The Angel's Share

The Angel's Share

Atlantic Wave's second album, The Angel's Share, features songs and tunes from Ireland, Scotland, and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, with both traditional tunes and compositions by contemporary trad songwriters. Cape Breton fiddler and pianist Troy MacGillivray provides piano on several tracks.

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Atlantic Wave - The Angel's Share (full album)

Atlantic Wave's second album, The Angel's Share, features songs and tunes from Ireland, Scotland, and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, with both traditional tunes and compositions by contemporary trad songwriters. Cape Breton fiddler and pianist Troy MacGillivray provides piano on several tracks.

Includes all 15 tracks:

  1. The Old Players
  2. Barnyards of Delgaty
  3. The Warlock
  4. Birnie Bouzle
  5. Priscilla's Polkas
  6. Just Duet
  7. The New Land
  8. Hommage à Québec
  9. Broom of the Cowdenknowes
  10. Math Exam
  11. Spiderman
  12. Black Eyed Gypsy
  13. Lord Gordon's
  14. Troy's Wedding
  15. Rosin the Bow
The Old Players

The Old Players/The Glory Reel/The Wild Irishman

Ed discovered The Old Players while was playing through tunes in the Ed Reavy Collection. The Glory Reel comes from the playing of Ciaran O'Maonaigh of Gweedore, west central Donegal. The Wild Irishman exists in a number of different versions. The setting we've chosen is favored in Donegal, and lends itself particularly well to "reversing" (dropping the octave).

Barnyards of Delgaty

This well-known Scottish bothy song combines the time-honored traditions of complaining about one's boss and boasting of one's prowess. After being hired by "a wealthy fairmer" the singer goes to the barnyards to find "nothing there but skin and bone". When he goes to church on Sunday, the bonnie lass is "sitting by her faither's side and winking o'er the pews at me".

The Warlock

The Warlock/Bog An Loch Ann/The Tarbolton/Hull's

The Warlock strathspey can be found in The Lowes Collection, first published in 1844. It is currently a popular tune in Cape Breton, and is a particular favorite of both Natalie and Buddy MacMaster. Bog An Loch Ann has been a part of Kaitlin and Ed's repertoire for many years. The Tarbolton gained widespread popularity after it was recorded by Michael Coleman in 1934 for the Decca label. Kaitlin learned Hull's from Glen Graham at the Gaelic Cottage in St. Anne's. It was written by the late John Morris Rankin and is part of the staple repertoire of most Cape Breton fiddlers.

Our friend Troy MacGillivray graces us with his piano playing on this set.

Birnie Bouzle

This lovely Scottish folksong's title refers to the name of a church, where the singer implores his lassie to marry him. He promises her both a fine wedding and the good life, and to "sleep upon a heather bed, sae couthy and sae canty".

Priscilla's Polkas

The Happy Couple/The Return to Dillingham/Mammy's Polka

Written by Priscilla Skrade.

Our friend Priscilla Skrade joins us on these polkas, which she wrote and performed with us a number of years ago. Priscilla is originally from Tipperary, but lived in Alaska for 19 years. She wrote Return to Dillingham in 1998, to commemorate her first trip back to "The Last Frontier." Priscilla dedicates Mammy's Polka to her mother, who loved polkas. The Happy Couple was composed for her son, Paul, and daughter-in-law, Miriam, to celebrate their wedding.

Just Duet

Fairy Jig/In Memory of Coleman/The Banks Hornpipe

Inspired by some of the great fiddle duos past and present, Kaitlin and Ed decided to launch off on their own with a set of tunes. The Fairy Jig (slip jig) is one of many Donegal tunes that is supposed to have come from the fairies. In Memory of Coleman is a reel from the hand of the late County Cavan composer/fiddler, Ed Reavy. The Banks Hornpipe appears in The Music of Scott Skinner, where it is credited to a man named Parazotti. In Ryan's Mammoth Collection, the tune appears under the title Souvenir de Venice, and is credited to a notable 19th century violinist, Louis Ostinelli.

The New Land

Written by Otis Tomas.

Ed first heard Otis Thomas's pensive New Land Waltz played by Kinvara, Galway fiddle player Maire O'Keeffe many years ago. The tune has a special significance for Kaitlin and John in that they have gotten to know the composer through their numerous trips to Cape Breton over the years. The miracle of recording technology allows Kaitlin to play piano and fiddle simultaneously on this track!

Hommage à Québec

Ril du Forgeron/La Belle Catherine

Kaitlin's foot percussion sets the mood for this set of Québécois tunes. We learned Ril du Forgeron from the band that always looks like they're having a party on stage, La Bottine Souriante. We learned La Belle Catherine from Andre Brunet; it's a tune he performs with Celtic Fiddle Festival.

Broom of the Cowdenknowes

This Scottish ballad dates to at least the mid 1600s. Its title refers to a flower (broom) in a place, the barony of Cowdenknowes in Berwickshire. It comes in many variations. In this one, the singer has been banished from his homeland and pines for his true love.

Math Exam

Nine Points of Roguery/Exam Week/180 No More

Known in its Donegal variant as The Black Mare of Fannad, this setting of Nine Points of Roguery came from the renowned Bronx fiddle player Eileen Ivers. Exam Week is one of many inspired compositions of flute player (and friend), Nuala Kennedy. Ed wrote 180 No More in memory of 180 & the Letter G, the band he played with throughout the 90s. Troy MacGillivray generously offers his piano playing expertise to this set of reels.


The Five-Legged Spiders/The Road to Abbeyfeale/Buddy's

Reflections on Troy MacGillivray's piano playing prowess inspired Kaitlin to compose The Five Legged Spider. We learned The Road to Abbeyfeale from the playing of the late Martin Mulvihill. Buddy's Jig came from the playing of Howie MacDonald.

Black Eyed Gypsy

For this Irish classic, Barry was inspired by The Prodigals' version on their first album. It is the tale of a lord who comes home to find his new-wed lady run away with a gypsy. Kaitlin plays accordion on this one.

Lord Gordon's

Lord Gordon's, popularized by the 1934 recording by Sligo fiddler Michael Coleman, first appeared in print in 1780 as The Duke of Gordon's Rant, a two-part reel in McGlashan's Collection of Strathspeys and Reels. Music historian Brendan Breathnach observed that until the Coleman recording, the tune existed in only two parts. It is commonly accepted that Coleman composed parts 3-5. Lord Gordon's is Ed's favorite tune!

Troy's Wedding

Seanamhac Tube Station/Sean Ryan's/Troy's Wedding

Seanamhac Tube Station is a composition of Sligo fidder John Carty. Ed remembered hearing the tune at a memorable performance by At the Racket in Glencolumbkille in 1998. Sean Ryan's came from the playing of Liz Carroll. Composed by Canadian piper Colin Magee, Troy's Wedding had been a favorite of Kaitlin's for years before it settled as "the kicker" at the end of this set of jigs.

Roisin the Bow

John sings this song, dedicated to the late Jerry Holland, recorded live with audience participation at Paddy's Pub on Milwaukee's East Side.

"It's the end of the road. It's been a good run. Thanks for the tunes. Thanks for the fun. And now as I know the way I must go, I ask you to think of the man with the bow." So long, Jerry.