- IRISH AMERICAN NEWS
"...simply arranged, warm and tuneful collection of fiddle tunes, featuring a mix of seldom-heard reels, jigs, hornpipes and slow airs from Ireland and Scotland and a few originals. The emphasis seems to be on melody rather than flash, and the result is another very pleasant fiddle disc."
- DIRTY LINEN
"Ellery is an excellent fiddler. Her style is very optimistic, full of sensitivity and hardly simple. She walks well the balance...between classical and traditional folk fiddling; likewise Salt & Pepper treads between 'traditional' and 'progressive...'"
-JUDITH GENNETT, GREEN MAN REVIEW
Ellery Klein's fiddling encompasses both old-style traditional Irish playing and high-energy music flavored with an American sound. She always aims to share her love of music with audiences, who enjoy her great energy and skillful, energetic yet delicate playing.
Ellery is currently touring nationwide full-time with Gaelic Storm, whose albums have consistently reached #2 on Billboard world music charts. She is featured on Gaelic Storm recordings, "How Are We Getting Home?" and "Bring Yer Wellies," due out in July 2006; as well as their live DVD "Gaelic Storm: Live in Chicago!"
Ellery's first solo project, "Salt & Pepper," was recorded in Ireland in 2001. She was earning an MA in Traditional Irish Music Performance at the University of Limerick, Ireland that year. In the middle of a fantastic year filled with talented musicians, tunes and a little Guinness, she knew she couldn't leave Ireland without recording a CD. The album features a mix of Irish, Scottish and Cape Breton tunes, as well as several new compositions by Ellery.
Ellery toured the U.S. with fellow Limerick graduates, Irish banjo player Olive Brennan and Scottish pianist James Ross, in 2001 and 2002. Their fresh, innovative approach to traditional music was very well received. Ellery has appeared several times in singer Cathie Ryan's band. Her fiddling can be heard on the soundtrack of the documentary "The Golden Age of NASCAR." Previously, she lived in Vermont, where she was a founding member of Celtic Rock bands Whisky Before Breakfast and jighead.
Salt & Pepper Guest Musicians:
Olive Brennan, Ireland: banjo
Tommy Carew, Ireland: guitar
Ian Carr, England: guitar
Sandra Joyce, Ireland: bodhran
Eileen Mize, USA: step dancing
Brian Morrissey, Ireland: percussion
Eoin O'Neill, Ireland: bouzouki
Micheal O Suilleabhain, Ireland: piano
Katie Pritt, USA: cello
Nicole Rabata, USA: flute
James Ross, Scotland: piano
Rob Stein, USA: guitar
"The afternoon's top draw [Cincinnati Celtic Festival] was the tunes...A treat was Ellery Klein & Thri Nua. Led by Ms. Klein, the trio shifted between their new... compositions and versions of traditional reels fueled by Olive Brennan's banjo..it all fit."
Check out the artist's website:
1. Marie's Cabin/Rachel on Her Feet - mazurkas
2. The Bouncing Trailer/Inver Bank/John Brady's - jigs
3. The Graf Spey - reel
4. The Long German/Belle of the Ball - barndances
5. Unexpected Jubilation/The Picnic Reel/Jennie Nettle - air/reel/S
6. Bernie Cunnion's/The Wedding Jig/Strike the Gay Harp - jigs
7. The Chancellor/The Peacock's Feather - hornpipes
8. Rowing From Isla to Uist - air
9. The Happy Reel/MacDarra O Raghallaigh's/Farewell to Ireland - re
10. The Sunshine Reel/Man of Aran/Jimmy's Return - reels
11. Old Time Wedding Reel #1/The Preserving Reel/An Droichaid Chliut
12. Under Osaka - pure madness!!!