GERRY HARRINGTON & NANCY CONESCU: THE FIDDLE, THE VOICE
Gerry Harrington: fiddle
Nancy Conescu: vocals, guitar, harmonium
Dave Hennessy: accordion, melodeon
Donnechadh Geoff: bodhran
Sometimes the quality of a musician’s performance is judged not so much by how much he puts into the tunes, but rather by how much he leaves out. This sense of economy and purity of line is what makes Gerry Harrington’s fiddle playing so special and what has brought it notice ever since the days of his lovely duet recordings with accordion player Eoghan O’Sullivan. Those who appreciated those qualities in Gerry’s playing then will find them again on this album. Gerry’s Co. Kerry roots and his love of the Sliabh Luachra repertoire are fully in evidence as well. New York-born Nancy Conescu (the voice) is a skilled accompanist on the guitar as well as, indeed, a wonderfully expressive singer. She is completely at ease with the Irish vocal idiom, as demonstrated in her singing of “The May Morning Dew,” but her rendition of the American traditional song “Pretty Saro,” with two harmony lines she adds on herself, is a real show stopper. Dave Hennessy contributes some excellent melodeon playing on a couple of instrumental tracks.