It is because of connections between my childhood and adulthood that I named this CD “Celtic Awakening.” The journey from an early exposure to all things Irish to a more full understanding of my Irish ancestry was a long road and I want to share some of what I have discovered of my Celtic musical heritage. So here are some of the tunes and songs I play. I hope you enjoy the collection.
The Crested Hen/The Butterfly/Cooley’s Reel
Kesh’s Jig_Willie Coleman_Donnybrook Fair_Temperance
In Tune With My Friends
This CD contains duets with people that I have played with over the years. A wide variety of genres is included: everything from Bob Dylan to jazz to traditional Americana.
Lady Be Good
Sittin on Top of the World
The Toasted Ponies
Why the Long Face?
This is the Toasted Ponies first CD and includes several original numbers written by all members of the band. It also includes some of the classics.
Follow My Heart
Bluegrass of Champions
“I know great Bluegrass when I hear it, and The ‘Ponies’ can flat out pick, sing and write it. You’ll want this in your collection. File it under Bluegrass. Listen Often!” —Carl Anthony The Drive-In Radio Show KZUM 89.3
Across the Great Divide
Pine Creek Crossing
The most recent Ponies CD is named for an original instrumental number. It includes traditional Bluegrass Tunes as well as converted pop and country tunes. Pine Creek Crossing features the newest members of The Ponies, Pam and Randy Barger.
What Was I Supposed To Do
Pine Creek Crossing
Paddywhack plays a variety of jigs, hornpipes, polkas, and reels on a multitude of instruments and mix them up with precise vocal harmonies while singing sea shanties, ballads, and sing-alongs. This is there first CD and is representative of the sound the group created back in the early 1980’s. (Released 2002)
Cape Cod Girls
Something Old, Something New
This CD provides what it advertises. If you are a long time fan of Paddywhack, songs like “The Trumpet Hornpipe Medley”, “Tanglediony”, “The Nutting Song”, and “General Guinness” will take you back to a time when you were sitting in O.G. Kelleys sipping suds and listening to tunes. But time keeps moving and our music has moved with it, so you will also get a taste of some of the newer tunes that the Paddywhack trio performs today. Beautiful ballads like “The Harp Without the Crown” and “The Band of Shearers” are interlaced with lively sing alongs like “Tell Me Ma” and gorgeous Airs like “Hector the Hero”. (Released 2006)
Tell Me Ma
Band of Shearers
This is a 2 CD collection of live recordings from the 1980’s! (Sorry, this CD is out of print) (Released 2010)
St. Paddy’s Day and Whinny Hills of Lietram
I Wish They’d Do It Now
Recorded in 2013/2014 this CD includes a whole set of new tunes including one solo by each Paddywhack member. (Released 2014)
Blood Red Roses
O’Connell’s and The Forgiveness Reel