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Evan and I had been talking about playing together for over a year when I messaged him from my hotel room in Terang, Victoria and asked if he wanted to join me for a short recording session with renowned engineer, Scott Faris, on my return from Australia in August 2022.
I’m so glad the opportunity came together. Thank you so much to Evan for the generosity of his time (including the long commutes!) and the incredible music! I look forward to every opportunity to play with you.
All of the tunes recorded here have really great stories that go with them - many of which are best heard when we perform live. However, it is worth noting that I learned "A Trip to Killarney" from the great Australian guitarist, Peter Daffy (though any mistakes are mine!). Also, all of the reels in track 5 are settings I learned from Randal Bays.
I am especially indebted to Randal for all of the tunes he's taught me over the years and to Peter, who has encouraged me in every aspect of performing. Thank you both for your immense patience with me.
Evan is a pianist and flutist based in Austin, Texas. His journey into Irish traditional music began while studying jazz piano at Florida State University. His style of accompaniment seamlessly blends the traditional with the contemporary, at times drawing on the lush, harmonic influences of such jazz pianists as Bill Evans, and Keith Jarrett. He holds three first-place titles in senior divisions for solo piano, piano accompaniment, and original tune from the Mid-Atlantic Fleadh, as well as second place on flute. Apart from the duo with Laura, Evan is also a member of the traditional Irish music band, Fiárock. A passionate educator as well, he has held workshops at various Irish music festivals, and lectured as a guest artist at universities and high schools both in the United States and abroad.