Sometimes When The Moon Is High

Nightingale

(MidNight Music CD001)

Nightingale
PO Box 154
Brattleboro, Vermont 05301

A review written for Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Jim Zimmerschied
(banjoz@aol.com)

Sometimes when the moon is high, I get the urge to tap my feet rhythmically and to sway to the melodious interplay of fiddle and accordion. The music I hear has roots in Ireland, Scotland, France and England. It has been transported on a sailing vessel to Eastern Canada with the promise that the passage would be paid - at least one way. If it could tough out the harsh winter in Canaday IO, it could get a return passage to its land of siring.

This is a CD album of music of dance tunes and ballads by a Canadian trio called Nightingale. They weave their magic with piano, fiddle, accordion, guitar, voice and foot. Foot? Yes, Keith Murphy's foot-tapping percussion will soon entice your feet to come alive and keep time to the music. The album is largely instrumental with a peppering of subtle vocals fitted in for good measure. Jeremiah McLane does the honors on accordion and piano. (I was not an accordion fan until I heard McLane on this album.) The sounds and rhythms that he gets from the squeezebox give the tunes life. Keith Murphy, when he isn't busy with foot percussion (or even when he is), provides the pleasant lead vocals and guitar accompaniment. Becky Tracy is no slouch on the fiddle either. From hot fiddle dance tunes to give and take with the accordion or piano, Becky completes one outstanding music group.

My favorites on the CD are Tippy Get Your Hair Cut which is an instrumental with lively accordion work that must have borrowed some Cajun from down South. The Discharged Drummer is a lovely ballad of a military man who marries a rich lady. Soul of Limestone is a satisfying piano waltz written by McLane. The last track of the album consists of four wonderful fiddle dance tunes that will get your feet to movin'.

The insert to the album has the words and, where needed, the translation of the songs. It goes without saying that I enjoyed this album immensely and would wager you will like it too.

Edited by David Schultz

Copyright 1998, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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