The Pound Ridge Sessions – Kevin Burke and John Brennan

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New CD from Loftus Music

The Pound Ridge Sessions

Traditional Irish Fiddle meets Rock Guitar!

“Fascinating and unexpected musical journeys” Tony Lawless, RTÉ
“It’s great stuff! …compelling and ‘real’ ” Daniel Neely, Irish Echo

Two great players sharing their musical interests – one steeped in traditional Irish music while the other is a veteran California rocker. London-born fiddler Kevin Burke (The Bothy Band, Patrick Street) teams up with guitar whiz John Brennan, SoCal sideman to the stars (Graham Nash, Chris Hillman of The Byrds, Poco). Enjoy their versions of 60’s & 70’s rock ‘classics’, blues and country tunes, two Bach minuets, and some re-imagined jigs and reels. Hear Kevin’s song “London Town,” an affectionate look back at the post-WWII world of Irish immigrants. Take a visit to ‘Pound Ridge’ and be prepared for some spirited and original sounds from this unique musical partnership!

Track List:

      The Tempest (Trad. Irish)

      Lonesome Moonlight Waltz (Bill Monroe)

      Jessica (Allman Brothers)

      Albatross (Peter Green / Fleetwood Mac)

      Evening Prayer Blues (Bill Monroe)

      May this be Love (Jimi Hendrix)

      London Town (Kevin Burke/Cal Scott)

      The Split Rock/The Pipe on the Hob (Kevin Burke/Trad. Irish)

      Wade in the Water (Trad. Gospel)

      Minuets 1 & 2 (J.S. Bach)

      Blue Room Blues (Eddie Lang, Lonnie Johnson)


Kevin Burke – Fiddle, Vocal (“London Town”)
John Brennan – Guitars, Mandolin, Dobro, Lap Steel, Keyboards, Bass, Percussion & String Programming

Lou Bellofatto (Carly Simon, Julie Taymor) – Piano
Johnny B. Connolly (Solas) – Accordion
Mark Egan (Pat Metheny) – Electric Bass
Al Garth (The Eagles, Loggins & Messina, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) – Alto sax
Winifred Horan (Solas) – Fiddle
Nuala Kennedy – Whistle and Vocal
Sheila Falls Keohane – Fiddle
Mike McGoldrick (Mark Knopfler, Lúnasa, Capercaillie) – Uileann Pipes, whistle and Flute
Eamon O’Leary (Murphy Beds, Nuala Kennedy) – Bouzouki and vocal

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More reviews:

“Absolutely terrific. …. stunning.” Mike Harding Folk Show (UK) www.mikehardingfolkshow.com

“Jessica is a great track. Delighted with Kevin’s playing and the new album…John is a hell of a guitar player.” Larry Kirwan (Black 47), “Celtic Crush” SiriusXM Radio

“I really like this album a lot and have been playing it.” Ken Eichstaedt, KWMR, Point Reyes,

“Beautiful. Haunting…made my night.” (celebrated author, Meg Rosoff, London, UK)

” … an eclectic, beautifully played, produced and stylish piece of work” (celebrated fiddler, Winnie Horan, of Solas)

“I never leave home without ‘The Pound Ridge Sessions’ in the glove compartment” (celebrated Irish singer/songwriter, Mick Hanly)

Comments come from some of our enthusiastic listeners:

“Amazing…..I love it! Wow Wow Wow!” (A. Diamant, NY, NY)

“As always with Kevin and friends, a fine blend of two music traditions that lifts the spirit.” (Ronald F., on Facebook)

“A vast sea of musical expression …. beautiful music” (Joe Herrmann, WV)

“It’s like I’m on a road trip …. the journey is good, harmonious, rich and entirely upbeat.” (Darlene Reed, OR)

“Wow! Fantastic!” (B. Smith, WA)

“As good as it gets!” (M. MacDonald, Melbourne, Australia)

“I have never listened to an album all day long — until “The Pound Ridge Sessions.” A spectacular journey – fresh, different, and exciting.” (Jack Cahill, MI)

“I LOVE this cd! I can listen to it over and over …. upbeat and elegant.” (Russ Reed, OR)

“This CD has it ALL!” (Patti L.)