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Sleeve Notes for Dance in the Shadow by Benji Kirkpatrick

Dance in the ShadowMainly music, but some songs, on bouzouki, guitar, mandolin, bodhran, with oboe additions from Paul Sartin


Hailing from the wild hills of Shropshire, Benji is the progeny of two reknowned and  prolific musicians (and parents).  His first experience of recording was on his fathers 1994 album Earthling, then in 1995 he led his band The Hedgerows into the path of Mrs. Caseys Music who asked him to contribute a track (Robin Hood  - The Tolling Bell) to their first Evolving Tradition album, released to great national acclaim.  

The Hedgerows enjoyed the next few years regularly gigging, first as a five-piece, then as a duo - their most notable performances being at the Barbican Centre (the launch for Evolving Tradition), Mid-Wales Festival, Towersey Village Festival, Sidmouth Festival and as support for Altan, The Oysterband, The John Kirkpatrick Band, Craobh Rua, The Dharmas, etc. etc. . .

Benji now performs  as a soloist, as well as with The John Kirkpatrick Band.

2006 - Benji now also performs with Bellowhead and Faustus.

Track Notes

1 Goatherder

2 Ridgewalkers

3 The Star of Munster

4 Bubbles in the Earth

5 Without Words

6 Trooper and the Maid

7 The Round House Jigs

8 Paddy Cronins No. 2/Kitty in the Lane

9 The Curragh of Kildare

10 Up in the Air

11 Stay Where You Are/ The Foxhunters Jig/ The Merry Blacksmith

12 The Bold Pedlar

13 The Maid in the Cherry Tree/ The New Demesne