Great Big Taters
This is the low lonesome sound of cellos playing authentic fiddle tunes - rowdy, stately, rhythmic and unbelivably beautiful. Renata is proud to have recorded these tunes with her friends, the amazingly versatile guitarist Jim Lewin and the two finest fiddling cellists in the world today - Rushad Eggleston and Natalie Haas. Musicians: Renata Bratt with Natalie Haas, Rushad Eggleston and Kristina Forester, cellos Jim Lewin, guitar ****** Poet Paul Zarzyski writes: Maybe it's just me, maybe I've watched way too many silver-screen horse operas--from Shane to J.W. Coop to McCabe and Mrs. Miller, from Lonely Are The Brave to Lonesome Dove to Dances With Wolves--but Renata Bratt's GREAT BIG TATERS lopes me back to my favorite Great Big True-Gritters. Because her verve roams the whole soulful open range of creativity. Because her bow arcs star-to-star, vista-after-big-two-hearted-vista, across musical frontiers. In the keenly enunciated words of The Twilight Zone's Rod Serling, 'imagine if you will' Annie Oakley meets Pablo Casals. ****** Renata has performed with luminaries such as Liz Carroll and John Doyle, Darol Anger and Alasdair Fraser and played back-up with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, David Sanborn, Lyle Lovett, and Dionne Warwick. Rolling Stone dubbed her an 'ace performer' for her work recording and touring with alternative rocker Cindy Lee Berryhill's Garage Orchestra. She teaches classical styles, jazz improvisational and fiddling techniques at national string workshops for children and adults (including the Mancini Institute, The Mark O'Connor String Conference, Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling Camp, IAJE, ASTA, MENC and Suzuki institutes and conferences), been an invited recitalist at the Spanish Embassy in Rome, and is a past president of the Suzuki Music Association of California. Here are the artists on each track. Renata is on the left in the mix: 1. Elzic's Farewell (USA) Renata, Rushad Eggleston, cellos, Jim Lewin, guitar 2. Star of the County Down (Irish) Renata, Natalie Haas, cellos; Jim Lewin, guitar 3. Cripple Creek (USA) Renata, Rushad Eggleston, cellos; Jim Lewin, guitar 4. Shebeg Shemor (Irish) Renata, Natalie Haas, Kristina Forester, cellos 5. The Long Bow (Liz Carroll)/ The Road to Lisdoonvarna (Irish) Renata, Natalie Haas, Kristina Forester, cellos. Jim Lewin, guitar 6. Great Big Taters (USA) Renata, cello, Jim Lewin, guitar 7. Lament for the First Generation (Liz Carroll) Renata, Natalie Haas cellos, Jim Lewin, guitar 8. The Girl That Broke My Heart (Irish)/Marie Dips the Bread (Canadian) Renata, Rushad Eggleston, cellos, Jim Lewin guitar 9. Down in the Willow Garden (USA) Renata, Natalie Haas, cellos; Jim Lewin, guitar 10. Saint Anne's Reel (Canadian)/Miss Mary MacDonald (Scottish - Laura Risk's version) Renata, Natalie Haas, cellos; Jim Lewin, guitar.