In preparation for my annual attendance at the huge Folk Alliance International Conference on Kansas City, I spent many hours watching YouTube clips of the artists performing this year to see which would interest me. The YT of this trio from Vermont caught my ear (and eye) and I got this CD to see what the whole album sounded like. It’s an EP (six tracks/23 minutes).
The core group is composed of Liz (on guitar and vocals), Lissa (vocals and fiddle) and Flynn (vocals, guitar and mandolin). The lead-off track is the traditional song “House Carpenter” but it’s performed here a bit faster and more upbeat than usually performed. (I like that). The closer is one of the two instrumentals (the other is a new-“Northern Sky”- that Flynn composed for mandolin and fiddle) which combines the traditional fiddle tune “Cherokee Shuffle” with tune by Lissa titled “Lucky”
They get some instrumental support from a friend on double bass and another on “trombones” (though more in the background
The CD is packaged in a simple cardboard sleeve with all the relevant info printed in readable typeface and font size. (There’s even a space saved “for autographs” for those attending their live concerts.
I am looking forward to seeing the band play live but I can say I do like this album.
I hope you found this review both informative and helpful. Steve Ramm “Anything Phonographic”