An album of songs and music from the collection made by Cecil Sharp in the Appalachian Mountains of the USA over three summers in 1916, 1917 and 1918, recorded by Brian with his old friend and musical collaborator Jeff Davis.
Includes ballads, childrens’ songs, gospel, old-time breakdowns and fiddle tunes, with vocals shared between both singers and some keen harmony. There’s plenty of great banjo and fiddle from Jeff, Brian contributing guitar, mandolin, concertina, and his own fiddling on two tracks.
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“They have come up with something hugely interesting and enjoyable.
It is the ballads that have the biggest impact, with a number of really fine performances here.”
Vic Smith, fROOTS
This collection of some of the gems of Cecil Sharp’s sojourn in the Appalachian Mountains nearly a century ago is brought to you by two of their respective countries’ finest performers of traditional music… the two have blended together very successfully to make a compelling duo… on listening to these two, I thought: ‘Of course, that’s how it should sound.’
The guitar, banjo and fiddle work is compelling, and the material is glorious. The CD comes beautifully packaged with notes, background information and photos of the source singers, but it is far from an academic exercise.
In short, this is an absolutely delightful CD which gives immense pleasure.”
Paul Burgess, The Living Tradition
“Fine recordings…If hearing 'William Taylor' or 'Boney's Defeat' in isolation, one might imagine they were a standard part of Brian's British repertoire. Elsewhere Jeff's banjo and fiddle accompaniments give a more obviously American feel, while Jeff's singing is unmistakably from the other side of the Atlantic. These two work really well together, and the instrumental arrangements - with various combinations of guitar, mandolin, concertina, banjo, fiddle and mandocello - are excellent.
Some fantastic versions of well-known songs here, too.”
Andy Turner, English Dance & Song
“Instrumentally they have it all sewn up… tight, expressive, unfussy playing… they sound great together. And the songs.. the songs...! Every one a beauty. The accompanying booklet is plump with scholarly commentary and wry anecdotage, a testament to the time and energy the two have put into the project. You kinda know Cecil would have approved.”
Raymond Greenoaken, Stirrings