Atlantic Highway

Jon Press


February 2023 - Chris Newman writes:

Jon Press has been living in Bristol since his university days in the 1970s by which time he was already an accomplished guitar and banjo player A talented instrument repairer with a string of impressive restorations under his belt, he recently decided he'd like to make an album of the music he's enjoyed playing for many years. I was delighted to help out in this endeavour and between us we enlisted the help of a bunch of extremely gifted guest musicians.

Simon Mayor is one of the best mandolin players you'll see or hear anywhere: Nollaig Casey's fiddle has graced countless recordings for the last four decades: Liam Bradley is a very well-known drummer and percussionist who, like Nollaig, has performed and recorded with an astonising array of famous names. Hugh Bradley (no relation to Liam) is an excellent string bass player who youre very likely to see on tour with Steve Tilston, and Niles Krieger is a terrific American fiddle plalyer who spent several years at the University of Newcastle and enjoyed it so much he decided to stay.

I spend most of my time touring with Máire Ní Chathasaigh but thoroughly enjoying getting involved with a project like this. Jon's very like me in that he's always been reluctant to confine himself to only one style of music, and on this recording you'll hear plently of traditional Irish tunes along with a few forays into Northumberland, and lots of Americana.

It's a terrific recording that I'm sure you'll enjoy!

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Tracklist Star of Munster/Farewell to Erin
Huckleberry Hornpipe
Molly McAlpine
Blarney Pilgrim?Banish Misfortune
Lady Dillon
Durang's Hornpipe
The Otter's Holt
Coffee Grinder
Buffalo Gals/Redwing
Cliffs of Moher
I'll Get Wed in my Old Clothes/Shane's Fancy
Fanny Power

Midnight on the Water

Morgan Magan
The Wise Maid/A Cup of Tea
Gold Rush
Musicians Jon Press - guitars, banjo
Chris Newman - acoustic & electric guitars, mandolins, electric bass
Nollaig Casey - fiddles
Liam Bradley - drums and percussion
Niles Krieger - fiddles
Simon Mayor - mandolin
Hugh Bradley - double bass
Catalogue details Old Bridge Music OBMCD24, 2023
Barcode number 5023405002429
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