Jennilee Martineau is a Winnipeg, MB., lass who comes at us with a fiddle and bow, and man does she know her way around the instrument. This gal can flat out play the fiddle, focusing her musical talents on traditional folk/Celtic material.
This CD has been available for a while, but as an indie release is probably not well-known, and it fits with this week's Celtic theme too well not to feature it. Again it shows the Celtic spirit can exist anywhere, although admittedly Martineau did get a bit of first-hand immersion in the music. She spent time studying traditional Scottish music at Lews Castle College in the Scottish Hebrides where she graduated with a certificate in Traditional Scottish Music Performance/Studio Recording. It was while she was in Scotland that Martineau recorded Apparitions.
According to Martineau's spot on myspace (www.myspace.com/jennileemartineau), she began to learn the fiddle from her father at age eight, and apparently he was a fine teacher. At least he must have instilled a love of the instrument and of the music in his daughter because that passion shows here.
This is an instrumental effort, with Martineau's fiddle taking the main spotlight throughout, but she has added instrumental support such as guitar and pipes on the cut Pipe Marches to good effect. The use of tin flute, accordion, whistles and guitars is a nice touch adding richness to the material.
The CD includes solid renditions of Lachlan Dubh, The Stone Frigate, Sandra's Waltz and Father Angus.
It is to be hoped Martineau is at work on another CD, because she clearly has something to say with the fiddle.
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper July 16, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada