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MP3 Dave Ogden - And Why Not

Masterful fingerstyle guitar, wooden flute and Irish drum renditions of classic traditional Irish, Scottish and old-time American tunes.

12 MP3 Songs in this album (46:14) !
Related styles: Folk: Fingerstyle, World: Celtic, Mood: Dreamy

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I live on a small ranch in the Tehachapi mountains of California, where I’ve converted the old barn on the place into a recording studio, Clear Creek Recording. A few weeks ago my brother Doug stopped by. He sat in the engineer’s chair, listened to a bunch of my tracks and said “It’s done, now put it out.” So here you are, my first solo recording: And Why Not. –Dave, 11/4/10

Notes on the Tunes

1) Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine/Return to Fingal. About six months ago my friend Bob Keating called and asked if I could show him “Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine,” but didn’t tell me which one, the march or the hornpipe. So I learned both; here’s the march (the hornpipe appears later). I got the second march from Pierre Bensusan. Both are traditional Irish.

2) Round the Horn. This is a great tune written by the famous fiddler of Shokan, N.Y, Jay Unger. I had fun arranging it for fingerstyle guitar, then thought I’d add wooden flute, a combo you don’t often hear in old time American music.

3) Tune for Gia. It was Oscar Wilde who said “all of us are in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” Rather than star gazing I was pretty much face down in the gutter when Gia came along a few years ago. She picked me up, dusted me off and we’ve been together ever since.

4) O’Hara’s Cup/Gusty’s Frolics. Duck Baker, the brilliant guitarist and arranger, has been an inspiration of mine since we met 20 years ago. He first arranged these tunes in drop D tuning. Here I’ve re-arranged them in DADGAD, my tuning of choice. I hope he’ll forgive me.

5) Dark Island. I play this traditional Irish song air a lot with my bandmates in the Sunday Drivers, Allison Solberg and Nicolas Buckmelter. Here I’m playing a baritone guitar built by Tony Yamamoto tuned to low C.

6) Hardiman the Fiddler/Tipperary Hills/Fig for a Kiss. I used to play these slipjigs on the flute with the folks at the Bakersfield session, and thought they’d work on the guitar too.
I’m also playing the Irish frame drum, the bodhran.

7) Johnstown Reel. I met the composer of this beautiful slow reel, Rebecca Knorr, at Chris Norman’s Boxwood Festival in Nova Scotia in 2001. Rebecca lives in Scotland and recorded this tune with her group Calluna. She wrote it for her grandmother in Johnstown, PA.

8) Jackie Tar/Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine/Plains of Boyle. Hornpipes are the Irish version of reggae, a tune in 4 with the emphasis on beats 2 and 4. They work great on the guitar, so I tend to pile them up. These are all favorite session tunes.

9) Molly MacAlpine. This is one of the few surviving Irish harp tunes by William Connellan (c.1645-c.1705). The great early 19th C Irish tune collector William Bunting (in the introduction to his 1840 collection) quotes the famous Irish harper Turlock Carolan (1670-1738) as saying he would rather have written this tune than any of his own.

10) Over the Moor to Maggie. This is a traditional Irish reel that my friend Brenda Hunter brought to the Bakersfield session a couple years ago.

11) Capt. Simon Fraser of the Highlands set: The Glen of Copsewood/The Highlands of Banffshire/The Merry Making. I first heard these tunes played by the group Ferintosh, Abby Newton, Kim Robertson and David Greenberg. They’re a Cape Breton style set: an air, a strathspey, and a reel, all collected by Capt. Fraser and published in his 1815 collection.

12) The Languor of Love. I also learned this traditional Scottish air from my friends in Ferintosh. A few years ago the group was on tour here in California and Kim had several harp festivals that conflicted, so I got to play several gigs with Abby and David in her absence, which was huge fun.

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I played these instruments in the recording: Guitars: ’34 000-18 by C.F. Martin & Co., high strung mini 12 string by Joe Veillett, baritone by Tony Yamamoto. Ca.1840 wooden 8 key concert flute by Herman Wrede, London with new headjoint by Peter Noy, Seattle. Bodhrans by Christian Hedwitschak and Steve Forman.

Special Thanks to: my folks Margot and Bob, my brothers Doug and Rob, their families Emilie,Tom, Nick and Will, and Olga, Tammany, Natalie, Alec and Peter. Gia Marks, Joey Abarta, Greg Gualtieri, Jim Baggett, Chris Berkov, Stewart Port, Eric Schoenberg, Joe Heumiller, Kent Hamblin, Tony Yamamoto, Jon Cornia, Scott Levitin, Nicolas Buckmelter, Allison Solberg, Bob & Callie Keating.

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