Johnny Doherty

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One of the last of the travelling musicians, Donegal fiddler Doherty was also a link to an extinct world in which Irish music was not the purview of self-conscious and essentially Ivory Tower Celticizers, but of a Celtic culture both part of and distinct within wider northwest European culture. Some found Doherty detached and overly austere. That wasn't detachment, that was the impersonality of the artist working within a major tradition rather than just imitating it. There are a dozen or so essential Irish recordings, of which this is one. The rest is conservation...

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