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Silly Wizard

Generally considered the world's finest performers of traditional and contemporary Scottish music -- and with good reason. Silly Wizard's music is at once driving and sensitive, powerful and poignant, at times hypnotic, often humorous, with sensitive group interplay and virtuoso-level musicianship, particularly from brothers Phil (accordion, keyboards, whistles, guitar, vocals) and Johnny (fiddle) Cunningham. Their repertoire includes centuries-old instrumental dance music along with traditional and contemporary narrative ballads: tales of joy and woe, of men and women, of time and travel, of love and loss. Silly Wizard is not just another folk music group; they rank with the greatest creators and performers from any country from any time.

Several members of the group, particularly the Cunningham brothers and vocalist Andy Stewart, have made solo and duo recordings and have performed and recorded with other artists, primarily Scottish traditionalists. These recordings are also well worth investigating, but get the Silly Wizard stuff first. ~ Niles J. Frantz
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Unrelenting sadness, conveyed my master musicians. Some Scots ballads are as stark and emotionally true as Greek mythology.
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What a beautiful ballad!
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tryna.owen
If you get a chance, go to YouTube and watch their live concert. Not only is the music sublime, but Andy and Johnny are a hoot.
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bobyrne1984
Among the best performers from any country and any time.
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angels4mike
All the best Celtic artists aren't recording anymore. (Except the high kings.)
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Very Peaceful
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momgmi
A Scots woman enjoyin' the sounds of a great Scots man's voice.
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obiwansean9
nobody else listens to this beautiful music from my generation!
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I love the words to this song, it's truly beautiful.
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nunnayobiz42 0
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Loch Tay Boat Song simple absolute beauty!
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The Fishermen's Song is haunting. I hear it and it stays with me for days. I find myself singing it or humming it at the oddest times. Very powerful indeed!
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brilliance in a dull land. Blackbird is so forlorn like the digging up of old yew
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These lads were regulars featured on The Thistle and Shamrock, an NPR radio show of music from the Celtic lands hosted by Fiona Ritchie. I was blown away by the astonishing performances of the brothers Cunningham. I howled with laughter when I first heard them just to know that human beings were capable of such virtuosity and spirit. My hair stood on end and shivers ran down my spine. Aye mates, twas a fine thing it twas, keeps these old Irish eyes a smilin'.
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I also have been a fan for over 25 years and was greatly saddened by Johnny's passing. His solo albums are amazing as well. however, my favorite album by him is one he did with his brother called Against the Storm. it is hard to find now, but definitely worth the search.
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I've been a fan of theirs for over 25 years. I was privileged to see them in concert twice. I also was able to see Johnny Cunningham in a solo concert before he passed away.
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They are still the best and the most capable of bring tear to mine eyes.
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While there's breath in my body...they' r e the ones I love still...
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ce.evenstar
I discovered Silly Wizard from the cd collection at my local public library over 10 years ago. I still love them!
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duaneschroed t e r
I love Silly Wizard and Dougie macClean
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bliss
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slapshot1894
Sends you to another world! Fantastic.
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modineb
I agree with michaels450- i'd like to have some bothy band on pandora
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Also include "Battlefield Band"
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Definitely need more music by Silly Wizard, Andy M. Stewart, and the Cunningham Bros.
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i agree the best is not here. Also how about a few other close companions like planxty and the Bothy Band both missing from Pandora
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wmkmerritt
We definitely need a larger selection of this group's music
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ceandra
Why didn't Silly Wizard's music come up when I searched for Andy Stewart or The Queen of Argylle? You chose Tom Petty and Stone Cold! Definitely not the Cetic music for which I was in the mood.
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Get more of their albums! They have so many powerful songs, like Donald McGillavry or The Queen of Argyll. And get Andy Stewarts solo album, "at it again", especially the song "Haughs of Cromdale".

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