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Return Journey

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Dave Arthur has produced a CD that’s an entertaining, informed and intelligent look at songs, ballads and tunes that crossed from the British Isles to the United States, ‘on the lips, in the fingers and in the hearts of generations of emigrants’ as he says in his excellent and witty sleeve notes.

..Well steeped in both the British and American traditions Dave’s made a lively choice of material that’s beautifully played by him on 5-string banjo, guitar and melodeon, and by two master musicians, Pete Cooper on fiddle and viola and Chris Moreton on guitar…..If I had to pick a favourite track it would be The Two Sisters which is quite achingly beautiful in its simplicity and restraint.

I was put in mind of lines in Jeffrey Eugenides’ remarkable novel The Virgin Suicides: ’an occasional fiddle evoked the country the country had once been.’ Dave Arthur succeeds in doing that with this album.
- Shirley Collins review in FolkRoots December 2003


Tunes in mp3 format:
Shepherds Hey / Old Molly Hare
Harrison Brady / Winder Slide,
Dan O'Keefe's No. 2 / Ducks In The Pond
I Wish I Had Someone To Love Me
Georgia Girl
Little Margaret
Rattle On The Stovepipe/Cuckoo's Nest
Napoleon Crosing The Alps
When He Cometh / Michael Turner's Waltz
The Two Sisters
Sherman's March
Oh Death
Downfall Of Richmond
American Stranger

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