About the Players
Who Plays 'Em
Ahh, Dennis. Dennis was the first professional endorser of Running Dog Guitars and is one of my guitar heroes. Playing with Martin Hayes, Dennis has virtually redefined the place of the guitar in Irish music. If you haven't listened to 'Live in Seattle' or one of the other CDs from this duo, do so ASAP! Dennis plays a redwood/rosewood cutaway Parlor and a redwood/cherry Sprite.
Paul is a friend, great player, and great set of ears. He often critiques my efforts and I am richer because of his thoughts. His two solo CDs, 'Steel String Americana' and 'Roots & Branches' are fine compendia of playing styles, showing just how versatile and talented Paul is.
Arty McGlynn ordered a cutaway Parlor after playing Dennis Cahill's. If you name a great Irish ensemble of the last twenty-some years, chances are that Arty founded it or played and recorded with it. Planxty, Patrick Street, Van Morrison, De Dannan... all have benefitted from Arty's playing. He and his wife, fiddler Nollaig Casey, did much of the music in the movie 'Waking Ned Devine'. Arty doesn't really have a website of his own, but this link will take you to a page with information about both Arty and Nollaig.
Ian Clark and Pierre Schryer made a great CD –'Heat of the Moment'. Ian plays his Running Dog Concert Jumbo on several cuts, and Pierre plays great fiddle on all of the tracks. I don't know where you can get this other than at festivals and gigs or Pierre's website. Be sure to catch either or both of these players when they are in your area!
Chip Wilson is an old friend and one of my mentors in lutherie. When he ordered a Mini Jumbo (Adirondack , koa, Manzer wedge, micropearl), it was a signal honor. Chip plays virtually every day and every night in the French Quarter of New Orleans –check him out whenever you're in the Crescent City, and be sure to say Hi! for me.