Kari-On Productions is proud to introduce
Michael Hurdle & Paul Anderson
Artist: Michael Hurdle & Paul Anderson
CD Title: Highlands & Houston
Add Date: April 17, 2017
Street Date: March 27, 2017
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Michael Hurdle’s musical life began with a Christmas present from his dad, that was a plastic guitar. It was around that time the Beatles took America by storm. His early repertoire included “Yesterday,” “Secret Agent Man,” and other hits like “Ruby Tuesday.” This early exposure to music gave him his primer to his first real instrument, which was a 12 string Gibson he called Sister Rose, in honor of the former owner: a nun from church. With the Catholic Youth Organization, Michael played that guitar in the first “folk mass” offered in Virginia in 1966. They played from the last row in case things went badly! Seeds planted then grew into a lifetime of worship music in ministry and two CDs of original songs.
Hurdle’s love of many styles of music from folk, country/rock, soul music, funk and blues, and eventually his discovery and love of jazz blossomed. It is this full spectrum rounding that is a founding sound in his style and playing.
Michael pursued healthcare as a full-time career, but always found a creative outlet through music. Moving from Richmond, VA to Chicago, Ft. Lauderdale, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Toronto, San Diego and finally to Richmond, Texas near Houston. He played with local groups and always wrote about his life travels and experiences along the way. That was his truest passion, to see the title, “words and music by...” A number of friends from Richmond, VA went onto successful careers as players and performers in Nashville and around the country and served as mentors along the way.
Hurdle is a songwriter at heart, performer by love and a craftsman of his instrument. After winning several song contests in Houston in the early 90’s, Hurdle has written and recorded his own music in an eclectic style; sometimes conventional, sometimes not. Hurdle’s songs reflect the pain, joy, hope, love and faith that reflect real life. Other pursuits for his music include a project entitled “Signature Sounds,” original tunes licensed by organizations as corporate theme music.
Not bound by genre, but the pursuit of good music, Hurdle has collaborated on instrumental pieces with the incredible Scottish fiddler Paul Anderson, which is slated for release in Spring of 2017. The album entitled Highlands and Houston, is a profound melding of an international Scottish sound, laced with the Celtic sounds of “Rose of Glen Davin,” “Jeannie Mo Chride,” and “River Road.” Or tunes that feature Latin Rhythms, like on “Gypsy Joe,” or the Waltz of “Highland Moons” to the beautiful balladry of “A Fond Memory,” there is truly something for every connoisseur. So, what is the sum of the title. An international flair, with a focus on the world of Celtic, meshed with a Texas soulful aptitude.
Already something of a legend in the time-honored fiddle tradition of Scotland, Paul Anderson is the finest Scots fiddler of his generation. Although only in his forties, he is already something of an icon in Scotland, affect duly recognized by two specially commissioned portraits of him; a life sized one in the Aberdeen Art Gallery and a study in the care of the National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh.
In the tradition of many of Scotland’s great fiddlers, Paul is a composer of some repute having composed over 300 pieces in the Scots style. His music provided the theme tune for the movie Red Rose about the life of Robert Burns. Paul composed and recorded the theme music for the PBS television show, Tartan TV in the USA and in 2008 he was musical director for HMT’s Aberdeen critically acclaimed production of Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon. In 2008 Paul performed at a private reception for Prince Charles at Fyvie Castle to celebrate the Princes 60th birthday and in 2010 he performed at an 80th birthday in Edinburgh Castle for Sir Sean Connery at the request of the Scottish government. In 2011 Paul performed at Scotland House in Brussels for members of the EU parliament and at a Burns Supper in the British Embassy.
During his competitive career Paul won most of the traditional fiddle championships in Scotland and in 1995 won Scotland’s premier fiddling event, the Glenfiddich Scottish Fiddle Championship. Two of Paul’s private pupils subsequently won the same award.
A regular on Scottisg T.V. and radio, in 2011 he presented a series of features on traditional Scottish music and song for the BBC Scotland program “Landwards”. Paul has toured extensively and recorded eight solo albums and over 40 albums with artists like Pallas, Rock Salt and Nails, The Cutting Edge and the Banchory Strathspey and Reel Society. Paul regularly recites the poetry of Robert Burns and in 1993 played the role of the young James Scott Skinner in the play “The Strathspey King.”
Paul was brought up on the family dairy farm at Tarland near the Cairngorm National Park in the heart of rural Aberdeenshire, where at the age of five he discovered an old fiddle under his grandparents spare bed. It was an old French violin which he plays to this day. Paul, his wife the acclaimed singer Shona Donaldson, their two sons and border collie Dougal still live in Tarland.
Highlands and Houston, is a profound melding of an international Scottish sound, laced with the Celtic sounds of “Rose of Glen Davin,” “Jeannie Mo Chride,” and “River Road.” Or tunes that feature Latin Rhythms, like on “Gypsy Joe,” or the Waltz of “Highland Moons” to the beautiful balladry of “A Fond Memory,” there is truly something for every connoisseur. So, what is the sum of the title. An international flair, with a focus on the world of Celtic, meshed with a Texas soulful aptitude.
- Cabin Fever 4:40
- Window in the Clouds 4:18
- A Simple Tune 4:22
- The Rose of Glen Davan 1:55
- Highlands Moon 3:10
- Jeannie Mo Chridhe (My Heart) 4:46
- Gypsy Joe 3:12
- Fond Memories 3:27
- A Song from Charlotte 4:35
- River Road 3:28
- Scotland the Brave/Auld Lang Syne 3:50
Instrument - Player:
Michael Hurdle: Electric, Acoustic, Bass Guitars, Dobro, Cuban el Tres
Paul Anderson: Scottish Fiddle
Tim Solook: Drums
Al White: Percussion
David Craig: Bass Guitar
Tramane Munks, Sr.: Keyboard & Organ
Ian Murray: Baritone Mandolin (Jeannie Mo Chridhe)
Alastair MacDougall: Guitar/Vocals (Jeannie Mo Chridhe)
Rock Romano: Bass Guitar (Gypsy Joe)
Elisha Jordan and Braxton Edwards: Vocals
Hunter Schappaugh: Bagpipes