Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Whippersnapper - Tsubo (1987 England) @320

Former Fairport fiddler Dave Swarbrick leads this all-acoustic quartet through its second album (named after the Japanese word for pressure point). The result is exquisitely rendered chamber arrangements of folk forms -- sort of a British variation on Virginia's Trapezoid. 
Swarbrick and Chris Leslie play lovely twin fiddle parts against the guitars and mandolins, and everyone gets to sing at least one moving ballad.

01 - Farewell My Lovely Nancy
02 - The Pride Of Kildare
03 - Rouge and Red Shoes
04 - I Wandered By A Brookside
05 - The Seven Keys
06 - Romanitza
07 - Deneze-soues-doue (on the wall)
08 - Frank Dempsey's Lament and Joy
09 - My Little Fiddle
10 - There's A River

Dave Swarbrick, violin, mandolin, vocals;
Chris Leslie, violin, mandolin, vocals;
Kevin Dempsey, guitar, vocals;
Martin Jenkins, mandocello, mandolin, flute, vocals


CrimsonKing said...

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Twil said...

Two Whippersnapper albums in as many days, I always loved these albums, but I never thought I would see them again, thank you so much

Krinoid7 said...

I second the above!

Buck said...

Thank you very much for this, Crimson King, it's much appreciated!! Awesome site!

drizzz said...

Fine music- thank you!

Anonymous said...

never heard this before....the musicianship is out of control! thanks for turning me on to yet another new killer record!

John Hilton said...

Thank you very much for sharing this. I wonder why the Whippersnapper albums (and also the Dempsey/Leslie duo album) remain so obscure, as there's some great stuff on them, and sometimes the band found a sound or feel that was unique. There's a bit too much reverb for my liking on this album, as I think it blurs the interesting arrangements. But every track here has something interesting about it.

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