Wherever there are great fiddlers, you will find Frank Ferrel. Truly one of America's top fiddler, here you have him with his long time friends and fellow musicians, Peter Barnes, John McGann, and Joe Derrane*. He offers a vibrant, deeply pleasurable, and thoroughly convincing musical essay on Yankee fiddling, its range, roots and aesthetics. It is also music for Contra dancing, which remains the beating heart of the New England style.
* Joe Derrane is the only New
England Irish musician to ever receive the National Endowment
for the Arts' vaunted National Heritage Fellowship Award.
Frank Ferrel, Peter Barnes, John McGann, Joe Derrane Total Time 58:20
Frank Ferrel is a marvelous fiddler from the Boston area and has a knack of attracting top notch musicians to play with him. Right from the first phrase you know you are in the hands of a fabulous fiddler. Just sit down, relax and listen. This CD is pure joy.
"moxie" moxie / 'mak - se / n (fr. Moxie, a trademark for a New England soft drink) (1930) 1: ENERGY, PEP 2: COURAGE, DETERMINATION 3:KNOW-HOW, EXPERTISE You have it all here!
Frank Ferrel, Peter Barnes, John McGann, Joe Derrane - cuts 4, 11, Janene Muise Randall - cuts 8, 14, 15 - 1996
Frank has a huge repertoire of tunes and he's great at picking and matching for maximum effect. Yankee Dreams is one of those CD's that stays on my CD changer for a very long time. This is wicked good fiddling.
The Library of Congress places Yankee Dreams on its "Select list of 25 Recordings of American Folk Music.
Frank Ferrel, John McGann, Peter Barnes - 1990