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Derek Gifford of Folk Northwest

reviews Old Virginia by Rattle on the Stovepipe

Right from the start of this album you know you are going to hear something special from Dave Arthur, Pete Cooper and Dan Stewart collectively known as Rattle on the Stovepipe. These are seasoned performers with impeccable pedigree in terms of their musical ability and the amount of experience in research and understanding of the material.

The opening track Chinquapin Hunting (try saying that when you've had few!) illustrates the sheer joy and skill of their music.

There is a mix of music and songs most of which are new to me including the title track song Old Virginia and their namesake song Rattle on the Stovepipe. I particularly enjoyed Gypsy Girl which is a bit of a hybrid in terms of tune and word match and, evidently, was very popular when they were on tour in Japan with the Japanese audiences!

The music and song fairly lilts along all through this album and it is a sheer pleasure to listen to. The three tune set Shove the Pig's Foot, A Little Farther and In The Fire aptly exemplifies this.
Fourteen tracks of traditional British and Appalachian songs and tunes performed to perfection. I'm sure that this is an album that will stay in my car for some time to come. What more can I say? This is probably one of the easiest (and shortest!) reviews I've had the pleasure of writing for some time!

If you like Old Timey music then this is for you.

It comes, as always with this label, with full notes on the songs and tunes and is nicely presented. Buy It!

Available from the Wild Goose web site or through Proper Music Distribution.