"She stepped away from me and she moved through the fair And fondly I watched her move here and move there And then she went homeward with one star awake As the swan in the evening moves over the lake" "Home Ground" is the new album from Ireland's voice of luxury Nyle Wolfe. A beautiful collection of nostalgic Irish songs including Maire My Girl, Red is the Rose, Molly Malone, She Moved Through the Fair and Danny Boy. Recorded in New York at Kampo Studios in January 2009 Nyle is accompanied by an impressive international line-up. New Yorker Jeff Lipstein plays Percussion. Jeff has performed with artists such as David Johansen, Jane Siberry, And You Will Know Us, By The Trail of Dead, Clem Snide, The East Village Opera Company, Blue Man Group, Rebekah Jordan and many others. Jeff is currently performing weekly at the Astor Place production of the Blue Man Group and the Broadway production of Spring Awakening and with the East Village Opera Company. Both acoustic and electric Bass are provided by Kiwi Richard Hammond. Born in Dargaville, New Zealand Richard moved to Auckland at age 18 and quickly became one of the most in-demand bassists, performing and recording with New Zealand's top artists, including Nathan Haines, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Moana & the Moahunters, The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Tim Finn. Tara Novak shines on violin and also contributes too many of the arrangements on the album. Tara ascribes her broad range of technique to her years spent studying with the international concert violinist Benny Kim, time at Berklee College of Music, and the diversity demanded of a free-lancing musician. She is the lead violinist with both the Three Irish Tenors and Druid and has toured throughout Ireland, the UK, Holland, North America, and the Caribbean. She has performed with Disney's 'The Lion King,' Rod Stewart, and Mannheim Steamroller. Busy on flute, clarinet and soprano saxophone Hawaiian woodwind player Allen Won adds an extra cultural element to the collection. Allen's eclectic performance itinerary has encompassed playing with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, many of the orchestras in and around New York including the New York Philharmonic, the New York City Ballet, the City Opera, The New Jersey Philharmonic and various jazz and experimental groups. He has recorded along with Kenny Garrett, Thomas Chapin, John Hollenbeck, Theo Bleckmann, Jerome Kitzke, Benny Rietveld and Tiger Okoshi. The vast talent of David Wray solidifies the recording with his sensitive arrangements and beautiful piano playing. David trained at Lancaster University and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He was assistant to the director of The English Bach Festival, London and is currently artistic director of Music Theatre Ireland who's productions have included Kander and Ebbs The World Goes Round, Red Hot & Cole, The Glorious MGM Musicals, The Great American Songwriters Series, Noel and Gertie, A New York Songbook, Simply Sondheim and I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. He is also Musical Director for Opera in the Open, Dublin, The Three Irish Tenors and for American songstress Danna Davis. The all important mixing and mastering was done by Robert L. Smith assisted by Ariosto Arata.. After 20 years of working with the biggest names in music, Robert's resume reads like a who's who of modern pop music. His experience with working with the best musicians in the world has given him a unique perspective. His past clients include: Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, Billy Joel, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Neil Young, George Benson, Harry Connick Jr., Antonio Carlos Jobim, Diana Ross, Rickie Lee Jones, Jon Bon Jovi, Carly Simon and about 300 more Last but not least the vocalist, Nyle has had a residency in the international operatic scene for most of his life. His distinguished debut album, Moodswings (2007) enhanced his enviable resume of live performances and has led to worldwide recognition. He graduated London's Royal Academy of Music with their highest academic award and won a scholarship to complete his training at Zurich's prestigious International Opera Studio. He made his European debut in Beatrice and Benedict at the Champ D'Elysee theatre Paris. From 2001 until 2006 Nyle was principle lyric baritone of the Musiktheater i'm Revier in Germany. He has sung with all the Irish opera companies and orchestras and after thousands of performances in distinguished venues throughout Europe and North America, he has honed a reputation as one of the most talented vocalists of his generation. He has sung for international monarchs and presidents including Queen Elizabeth II, Bill Clinton and Taoiseach Brian Cowen. He has made numerous recordings with companies such as Sony, RTE, BBC, lyric FM and Naxos. His distinguished debut album, "Moodswings" released in 2007 and distributed online enhanced his enviable resume of live performances and has led to future engagements as far away as New Zealand and Antarctica. Home Ground 2009 Nyle Wolfe - Vocals David Wray - Piano Jeff Lipstein - Percussion Richard Hammond - Bass Tara Novak - Violin Allen Won - Woodwind Recorded, mixed and mastered by Robert L. Smith Kampo Studios & Defy Recordings NYC Assistant Engineer: Ariosto Arata Produced by Nyle P. Wolfe Co-Produced and Musical Direction David Wray 1 - Trad. (Arr. Wray/Novak) 2 - Trad. (Arr. Wray) 3 - J K Casey & G B Aitken (Arr. Wray) Chappell Music Ltd 4 - Trad. (Arr. Wray/Novak) 5 - Trad. (Arr. Wray) 6 - J.L. Molloy (Arr. Wray) 7 - Patrick Kavanagh (Arr. Wray) 8 - Stephen Foster (Arr. Wray/Novak) 9 - Trad. / Graham (Arr. Wray) Peermusic 10 - Weatherly (Arr. Wray) 11 - Maguire (Arr. Wray) Waltons.