Dorney Rock is the third recording from Scots mandolinist Kevin MacLeod, of The Occasionals Ceilidh Band. It features a lively collection of Scottish and Irish traditional music, and also some new melodies from several contemporary composers, including himself.
He is joined by three masters of the tradition; Ireland’s legendary bouzouki player Alee Finn of De Dannan, Orcadian guitar supremo Kris Drever, of the exciting new trio Lau and Luke Plumb, and the Tasmanian mandolin and bouzouki dynamo from Scottish band Shooglenifty.
The four musicians unite to create an enlivening fusion of tunes from the great musical traditions of Scotland and Ireland. In addition to the mandolin, Kevin also plays bouzouki, cittern and various guitars on the album. Kevin’s two previous albums on Greentrax are Springwell (CDTRAX 178) and Polbain to Oranmore with Alee Finn (CDTRAX 239). Dorney Rock was recorded at Castlesound Studios, Pencaitland, by Stuart Hamilton who also co-produced with Kevin.
How to Grow a Woman From the Ground is the title of the new album by Nickel Creek mandolinist and vocalist Chris Thile. For the project, Chris Thile gathered together some of the hottest young players in the bluegrass and new acoustic scene: Chris Eldridge, Greg Garrison, Noam Pikelny, and Gabe Witcher- for a spirited run through tracks new and old. The CD will be available September 12th.
For How to Grow a Woman From the Ground, Thile decided to record the project live to two-track tape in order capture the energy of bluegrass as it originally evolved. Little separation. Virtually no compression. The communal feel of bluegrass that embodies raw energy and subtle harmonies expressing emotion without artifice.
Chris Thile is a member of the Grammy-winning acoustic trio Nickel Creek, which has sold 1.5 million records.
Late-August showcase dates for Chris Thile & The How To Grow A Band at New York’s Bowery Ballroom, Nashville’s Belcourt Theatre, and Boulder’s Fox Theatre; as well as an IBMA showcase in
The album includes songs by The White Stripes (“Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground”), Gillian Welch (“Wayside/Back In”), Tom Brosseau (“How To Grow a Woman From the Ground”), Jimmie Rodgers (“Brakeman’s Blues”), The Strokes (“Heart in a Cage”), and more, including Chris Thile original songs and brilliant instrumentals-hearkening his landmark album Not All Who Wander Are Lost.