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The Gnomes



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The Gnomes play an energetic blend of Celtic and World Music featuring Cathy Clapser Torch, Phil Edmonds, Otis Read, Peter Breen, and Ron Schmitt. All the band members have performed and recorded with several Rhode Island ensembles over the years and are well-known throughout the region. Instrumentation includes: fiddle, whistle, accordion, guitar, bass, percussion, vocals. . Their music features a wide range of styles - Celtic, Scandinavian, eastern European, and original

The band clearly dips into a well of life experience to cull such convincing performances of Scandinavian, Eastern European, and general World Music. The Gnomes are made up of Irish-born Phil Edmonds on button accordion and whistles, acclaimed violinist Cathy Clasper-Torch, percussionist Ron Schmitt, staple on the New England scene bassist Peter Breen, and producer/musician extraordinaire Otis Read on guitar. Though these musicians regularly turn up on projects with Joyce Katzberg, Atwater-Donnelly, and other regional regulars, To The Dance Floor serves as the assembled lineup’s first recorded project.

Though many of the traditional songs herein contain instantly recognizable classic melodies, it’s the original compositions by Phil Edmonds that spotlight the proficiency of this unusually gratifying group. The title track is, as described on the CD’s liner notes, a fusion of Irish and Cape Verdean-influenced music.

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