The Green Fields of America​/​Altan’s Reel​/​Never Was Piping So Gay

from by Tim Ball and Sophie Orzechowski

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Another medley matching a traditional tune with two by prolific modern composers. Sophie learned Altan’s Reel from her mother, Jane Orzechowski, who played it with Bob McQuillen and flutist Deanna Stiles in their band Old New England. The last tune, like many of Ed Reavy’s compositions, has quickly become an Irish session staple.


from Life of Their Own, released November 17, 2015
Sophie, fiddle; Tim, guitar

Altan's Reel was written by Bob McQuillen.
Never Was Piping So Gay was written by Ed Reavy.



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Tim Ball and Sophie Orzechowski Ithaca, New York

Tim Ball and Sophie Orzechowski play traditional dance music from New England, Ireland, Quebec, Sweden, and France.

Switching fluidly between fiddles, guitar, and piano, their music is in turns lively, earnest, and evocative, and brings the best out of the living tradition.
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