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The Angels Portion - Steve Baughman $15.00 $10.05

The Angels' Portion
Celtic, Appalaachian and Swedish tunes plus originals that are so catchy you assume they're traditional as well.
“Combining his unique techniques with his inherent feel, sensitivity and use of dynamics, Baughman is once more left standing in the dock as one of the usual suspects charged with committing excellent music to record. With so much heavenly musichere, it is difficult to guess which tracks the angels will claim as their rightful portion.
~ ~ Minor 7th
 
In the making of fine Scotch whisky, there is no ingredient more precious than time. The process begins with barley and the purest water. The barley is soaked, dried over a peat fire, crushed into grist, moved to the grist hopper and mixed with hot water. The mixture eventually finds its way into an oak cask that will be its home for the next 12, 15 or 21 years. There it sleeps, alone and undisturbed, except by angels sent from heaven to perform a sacred but daunting task, to turn this simple mixture into a glorious Uisgebeatha, the Water of Life.
As the world turns, as stars dim, as empires wane, the angels labor in the darkness. Then, their miracle complete, they depart. The stillman returns to the cask and savors the first vapor of new creation. There he observes that what was once a full barrel is now only a partly full barrel. And he smiles. Evaporation, some say. But the stillman knows. For even the angels love a drop of the pure.
It is my hope that over the next 12, 15 and 21 years, the process of musical fermentation will endow my playing with a richness worthy of this album title. Until then, I am honored to share with you The Angels’ Portion.
~ ~ ~ Steve Baughman
 
Recent review of "The Angels Portion"
From the standpoint of technique, what sets Steve Baughman apart from other guitarists working the Celtic vein is the use of his favored "Orkney Tuning" and a middle-finger "thwack"---a sort of banjo frailing technique applied to the guitar. Combining these unique approaches with his inherent feel, sensitivity and use of dynamics, Baughman is once more left standing in the dock as one of the usual suspects charged with committing excellent music to record. This time out, though, Baughman expands beyond the heavily-worked Celtic realm, as reflected in the collection's subtitle "Celtic, Appalachian and Swedish Guitar Instrumentals". Indeed, he goes still further and includes an original composition ("Bonnie Wahine") in what he calls the "burgeoning genre called Celto-Hawaiian music". The ethereal Scottish tune "Roslyn Castle" opens the album on a Celtic note with images of misty mountains. Baughman reinvigorates the oft-recorded "Carolan's Draft" as "One Draft Too Many", which he performs on a seven-string guitar. Appalachia is represented by the fiddle tune "Hickory Jack", dating from a 1937 field recording of a Kentucky fiddler. A nod to Sweden is given on "Skalarna" and "Polska Efter Pelle Fors". Baughman embellishes three selections with a second guitar, most beautifully on "Jer the Rigger", a fiddle tune from Clare which he drastically slowed down from it usually frantic pace to allow the melody to be fully realized. With so much heavenly music here, it is difficult to guess which tracks the angels will claim as their rightful portion.
©Patrick Grant
 

Artist: Steve Baughman
Product Type: AMR CDs
Item #: SACD2021
Price: $15.00 $10.05
The Angels Portion - Steve Baughman
This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 29 September, 2005.

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