For Each New Day
Jennifer's 3rd Album
For Each New Day consists of 12 tracks of fiddle tunes exquisitely played. It is more traditional than Wings both in the choice of tunes and arrangements. It showcases Jennifer's remarkably gift for interpreting traditional tunes in a way that makes them extraordinarily lively and engaging. Jennifer's technical skills as a fiddler are clearly evident here, but what makes this album special is the feeling she gives to each set of tunes, and the lift and joy in her music. This CD is wonderful listening, or great to dance to.
The quality of this album is so consistently high, it is hard to pick a favorite set of tunes. I have to say my favorite is Jennifer's absolute superb version of challenging march Johnny Cope. Even beyond the lovely playing on the other tracks, Jennifer's command of this piece and the spectacular feeling she infuses into it, would anyone sit up and take notice. Jennifer has been in the top rank of Cape Breton fiddlers for at least a decade, and this album will hopefully bring her all the recognition and fans that she so richly deserves. Thanks, Jennifer giving us such a terrific CD!
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List of Tracks & Tunes and Jennifer's Liner Notes:
Red Haired Lass, Gravel Walk and Upside Down in Eden Court are tunes that I learned over the years having heard them played at sessions and dances. Mrs. Beatty Wallace can be found in the Heather Hill Collection of Fiddle Tunes by Dan R. Mac Donald.
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2. Highland Set
This is a great set of jigs that I learned in the years when I first began playing, while attending C.B. Fiddler practices, and festivals at the Gaelic College in Cape Breton. The Highland Jig and St. Nicholas Boat (full title is So I'm Off with the Good St. Nicholas Boat) can be found in the Brenda Stubbert Collection of Fiddle Tunes, and were recorded in the early sixties by legendary fiddler, Winston "Scotty" Fitzgerald.
3. This Flower I Pick For You Slow air Jennifer Roland
There is a very special story behind this air that I'd like to share. I composed it in late October '04, after a visit with my dad at the MacGillivray Guest home in Sydney, NS. Shortly after the initial recording of this piece, my father, who endured a humble battle for 13 years with Parkinson's disease, peacefully passed away surrounded by myself, my mom and my brothers and sisters. He left behind a legacy that he was truly proud of and loved with all of his heart; his family, his music, as well as his love for the sea. This piece was inspired by, and written for my hero who is my dad, and is dedicated in his beautiful memory to the Parkinson's Society of Canada for which I am honored to be the musical ambassador and spokesperson. The official flower of Parkinson's is the tulip. The flower in the title is represented by the melody of this tune that was inspired by my fathers love for music and his influence in my life. He is always in my heart and continuously drives my passion and devotion towards music and life.
4. Editor's Favorite
This is a selection of well-known tunes that have been played by many Cape Breton players both young and old. I learned Miller of Drone from the Skye Collection, Neil R. MacDonald's is a great strathspey by Dan R. and can be found in his book, The Heather Hill Collection. The Red Shoes is published in the Winston Fitzgerald Collection. The Hurricane can be located in the Scott Skinner Collection. Castle Hornpipe is found in the One Thousand Tunes Book sometimes referred to as Ryan's Collection.
5. Master Crowley's
I learned this tune and its version from renowned fiddler, Ivonne Hernandez from Vancouver, B.C. This tune can be found in many Irish Session Books and has numerous arrangements with variations. This version is in the key of E minor, up a full tone from where it is written in most of the above-mentioned books.
6. Alyssa Crystal Dawn's Waltz Waltz Robert Randle
I learned this tune from a great composer, fiddler, and friend, Robert Randle from Kam Valley, Ontario. He wrote it for a fiddle student of his. Robert is one of those special people that I have met throughout this musical journey who shares with me the same true love, understanding and passion for music. I have great respect for this gentleman, for he possesses a true spirit for the gift of music.
7. Cape Dauphin Set
These jigs came to me one summer afternoon while playing tunes in the kitchen. The first jig is for my good friend, Allie Bennett who produced all three of my recordings. Kyle Mac Neil of the Barra Mac Neils, was my teacher when I was little. The second is written for my sister Gloria. Cape Dauphin is for a special group of friends of mine with whom I get together and enjoy lots of good tunes each summer in Cape Dauphin, which over looks the ocean and Bird Islands of Cape Breton.
8. Five Way Street
Both Linea's Lilt and Five Way Street, are composed by Rob Randle whom I previously introduced. These tunes hold proof that he is an accomplished composer. I learned the tune William Norbert's from Jason Kempt, which was written by a wonderfully talented gal, Doris Mason from New Glasgow, NS with whom I've had the pleasure to work with on several occasions over the course of my career.
Johnny Cope is a classic tune and is one of my favorite tunes to play. I composed the reel Kam Valley Fiddlers, for a group of young ladies and their instructor Rob Randle, who are special friends of mine from the Thunder Bay area. The strathspeys are traditional ones introduced years ago by the late Angus Chisholm. East of Neuk O'Fife is a timeless tune of Scottish tradition. The variations played here are from the J. Scott Skinner book, The Scottish Violinist. The final reel is a tune that I wrote for a wonderful student and friend of mine, who is one of many of my students who was born with the natural love of music.
The first tune was written for my little feathered friend, Lewis, who made sure I knew he was in the room while I tried to concentrate on writing it. I learned the Thunderhead jig from a great band from Cork, Ireland called North Cregg, with whom I had the pleasure of traveling overseas in both March of '99 and '00. Garrett's Jig is for my newest little nephew. He always brings a smile to my face.
11. Sadie's Waltz
Anyone who knows me will agree that my family is a tremendous part of my life. My mom is my best friend and one of my greatest influences. She has given me so much love and compassion throughout my life and has taught me the importance of following my heart as well as never under-estimating the power and significance of faith and love. Her abundant strength and genuine love deeply overwhelm me in such an inspiring way. Mom, I love you with all of my heart.
12. The Accents Set
This set was collaborated for a theatre show I had the pleasure to be part of called "Accents on Summer", which showcased the talent of the former band called The Accents. The title stuck with the medley.
Fiddle: Jennifer Roland
The CD was produced by Allie Bennet. It was recorded and mixed at Lakewind Sound Studios, Point Aconi, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia..
Updated: October 7, 2006.
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