Craic means “good times, fun”. It’s the kind of fun you have with your mates with or without a pint. It is the stuff we share between ourselves that warms the heart and fills the air with laughter. One could go so far as to say it is the substance of the true love and friendship. The only currency that will buy it is time and good will. Yes the Craic is free, but it’s precious.
released May 26, 2013
Produced by James Olin Oden and Greg Elkins
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Greg Elkins at Desolation Row
Cover Art Jewelry by Sandra McEwen, www.sandramcewen.com
Cover Art Photograph by Jason Dowdle, www.ncartphotographer.com
Layout by Skillet Gilmore
James Olin Oden - Vocals, Classical Guitar, Whistles, Bones, Antlers, Bodhran, Guitalele
David Pitts - Double Bass
Caitlin Cary - Vocals
Emily Musolino - Vocals
Justin Johnson - Mandolin, Guitar
Eric Hahn - Uillean Pipes
Claire Byrne - Fiddle
Scott Johnson - Irish Dance
Jeff Holshouser - Vocals
On my first album I spent gobs of time, and for this I was thankful for my wife Katherine’s patience. This album seemed to take even more time and surely you were just as patient and supportive as before, if not more. Beyond that you daily articulated your love for me, and I am eternally grateful. Grá mo chroí, my only one, I love you dearly.
Big thanks to Greg Elkins, you’re the guard at the gate, a teacher par none, and you might just have a future in therapy. Thanks to David Pitts; your patience and skill in tackling all this material is much appreciated. Thanks to Caitlin Cary and Emily Musolino; you both have so enriched this album with your vocal harmonies. Jeffro, thanks for that little bit of your limitless rock roll energy you managed to bottle and sprinkle on this recording. Eric Hahn, you rock...even if it be with an Irish instrument playing Irish music, there is no other word to describe it. Justin and Nikki, my life has been enriched by your friendship; when I grow up I want to play guitar just like Justin. Claire, what an amazing fiddle player and a truly amazing person. Strength sister! Driftwood, I know you all by name, and you are all dear in my heart; your music and your lives truly articulate that “Love is”. To Scott Johnson and his mom Karen Johnson, thanks so much for taking time to show what the lift is all about. To Laura Thurston, thanks for being a friend, a peer and setting an example of dogged persistence combined with a joyful spirit. To Eric Meyer, thanks for the late night listening and advice...there is more playing together in our future. To Rummy, the world is in trouble if you and I ever really get to drinking. Benton Weese, dude hugs! Lynwood, no electronic device is necessary, the love is great in you. To my Shakori Family, I’m ever speechless at your impact on my life; keep carrying on the beat. Zemo Trevathan, you possess a kingdom and your riches are plentiful; to dwell in your court is most pleasant indeed. To Ryan Roseborough, dude let’s get the JaCeltFunkazz on! To Annie Nice, your strength is inspiring and your kindness towards me is always noted. To Seán Ó Sirideán, may you sing with the boldness of Cú Chulainn. To Tír Na nÓg may the Craic always fill your homes. To Big Boss, thanks for not only for starting a company but building a community. To Clan LaFonde: I love you all...more than haggis (-; To Wake District Pipes and Drums, thank you ever so much for making me always feel welcome amongst you. To Kirk Ridge, thanks so much for believing in me and giving me so many opportunities to shine. To Dean Driver and the Doodad Farm folks, you got the vision, run! To Sandra McEwen, I can only hope to do in music someday what you do in your art; completely inspiring. To Dan Leonard, thanks for the advice. To Moira and John O’Connor, Richard O’Connor and Dawn Kwietniewski, and all the rest of Clan O’Connor: you’re the best family I could ever have. To all my friends and fans that have supported me so graciously over the years: I love you all, and am honored to participate in the your lives.
Finally, to the Craic, may you always be present, and treasured. Let us gather together in “true love and friendship”; Let us “go through the door”; Let us “behold how good and pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity”. Let each of us of unclear vision come together and more clearly see: The Craic is Free!