Dave Arthur Vocals, Banjo, Guitar, Melodeon
Pete Cooper Vocals, Fiddle, Viola
Dan Stewart Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin
This engaging trio inspires in me the same devotion that old Virginia musicians like Wade Ward and Uncle Charlie Higgins do. There is that same sweetness, ease, subtlety and good humour, every song and tune so well understood, so deftly played and so perfectly paced. Dave, Pete and Dan are all master musicians, but there is no sense of ego, no promotion of themselves as stars, although they certainly can dazzle. They are completely at home with the music they love, and can switch comfortably from American to English songs and tunes, as this relaxed and beautiful album shows. They know their material and they honour their sources, and Dave has a great knack of passing on information with wit and warmth. He is a great story-teller, too, and can compel your attention and break your heart when he sings a long ballad. Both Dave and Pete have that rare gift of drawing you into a song.
As you'll have gathered I love them.
EIGHT MORE MILES is (to quote Samuel Pepys) a perfect pleasure.
Shirley Collins Lewes 2006