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  • Audio CD (1 Mar. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shanachie
  • ASIN: B000000DV4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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I began my musical voyage playing the highland (Scottish) bagpipes, progressing (or perhaps degressing) to enjoying rock bands such as AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Hendrix, Beatles, and perhaps more significantly Jethro Tull. 8 years ago I heard this album. I now play the fiddle,guitar,banjo, mandolin, bodhran and whistle. The greatest album ever recorded. Ever.
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Came to recognise Donegal fiddle playing from all other Irish fiddle.. It's dance music for house dances, full of joy and uplift.. and sometimes, with a haunting middle tone, taking the music and the dancing further
I'm spending too much, or too little, on this music, beginning with John Doherty and Con Cassidy, and on to Tommy Peoples (formerly of The Bothy Band, legends in themselves). All absolute masters, and distinctively Donegal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 7 Jun. 2016
By Richard Vanhealey - Published on Amazon.com
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Wonderful Irish Fiddle style.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Irish trad-folk instrumentals 24 May 2014
By DJ Joe Sixpack - Published on Amazon.com
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Paul Brady & Tommy Peoples
"The High Part Of The Road"
(Shanachie, 1976)
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Early in his career, singer-songwriter Paul Brady was known for his work with the progressive folk group The Johnstons; when that band dissolved in the early '70s he shifted gears. Brady was briefly a member of the trad band Planxty and recorded an excellent album with Planxty's Andy Irvine.

Before establishing himself as a contemporary folk singer-songwriter, Brady delved deep into Irish traditional music, recording several all-instrumental albums such as this one, with legendary Irish fiddler Tommy Peoples. Brady takes a mostly background role, providing subtle, restrained accompaniment and leaving the spotlight on People's robust, assertive fiddling. Great stuff, definitely worth checking out if you're into truly traditional Celtic music. (DJ Joe Sixpack, Slipcue Guide To World Music)
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5.0 out of 5 stars a classic recording 28 Jan. 2000
By Peter Kasin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Tommy Peoples is justly regarded as one of Ireland's greatest fiddlers ever recorded. He has a unique style, particularly his way of executing bowed triplets, one of the signatures of his playing. What makes his playing great is the combination of his mastery of the fiddle, the power and emotionalism that run through his playing, and his fluid bowing. He is accompanied here by the superb guitarist Paul Brady on a collection of reels and jigs that have become standards of the Irish fiddle repertoire. This album is powerful and beautiful, and regarded as a classic, though his earlier album on the Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann label is even more exciting and contains more tunes from his native Donegal. I do not know if that one has been reissued on CD, but let's hope it is or will be. If not, then search the collector's bins for that one, but by all means get this one. It is a great recording!
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5.0 out of 5 stars So that's what it could sound like 18 Jun. 2003
By Lilting Banshee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Tommy isn't just showing off here. Of course the fiddling is extraordinary, but the tunes are a joy to listen to--not just for the virtuosity, but for the delightful music. This cd is overflowing with beautiful interpretations of traditional tunes. The guitar adds rhythm in the background, but this is primarily fiddle music romping through jigs and reels. Put it on and go paint the walls around your stairs, like I did. The problem is you'll keep stopping to read the back of the jewel box to find out what great tunes you just heard. The other problem is that the music ends way too soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A landmark recording! 16 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a superb album by Tommy Peoples - it is quite old now, and lots of Irish fiddle albums have come out in the intervening years - however, Peoples still towers above the rest, and this recording remains one of a small number of classics. The playing is dynamite! While Peoples has a deeply peronal distinctive style, his Donegal musical roots come through both in the selection of tunes he has chosen, and in his style of playing. The guitar accompaniment is unusual. Overall this album is very highly recommended!
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