IRISH GUITAR ENCORES by El McMeen ($17.98)

SHAN 97017



What People Are saying About Irish Guitar Encores


The unaccompanied acoustic guitar is not a much-practiced tradition in Irish music, although England's John Renbourn and France's Pierre Bensusan have successfully included Celtic tunes in their solo repertoire. America's McMeen follows closely in the footsteps of his labelmate Renbourn and Bensusan in using unorthodox tunings, treble/bass combinations and a fluid, cyclical style to make 19 of the prettiest melodies in Irish folk music sound fresh again in this new context. McMeen's specialty is his creation of warm, romantic overtones that allow the notes to blend into each other.

The Washington Post

...Irish tunes ranging from the very obscure to "Will Ye Go Lassie Go" and "The Gypsy Rover" adapted for guitar by a virtuoso player...

The New York Daily News

El McMeen's "Irish Guitar Encores" shows a sensitivity in style reminiscent of classical guitarists....McMeen is a virtuoso, carefully choosing picking styles and guitar tunings to match the pieces he's performing...

Boston Patriot Ledger

"Unbridled acoustic beauty"

Guitar Player Magazine

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Irish Guitar Encores
(Shanachie 97017) 1992

  • Danny Boy
    (guitar transcription)
  • My Mary Of The Curling Hair
    (guitar transcription)
  • Castle of Dromore
  • The Blarney Pilgrim Jig
  • Inisheer Air
  • Medley:One Morning in May / Boys of The Ould Brigade
  • Sheebeg and Sheemore
  • The Humours of Ballyloughlin Jig
  • Will Ye Go, Lassie, Go?
  • Song For Ireland
  • Bridget Cruise 3rd Air
  • The Gypsy Rover
  • Eleanor Plunkett
  • Carolan's Receipt
  • Bridget Cruise 4th Air
  • Carolan's #179
  • Carolan's Cottage