I first heard Tony DeMarco in the Catskills at the Irish Arts Week when I was a teenager. I loved his rhythm and bowing, and found out later that he actually knew the Hammons Family as well, which is really cool. I wanted to record something together because of this connection. When I came to Brooklyn we picked a tune in common, Fisher's Hornpipe, an Irish tune that has moved into the old time repertoire as well. I originally played banjo but later switched to piano accompaniment. That year, we lost a great musician when Felix Dolan passed away who I had also met and learned from in the Catskills. So I think it's nice to have the piano.
We go into another Irish/old time blended tune with fiddler Cleek Schrey who I grew up with and piper Joey Abarta, who I had met on my most recent trip to Catskills. It was wonderful to have to the opportunity to record with them. We picked Barlow Knife which I had already tried in Irish/Old Time combo after a project with Zan McLeod, Peter Brice and Matthew Olwell. I think they got the idea from a friend.
I actually wanted to record something modal or something more complex but with the logisitics of getting the session together we chose tunes in common. I think what came across in this medley is a feeling of having fun with friends playing lively tunes. I think the sound of dancing also adds a nice liveliness to it. Look out for more in the future as I keep studying Irish tunes and finding them on banjo or other instruments.