Passing Through

Much like the man, the music Ed chooses to record is friendly and warm-hearted. ....Delicately crafted arrangements arrangements invite the listener to create their own storyline” - Mary Ann Rossini

— Motif Magazine

Passing Through

Ed Sweeney & Friends

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A instrumental collection of American folk songs, hymns, ragtime from the Revolutionary War to World War 1. Featuring six and twelve string guitar, 5 string banjo, fretless banjo, hammered dulcimer, Appalacian dulcimer, fiddle, piano, tin whistle and clarinet.

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What Lies Ahead

An outgrowth of when Sweeney hooked up with members of the Silk Road Ensemble, this cross cultural mash up is serious but has none of the seriousness of too much world beat. But there's no disrespect in it's air either. Ya heard much Chinese Celtic lately? Equal parts ear opener and door opener, the armchair traveler has a treat here that hasn't been his way in some time. Well done. ” - Chris Spector

— Midwest Records

What Lies Ahead

Ed Sweeney & Yang Wei

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Our introduction to one another was short and to the point: “Yang Wei, this is Ed. He plays banjo. Ed, this is Yang Wei. He plays pipa. You two should talk.” It was 2006 in Chicago, and talk we did that night throughout dinner and for hours the following day.
A few months later in Rhode Island, we picked up where we left off. This time, dinner was

Our introduction to one another was short and to the point: “Yang Wei, this is Ed. He plays banjo. Ed, this is Yang Wei. He plays pipa. You two should talk.” It was 2006 in Chicago, and talk we did that night throughout dinner and for hours the following day.
A few months later in Rhode Island, we picked up where we left off. This time, dinner was at my home, where we swapped stories and songs and discovered how much we enjoy each other’s music, musicianship and company.

The following spring we presented our first concert together. Inspired by that collaboration, we headed into the recording studio to capture a few ideas. Ensuring concerts and studio sessions expanded our initial concepts into this recording – a potpourri of traditional music from China, the United States, Russia, Ireland, traditional hymns and Gregorian chant.

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Commonplaces

Partington & Sweeney are an excellent duo who know how to tap into a place and specific period of time, Through creative lyrics and well-versed music, Commonplaces will have your imagination running wild” - Jimmy Rae

— Skope Magazine

Commonplaces

Mary Lee Partingon & Ed Sweeney

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Commonplaces is inspired by the centuries-old practice of commonplacing or recording wisdom and ideas for later recollection in notebooks that bear the name “commonplace.”

Mary Lee Partington & Ed Sweeney tell stories of migrants, farmers and factory workers during 19th & 20th century America, where self-educated mill girls earn their own

Commonplaces is inspired by the centuries-old practice of commonplacing or recording wisdom and ideas for later recollection in notebooks that bear the name “commonplace.”

Mary Lee Partington & Ed Sweeney tell stories of migrants, farmers and factory workers during 19th & 20th century America, where self-educated mill girls earn their own keep, an orphan endures to tell her tale, where old ballads have taken root and where migrants go further west.

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Scratching The Surface

Ed Sweeney's wry articulate and evocative singing, his exquisite musiciianship, and his eclectic collection of obscure songs do much more than merely scratch the surface and shouldn't be missed”

— the Binghamton (NY) Sun

Scratching The Surface

Ed Sweeney

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An eclectic group of songs and instrumentals. A mixture of humorous as well as serious, It was partially recorded at Ramblin' Conrad's in Norfolk Virginia during a springtime concert in 1986. Some songs are timeless and poignant as others like First Things First written by Dr. Alex Comfort (the author of the Joy of Sex who was an anti nuclear

An eclectic group of songs and instrumentals. A mixture of humorous as well as serious, It was partially recorded at Ramblin' Conrad's in Norfolk Virginia during a springtime concert in 1986. Some songs are timeless and poignant as others like First Things First written by Dr. Alex Comfort (the author of the Joy of Sex who was an anti nuclear activist) may feel dated.

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The Times, They Are Something Like They Used To Be

Sweeney, in keeping with the type of music and his own personal style, is engagingly impromptu, almost conversational”

— The Providence Journal

The Times They Are Something Like They Used To Be

Ed Sweeney

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An eclectic collection of songs and instrumentals.

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Inside Fezziwig's, The Spirit of Christmas Past

The Best Old-Timey Christmas Release of the year” - David Zimmerman

— USA Today

It's Christmas Time In The City