Through the Round Window

Through the Round Window

by Eamonn CoyneEamonn Coyne


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The Nashville-based Compass Records label seems to have a knack for attracting Celtic musicians who are deeply rooted in tradition and yet carry something of a playful chip on their shoulder. Case in point: the wonderful tenor banjoist Eamonn Coyne, whose solo debut is a willfully eclectic assortment of tunes and styles that will simultaneously thrill and baffle traditionalists. They'll be thrilled first of all by the sprightly set of Connaught jigs that opens the program, then by the reels he plays in duet with his labelmate, flutist Michael McGoldrick. But toward the end of the album they may be baffled by the jazz guitar and piano that accompany Coyne on a set of highlands and by the not-entirely successful blues number featuring singer Kevin Doherty. In between are tunes and arrangements that fall at various places between those two stylistic extremes, though the album does not end up feeling scattershot or schizophrenic -- Coyne's unique talent is not so much his impressive banjo playing as it is his ability to pay homage to so many different musical influences and, by doing so, to make an album that hangs together so beautifully.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/13/2002
Label: Compass Records
UPC: 0766397434520
catalogNumber: 974345
Rank: 164493

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eamonn Coyne   Primary Artist,Banjo,Guitar,Mandolin,national steel guitar,Guitar (Tenor)
Alison Brown   5-string Banjo
Dermot Byrne   Button Accordion,Melodeon
Ciarán Curran   Bouzouki
Kevin Doherty   Guitar,Vocals
Russell Hunter   Piano
Michael McGoldrick   Flute
Paul O'Driscoll   Bass
Kendrick Freeman   Snare Drums
Jimmy Higgins   Snare Drums

Technical Credits

Alison Brown   Arranger
Dermot Byrne   Arranger
Ciarán Curran   Arranger
Russell Hunter   Arranger
Dave Sinko   Engineer
Michael McGoldrick   Arranger
Paul O'Driscoll   Arranger
Jim Higgins   Arranger
Alastair McMillan   Engineer
Eamonn Coyne   Arranger,Producer,Cover Design
W. Haffner   Composer

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