The Crooked Road
Label: Gourd Music
Performers: Alistair Anderson, Barry Phillips, Benjamin Verdery, Deby Benton Grosjean, Lars Johannesson, Mark Forry, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Neal Hellman, Paul Machlis, Shelley Phillips, Todd Denman, William Coulter
The Crooked Road
William Coulter, guitar, dumbek, bodhrĂˇn, shaker
Shelley Phillips, English horn, oboe
Barry Phillips, cello
Paul Machlis, piano, keyboard
Deby Benton Grosjean, fiddle
Todd Denman, uilleann pipes
Benjamin Verdery, classical guitar
Mark Forry, kaval
Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, whistle, flute
Lars Johannesson, flute
Alistair Anderson, Northumbrian pipes, English concertina
Neal Hellman - mountain dulcimer
Following up on the success of his previous recordings, Celtic Crossing and Celtic Sessions, William Coulter once again draws from the rich repertoire of airs and dances from Scotland and Ireland for this latest recording. Along with traditional works, Coulter has also selected a number of contemporary compositions for this recording, including a wonderful duet with concertina master Alistair Anderson on Anderson's "Dog Leap Stairs."
Coulter is joined on two tracks by virtuoso classical guitarist Benjamin Verdery. Together they perform the Sean Ă“ Riada classic, "Women of Ireland" and the beautiful Turlogh Ă“ Carolan air, "Elanor Plunkett." The result is a lyrical, emotional and enchanting listening experience.
Other guest artists on The Crooked Road include cellist Barry Phillips, Shelley Phillips on oboe and English horn, Lars Johannesson on flute, fiddler Deby Benton Grosjean, Neal Hellman on dulcimer, uilleann piper Todd Denman, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh on whistle and flute, and pianist Paul Machlis.