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The UK & Ireland Dobro Celebration
1. David Currie – Pig Foot Clinch (Trad)
2. CJ Hillman – CJ’s Bounce
3. Chris Eaton – Salt Creek/Cherokee Shuffle (Trad)
4. Martin Harley – Cowboys in Hawaii
5. Michael Messer & Pete Webber – Chimes (Trad)
6. Noel Dashwood – Spraying Mud
7. Henry Senior – The Effra Coffin
8. Darren Jones – Give Me Some Reasons
9. Phillip Henry – Domino Road
10.Bruno Pichler with Lewis Cohen – Come Down Jehovah (Chris Wood)
11.Colin Henry - Imperfection
12.John Gleeson - Both Sides Now (Joni Mitchell)
13.Ted Ponsonby - Snowy Breasted Pearl (Trad) Twixt Cup & Lip
Produced/compiled by Chris Eaton.
Mastered by Red Red Paw.
All songs are original compositions, unless otherwise credited.
The trademark ‘Dobro’ is used with permission from Gibson Guitars.
This album is a celebration of acoustic lap steel resonator guitars, played with a steel bar. Within the country/bluegrass music scene this instrument is known as a Dobro.
The word ‘Dobro’ is a blending of Dopyera brothers. This Slovakian family invented and manufactured the instrument in the 1920/30s, in an attempt to increase the volume of acoustic guitars through the use of a resonator system. They succeeded.
The word is now a trademark owned by Gibson Guitars and is often used as a generic name to describe any resonator guitar, but as I said; this collection showcases lap steels, not regular slide or fretted resonators.
In November 2022 I visited Nashville to attend Reso Summit Slide Fest. This experience inspired me to try and bring together some of the best lap steel guitarists from the UK and Ireland. Each artist submitted a track, most of them recorded especially for this compilation. There’s a wide range of styles on offer, providing a snapshot of the different Dobro tones and techniques in the British Isles. Enjoy.
Chris Eaton, April 2023.