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Brian Cope of Folk London

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This is the band's second album with Dave Arthur, Pete Cooper, and Dan Stewart, playing an eclectic mix of English and American songs and tunes. Playing mostly in the style of the classic old time American string band line up, the whole C.D. has a warm feel good glow running through it.

There is some excellent fiddle and banjo playing and Pete's ability to slip easily between fiddle styles is a joy to hear. On the transatlantic overlap `0ld John Peel - Rock the Cradle Joe' he transforms the sound from that of a traditional English Country dance band to an Appalachian string band in a blink. We are also treated to a banjo led `Princess Royal' with a gentle viola and fiddle accompaniment and the wonderful `Ways of the World' featuring Dave on `fiddlesticks' beating open fiddle strings with knitting needles.

The songs are shared pretty evenly between Dave and Pete and are a mixture of traditional and contemporary but, as to be expected, they are all first-rate and have been given the bands unmistakable stamp as in `Roll Alabama Roll' which benefits from an upbeat treatment and additional chorus. Seven songs in all including the classic `Willie Moore' and a version of the Carter Family's ‘You've been a Friend’ all supported by detailed notes in a nicely packaged booklet.

A relaxing and enjoyable listen from start to Finish.