Monday, May 10, 2010

Hanneke Cassel: For Reasons Unseen

For Reasons Unseen

Hanneke Cassel talks about the world through her fiddle. As she’s grounded in Scottish style fiddle playing (she the former US champion in the style, among other things) that world often includes Scotland seen in various ways, from traditional tunes to her own new ones. There are some of each on this recording

Cassel is also a world traveler with her fiddle. In the past she’s written about the Red Sox and and rural Tennessee, as well as Ireland and pop movie heroes, all without saying a word, mind you. Here she offers, among other things, tunes for a friend’s wedding, a sister’s birthday, a lullaby, a tune called the The Goat Whisperer, and a tune and song learned on her travels in China. A mixed bag, sounds like, but what it actually sounds like is a lively story and an unfolding conversation where you’re eager to hear the next way things will turn.

If you’ve heard Cassel play in person, or listened to one of her earlier albums, you’ll know she offers a sure touch, vibrant energy, strong faith, and a sense of humor through her music, and if you’ve yet to make her acquaintance, this album is a fine place to begin. She’s just been on a trip to Kenya, where she shared tunes and songs with the people at One Home, Many Hopes. Tunes to come from that, as well, no doubt.

Meantime, every track on this recording is well worth more than one listen. Especially take note of Blackberry Festival Footrace, The Crane Estate, The Dusky Meadow set, and For Reasons Unseen/Rong Hua. Musicians sitting in with Cassel include Natalie Haas, Christopher Lewis, Alasdair Fraser, and Brittany Haas.

you may also wish to see

Music Road: voices: Hanneke Cassel

Music Road: Hanneke Cassel and Christopher Lewis: Calm the Raging Sea

Music Road: Cathie Ryan: the farthest wave

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Blogger Anjuli said...

I love a fiddle- I'm always amazed with a true fiddle player. I would love to hear her song from her travels in China- I think it would be a great 'east meets west' song- so I'll have to listen to it to see if I'm right.

Great post again!

11:47 AM  
Anonymous Angela said...

I love Hanneke Cassel! Thanks for writing about her here, she is a wonderful fiddle player and a great musician.

4:28 AM  
Anonymous The Writer's [Inner] Journey said...

I'd not heard of this artist until now. One of the things I love about this blog is that I learn of talent I might have otherwise missed.

10:50 AM  
Anonymous Alexandra said...

We had guests this week at the B&B who play fiddle, two sisters, and they gave us a concert. It was great! I will let them know about this fiddle player. Thanks!

1:01 PM  
Anonymous Frugal Kiwi said...

I was amazed when I heard The Chieftains in China album how well Celtic music can mix with traditional Chinese music. This artist sounds intriguing.

1:52 PM  
Anonymous Christine@OrigamiMommy said...

The song from her travels in China sounds so intriguing. I love the universal appeal of music and song!

5:03 PM  
Anonymous Kristen said...

How interesting that she interprets the world through the fiddle. I'd love to hear The Goat Whisperer--sounds intriguing.

10:41 AM  
Anonymous Sheryl said...

You always introduce me to artists I would not otherwise have known about. Thank you- this sounds very intriguing.

10:46 AM  
Anonymous Vera Marie Badertscher said...

A fiddle that travels. You should write about her over a A Traveler's Library in September?

3:15 PM  
Blogger Peggy Bourjaily said...

Oh I love the fiddle - It's just amazing how precise someone can be while working so fast!

5:17 PM  
Anonymous kris bordessa said...

The fiddle is such fun to listen to. This sounds like a great album.

12:56 AM  

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