A Review of the Rattle on the Stovepipe CD
"Eight More Miles"
Wildgoose Studios WGS 333CD
"Eight More Miles"
by Rattle on the Stovepipe
Copyright, WildGoose Studios 2006.
“Rattle on the Stovepipe” are an occasional band that got together
at Whitby Folk Week in 2004. They have since appeared together in a
host of clubs to general acclaim. This is their debut album (a strange
word is that word “debut”, to apply to a trio of musicians with such a
lot of recording time under their belts), and it comes with the
imprimatur of Shirley Collins, no less.
This review is written by Dai Woosnam, firstname.lastname@example.org, 9/06
In her appreciation in the liner notes, she makes it clear that
whenever they are appearing at her local folk club in Lewes in Sussex,
she is in the front row cheering them on. One’s tempted to applaud her
good taste, but occasionally in the 55 minutes running time, one
impishly wonders whether she sits up front because she has developed a
Ha! I jest of course. But it really is perhaps my way of saying
that this album of three musicians who CAN - if they want - whip up a
storm, is tasteful to the point of self-effacement. It is “understated”
on occasions only though, you understand. The odd moment where the trio
could be accused of not wanting to wake the baby in the next room. Take
for instance track 7, the instrumental “Over The Waterfall”.
Oh, and don’t get me wrong: they play it in the most polished way, with
Chris Moreton’s guitar leading the way. But one senses a slightly muted
approach: like they could go-up-through-the-gears and make the joint
jump a bit, but resist the temptation on grounds of good taste.
And hey, there is nothing wrong with good taste. This is the first time
I have heard Dave Arthur since I reviewed his “Return Journey” CD the
best part of 3 years back. (No, strike that last sentence, for I have
indeed played the said album perhaps a dozen times since reviewing it.
And that is praise indeed, for many albums I ship off to the charity
And I am enamoured of Dave’s vocal gifts: nothing flash, just an honest
delivery in the clearest diction. And Dave handles most of the vocals
here. Really shines with an Appalachian version of the Child Ballad
“Sweet William’s Ghost”.
But I was less familiar of late with Pete Cooper’s vocals. Yes of
course, his fiddle playing will long be in the memory even after
he departs this vale but he is backward about coming forward,
vocals-wise. However, that said, what a solid job he does on “The Lakes
of Pontchartrain”. A voice a bit like Mike Harding’s on steroids.
But the standout track has neither of them on lead vocals. Chris
Moreton goes back to his bluegrass past for the old Bill Monroe 1945
classic “Footmarks In The Snow”. I had not heard it in ages. This track
was a total triumph and soon had me singing along.
To sum up then: would I recommend you buy it? I think so, yes.
Especially if you liked Dave’s “Return Journey” album. This is after
all, a sort of sister album. It too explores the authentic traditional
music of both sides of The Pond, and is eager to show the links.
To put the icing on the cake, we have the usual high quality WildGoose liner notes. Both wonderfully literate and legible.
- Tennessee Mountain Fox-Chase - 1.58
- Eight More Miles To Louisville - 4.37
- The Boatman/Cuffy - 5.40
- The New Rigged Ship/Green Willis - 4.03
- The Light Dragoon/Downfall of Paris - 6.34
- The Lakes of Pontchartrain - 4.32
- Over The Waterfall - 2.38
- Willie’s Ghost - 8.30
- Fred Pidgeon’s No.1/Jenny Lind Polka - 3.02
- Footmarks In The Snow - 3. 28
- Father, Father, Build Me A Boat - 3.45
- Nancy/Nancy Clough - 2.11
- Sail Away Ladies - 3.54
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