Singer and guitarist Tony Cuffe was one of the most distinctive voices of the past three decades, first in the music and song of his native Scotland, and later in the Irish music scene of North America. He played with three seminal bands in the instrumental wave of the revival and his playing helped pioneer the transposition of Scots fiddle and pipe music to the guitar. He was a great performer, an inspiring teacher, and much loved by his family, friends and those who heard him.
"With his native feeling for the emotive power of the words, his sensitivity to the aching beauty of the airs and his unfailing ability to mell guitar and voice in a creative whole, Tony graced the Scots tradition with songs which, in the brilliance of his interpretation, he made entirely his own."
"Tony's guitar playing continues to fire the imagination. His playing of fiddle and bagpipe tunes is entirely within the idiom he loved yet wholly new. His stand alone fingerstyle arrangements will always be a landmark in the instrumental music of Scotland."
Here we have some memories of and tributes to Tony. If you have a memory you'd like to share, you can add it here.
Comprising mainly previously unreleased material from private, concert and studio recordings, this disc has at its heart tracks from a projected solo album of Scottish and Irish love songs.
An archive of un-published recordings of Tony is available on RareTunes.org.
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