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Martin Furey

Martin Furey


Seafaring Man
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  • Seafaring Man
    • 2001 - Skitteesh SKITT-2001-01 CD

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  • Track List:
    1. Seafaring Man Vocals - Kaela Rowan
    2. Whaling Ship — Vocals - Martin Furey
    3. Millhead Nam Braithrean — Vocals - Ishbel MacAskill
    4. Manitoba — Vocals - Kaela Rowan
    5. Mont Of July — Vocals - Martin Furey
    6. Inveralligin
    7. Thoir A Nall Ailean Thugam — Vocals - Kaela Rowan
    8. Snowgatherer

  • Musicians
    • Martin Furey: Vocals, Uilleann Pipes
    • Ishbel MacAskill: Vocals
    • Chic Medley: Vocals
    • Martin Swan: Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Berimbau, Dulcimer, Hammer Dulcimer, Zither, Fiddle, Flute, Accordion, Shawm, Xylophone, Shaker, Triangle, Percussion, Background Vocals
    • James MacKintosh: Drums
    • Tom Bancroft: Drums
    • Jim Sutherland: Bodhrán
  • Credits
    • Producer: Martin Swan
    • Recorded at Abercorn Church, Midlothian, England & Castle Mouth Music Studios, Peebles-Shire, Scotland
    • Photographer: Martin Swan

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The Scrape
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  • The Scrape
    • 2003 - Skitteesh SKITT-2003-01 CD
      • Mouth Music

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  • Track List:
    1. Polska/Scalloway Lasses/Shetland #3
    2. Two Birds/The Scrape
    3. Trip to Ballyshannon/Exiles of Erin/Sean Sa Cheo
    4. The Marquis of Huntly's Strathspey/The Ewie Wi'The Crooked Horn/Minimal Jig
    5. The Derry Hornpipe/The Maid From Castlebar/The Silver Spear
    6. Bombay Blue/You Splotch-Faced Ram and Horo/My Logshed keeps Falling Down
    7. Rakes of Kildare/The Witches of East Nigg/The Haunting Of The Harrow/The Even Scarier Witches of East Nigg
    8. Iarla Iar/The Road To Tipperary

  • Musicians
    • James MacKintosh: Drums, Bass Drum, Congas, Djembe, Pandeiro, Percussion
    • Martin Swan: Guitar, Fiddle, Accordion, Bass Drum, Congas, Cuica, Shaker, Bells
    • Martin Furey: Flute, Pipes, Cornemuse, Uilleann Pipes, Horns
    • Alison Crawford: Fiddle
    • Lamin Jassey: Djembe, Percussion
  • Credits
    • Producer & Arranger: Martin Swan
    • Engineer: Chic Medley; Martin Swan
    • Recording: Castle Mouth Music; Stobo Village Hall
    • Photographer: Bella Bathurst

Notes

Described variously as 'a maoist fiddle album' & 'a fiddle album for people who don't like fiddles', this is an uncompromising work which four-handedly re-invents the fiddle tradition. With a minimal dusting of percussion & other strange acoustic instruments, the heart of this album is the interaction of two fiddles, in which harmony & percussive accompaniment are taken to extremes. Much of the material is traditional, but it's undergone a total rethink with a view to making the music swing & speak rather than ping & squeak. 9 tracks.

Skitteesh, 2003

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Howl
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  • Howl
    • 2003 - Skitteesh SKITT-2003-02 CD

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  • Track List:
    1. Never Weep
    2. Strange Bird
    3. House of Love
    4. Speaker of Evil
    5. Paint Girl
    6. Sole Lady
    7. Aula
    8. Falling
    9. Cool Thief
    10. Howl
    11. Dark Angel

  • Musicians
    • Martin Furey: Vocals, Uillean Pipes, Organ
    • Áine Furey: Vocals
    • Martin Swan: Guitar
  • Credits
    • Martin Swan:Producer, Arranger & Photography

Notes

Although Martin Furey is best known for his work in the fairly traditional Celtic folk groups Bohinta and Mouth Music, his solo album Howl is something else entirely, a skeletal singer/songwriter album in the Richard Thompson/John Martyn tradition, with the hushed intimacy of the former and the jazz and blues explorations of the latter to go along with the songs' roots in Irish folk. Though Furey is primarily a guitarist, most of the songs on Howl are based on his organ and electric piano playing, giving the album a low-key, mellow feel that fits the largely minor-key ballads perfectly, even though it also means that the few more up-tempo tunes bear a certain resemblance to Gerry Rafferty's work circa "Baker Street." Not necessarily a bad thing, but it may make some Celtic purists nervous. Which is a shame, because then they'd miss stunners like the Nick Drake-like spooky ballad "Strange Bird."

Stewart Mason

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Monkeys Wedding
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  • Monkeys Wedding
    • 2006 - Nora Records (?) CD
    • 2014 - Banshee Music — digital release

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  • Track List:
    1. Birmingham
    2. Water's Edge
    3. Cherish
    4. Swing
    5. Xxx
    6. People
    7. Flesh 'N' Bone
    8. Information
    9. River Flowing
    10. Better Place
    11. Asylum
    12. Epitaph

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