A hammered dulcimer can produce a lot of tones and moods. When combined with a fiddle or piano, lively contra dance music can evolve. On its own it can sound like piano or harpsichord. Mix in some flute and vocals and you have the ingredients for some nice Celtic tunes. Jody Marshall proves herself to be a very talented musician. On this album of Celtic and dance tunes, the listener is in for an enjoyable 55 minutes of listening.
The CD album is mostly instrumentals but there are a couple nice vocals to fill it out. Grace Giffith lends her silky voice on The Brandy Tree and Summer Garland with Jody and others singing harmony to these pleasant tunes. The instrumentals vary from contra dance tunes to chamber music. The pace is not feverish but there are some lively tunes like a medley starting with Ross Reel #4. Closing the album is the catchy Half-Past Three a tune composed by Ms. Marshall and a Scottish tune called The High Road to Linton. Well worth listening to and tapping your feet to.
This is not to imply that the rest of the material is filler. There are jigs, an O'Carolan tune, a ragtime tune and some classical sounding pieces. Even a medley of cat inspired tunes. Lots of variety and all well performed. Jody plays hammer dulcimer and piano. There are a number of musicians on fiddle, flute, guitar. The liner notes don't list all of the contributors by full name but all are extremely good.
The Cottage in the Glen should be in your collection if you are a fan of hammered dulcimer. For those who enjoy soothing Celtic tunes this a great album.
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