Dans de les Marionettes - February/April 2005
For something completely different, Idlewild’s new recording is ultra-traditional, albeit the tradition in question is from France and Central Europe . David Sharp is the band’s central focus on mountain dulcimers, recorders, whistle, flute and mandolin. Carol Sharp adds hammered dulcimer, Celtic harp, Gothic Bray harp, bowed psaltery, whistle and tambourine while friends of the band contribute button accordion, guitar, hurdy gurdy, tenor recorder, clarinet, piano accordion and piccolo trumpet. There are a generous thirty-one cuts on “Dans de les Marionettes” and they are described as Breton, French, Italian, Dutch, Belgian, and German. This is courtly music, but it has a definite pulse to it as well. “Renaissance music with soul” is as good a description as any. Idlewild does a great job in playing all of the tunes with sprightly grace and imaginative arrangements.
Dulcimer Player News
Volume 31, No. 1 – Feb. 2005-April 2005
This is a review of the article written on the album "Black Oak" in the Summer 2000 issue of "The Dulcimer Player News." It is a national periodical for mountain and hammer dulcimer players. The article is by Neal Walters.
David Sharp specializes in early music played on the mountain dulcimer. Black Oak contains mostly rare and unusual (to me at least) tunes from various European traditions including Ireland, Scotland, Croatia, France, England, Wales and the Isle of Man with the odd tune from Afghanistan and Shaker America thrown in for good measure, David also plays flute, whistle, bodhran, mandola, mandolin, tenor banjo, fiddle, guitar and bones with Carol Sharp on bowed psaltery, zils (before you ask, I have no idea but it sounds good!), and tambourine. That sounds like it could be a bit muddy but this is not the case. The mountain dulcimer is out front and the arrangements are, in fact, somewhat spare as you might expect a wandering minstrel to perform them. David's playing is straightforward and thoroughly evokes the feeling of the original settings of these tunes. This is clearly a labor of love and there is definitely a lot of good material here. There are several originals that fit nicely with the ultra-traditional material. Includes Garcons de la Montagne, Black Oak, The Helston Furry, Orientus Partibus, The Tight Little Island.
Black Oak -
This is the review in the "Salt Lake Weekly" for the year 2000 top 40 local album picks.
Dal Riada - The Wild Geese
It isn't quite Riverdance and it isn't even Lord of the Dance, so what's up with the subtitle "Celtic music by Dal Riada"? It's traditional Celtic music played on traditional instruments. For the most part, 'The Wild Geese' is a peaceful affair. The duo making up Dal Riada can cut loose with a jig if the mood strikes - incidentally, creating a mood is a major reason to seek out Wild Geese, one of the area's loveliest discs. ----William Athey
From Ogden School district teacher Christian Fasy:
"Every time the tapestry of reality thins a little, those times that you're sure magic is leaking into our world, the times you'd expect to see faeries or goblins in the shadows....we think of you two with your harp and flute ....as though expecting to hear your music floating, providing the measure to the dance of the will-o-thewisps in our minds."