Donal Baylor has been a sideman for acts as diverse and Mic Conway and Slim Dusty and also been an integral part of such bands as the Dancehall Racketeers and Bluegrass Parkway. He’s been a two-time Australian fiddle champion and a recipient of a Kentucky Colonel honorary award. Now, finally, he’s released his first solo CD. This momentous bluegrass and old timey event features Donal on fiddle and guitar as well as some of our best pickers lending a hand.
I’m really proud that all the pickers are Victorian and it shows that we do have something meaningful to say – and hopefully it is worth hearing – Donal Baylor
The album, Town and Country Fiddler features Donal Baylor on fiddle and guitar with Steve Gilchrist – mandolin, Pete Fidler – Dobro, Mick Harrison – banjo, Hamish Davidson – banjo, Lachlan Davidson – mandolin, Andy Baylor – guitar, Mike St.Clair-Miller – double bass, Chris Jacobs – vocals, Ruth Hazleton – harmony vocals.
You’ll find “Donal Baylor – Fiddle” on a lot of albums produced over the last 25 odd years. This is Donal’s first attempt at one of his own. One may ask why this has taken so long. But when dealing with a man of Donal’s calibre, where there is an exceptional ability, there is also a countervailing humility and Donal would simply not be so presumptuous. His many, many fans – everyone who has played with him or sat in the audience, have clearly worn him down. So here we have it, Town and Country Fiddler, from one of the best of those that we know – John Taylor.
- Daybreak in Dixie
- Southern Aristocracy
- White Rose Waltz
- Goodbye to the Blues
- Laughing Boy/Old Bell Cow
- Farewell to Long Hollow
- Town and Country Fiddler
- Elzick’s Farewell
- Fourteen Days in Georgia
- I Heard That Lonesome Whistle Blow
- Jekyll Island
- The Waltz You Saved For Me
- My Father’s Footsteps
- Kansas City Railroad Blues
- When I Grow Too Old to Dream
My Father’s Footsteps [audio:https://australianbluegrass.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/s-Footsteps-sample.mp3|titles=My Father’s Footsteps]
Farewell To Long Holow [audio:https://australianbluegrass.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/Farewell-to-Long-Hollow-sample.mp3|titles=Farewell to Long Hollow]
Goodbye To The Blues [audio:https://australianbluegrass.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/Goodbye-to-the-Blues-sample.mp3|titles=Goodbye to the Blues (sample)]