINK you don't like folk, listen to this and prepare to change your mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant album 6 Feb 2014
By Chris
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Great traditional fiddle playing by a maestro , some great tunes with excellent support from the star flute player, Mike McGoldrick. An album to cherish.
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