Frank Chester of Folk Monthly
reviews Old Virginia by Rattle on the StovepipeThree great names in traditional music have got together to create this album, which blends the worlds of British and Appalachian folk in a highly original way. Dave Arthur, Pete Cooper and Dan Stewart have created a collection of rip roaring songs and tunes, using guitars, banjos, drum, fiddle viola and mandolin to back their distinctive vocals.
Dave has toured the world much of it with his former wife, Toni Arthur and recorded several albums for the
Topic, Transatlantic and Leader labels. He was awarded the Gold Badge of the English Folk Dance and Song Society 11 years ago, and has a lifelong interest in American old time music. Pete is a fiddle teacher in London, and like Dave, is a frequent visitor to the United States to study the styles he loves. Dan is a senior medicines analyst, who still plays with the Sussex ceilidh band Old Faded Glory.
Together they have created a highly original sound, bringing together a collection of tunes from both sides of the Atlantic certain to interest any student of American music. Much of the album alternates between song and tune, and includes such standards as Young And Venturesome, Bill Dalton's Wife and Duncan and Brady perhaps best known to folk fans through the Martin Simpson version of 2007.
Great listening music, especially while driving, it is definitely one for the session fan.