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Walking Stones: A Celtic Sojourn
Ken Kolodner, Laura Risk, Robin Bullock
Walking Stones: A Celtic Sojourn
Genres: Folk, World Music, Jazz, Special Interest, New Age, Pop, Classical
 
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On this evocative disc of instrumental music, dulcimer player Ken Kolodner is assisted by guitarist Robin Bullock and fiddle player Laura Risk (of Cordelia's Dad). Walking Stones includes several traditional Irish and Scot...  more »

      
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All Artists: Ken Kolodner, Laura Risk, Robin Bullock
Title: Walking Stones: A Celtic Sojourn
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Dorian Recordings
Original Release Date: 9/16/1997
Re-Release Date: 9/23/1997
Genres: Folk, World Music, Jazz, Special Interest, New Age, Pop, Classical
Styles: British & Celtic Folk, Celtic, Europe, British Isles, Swing Jazz, Marches, Ballets & Dances, Polkas, Chamber Music, Historical Periods, Baroque (c.1600-1750)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 053479024824

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On this evocative disc of instrumental music, dulcimer player Ken Kolodner is assisted by guitarist Robin Bullock and fiddle player Laura Risk (of Cordelia's Dad). Walking Stones includes several traditional Irish and Scottish pieces as well as a number of original compositions. Subtitled A Celtic Sojourn, the album does indeed give a listener the feeling of going on a journey, mainly because of the otherworldliness of the material and the ethereal quality of the hammer dulcimer. From the dancing rhythms of "Father Kelly's," "The Bornish Polka," and "Reel Beatrice" to the gentle delicacy of "Clock Waltz," "Princess Beatrice," and the title track, this music is nothing short of beautiful. There are more than 30 pieces in all, most quite short; however, they are arranged on the CD to flow smoothly one to the next, so the briefness of the songs is never distracting. --Genevieve Williams

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Walking Stones is a pure delight
Chris in OC | Southern California, USA | 12/09/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Ken Kolodner is one of the modern masters of the hammered dulcimer, but this CD is much more than a great dulcimer recording -- it's a great *folk* recording. Along with the expressive fiddling of Laura Risk and the guitar and cittern wizardry of Robin Bullock, Kolodner presents old standards and modern compositions in arrangements that are inventive and expressive, going far beyond standard jam session fare, and giving the impression of a larger ensemble without benefit of overdubbing. It's hard to pick standout cuts, but my favorites are "Dances De Foins/Reel Beatrice/Pierre N'As Pas De Culotte," a firey set of Canadian reels, and "Ian Robertson," one of the loveliest slow airs to come around in a long time. This is one of those albums that bears up to repeated listening, and would be a fine addition to any folk music collection."