Sunday, October 10, 2010

Ricky Scaggs: Simple Life

Today we finish off our week long salute to the violin and fiddle with a Spiritual Sunday look at a Ricky Scaggs tune “Simple Life.” This reworking of this song is a confluence of styles and musicians representing old time American country music, bluegrass, Cajun, and traditional music from Scotland, Ireland, and England.

From America:
Ricky Scaggs on guitar and vocals.
Jerry Douglas (of Union Station) on Dobro®
Russ Barenburg on mandolin
Michael Doucet (of BeauSoleil) on fiddle

From Scotland:
Aly Bain (from the Boys of the Lough) on fiddle
Donald Shaw (from Capercaillie) on accordion
Iain MacDonald (from the Battlefield Band) on whistle

From Ireland:
Tommy Hayes on bodhrán

From England:
Danny Thompson (of Pentangle) on bass

As we take one look at the violin/fiddle, pay particular attention to Aly Bain (who is the primary fiddler) and Michael Doucet. The song ends with an impromptu jig which particularly showcases both fiddlers' talents.

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