MP3 The Demerits - Made from Scratch
Irish and American roots music: lilting jigs, blazing reels, and bluegrass tunes in remarkably intricate arrangements, played on uilleann pipes, banjo, accordion, fiddle, flute, bodhran, whistles, and guitar.
15 MP3 Songs
FOLK: Irish Traditional, FOLK: Appalachian Folk
The Demerits are happiest when tossing off a set of lilting jigs, blazing reels, and bluegrass tunes for anyone who will listen. Formed in 2003 on the campus of Cedarville University in Ohio as an emergency measure to appease angry crowds demanding traditional Irish music, The Demerits have since gone on to record four very reliable CDs, “Plays Well With Others”, "Roadtrip", "Not Far from the Tree", and "Made from Scratch". They have performed in a few different places, none of which was very prestigious, but all of which were a good deal of fun.
The group members are mostly fugitives from classical music. After hearing them rip through a rowdy Irish dance set you might not guess that they also have perfectly respectable lives in which they serve as music professors and current or former music students.
Recently they have begun to acquire a reputation in Ireland. What happened was, this one lady got their CD and sent it to her daughter who was staying in Ireland, and the daughter called the mom and said the music was good.
So you can see that things are really picking up.
Check out the website for video from live gigs and some nice audio downloads.
The Demerits (on this recording) are:
John Mortensen: Uilleann pipes, 5-string banjo, B/C Irish button box, whistle, Irish flute, piano, guitar, acoustic bass, bodhran, and song
Linda Mortensen: Whistle, flute, recorder, and song
Emily Powell: Fiddle
Sara Craig: Fiddle
Sean Ewing: Guitar
Micah Martin: Bodhran, whistle, tuba, and The Hoss
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