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  Poor Ellen Smith

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This is the sixth album of (mostly) old time American music from Dave Arthur, Pete Cooper and Dan Stewart. True to form, Poor Ellen Smith feels fresh and full of life, with the classic combination of guitar, banjo and fiddle augmented by occasional melodeon or harmonica.

The seventeen tracks switch back and forth between songs and tunes, starting with a song with the wonderful title, 'Dead-heads And Suckers'. There's plenty of death to match the spirit of the times, as in the title track, a jolly treatment of a grisly murder tale, and old favourite 'Stackolee' seemingly played on speed… All I need to say about the tune sets is that they're varied and uniformly excellent.

Finally, here's an album that, for once, has sleeve notes that deserve high praise indeed. They're informative, well researched and a fitting complement to a really superb CD. Thanks, chaps!

**** 4 star

Ian Croft of RnR


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Tunes in mp3 format:

Dead-heads and Suckers
Little Billy Wilson
Hang Me, Oh, Hang Me
Swannanoa Waltz / Julianne Johnson
Poor Ellen Smith
Bonaparte's Retreat
Black Bottom Blues
Take Me Back to Georgia
Wild Bill Jones
Southern Soldier
Waiting for the Federals
The Devil's in the Girl
Going Over the Mountain/ Old Jimmy Sutton
Rodeo Man
Walk Along John to Kansas
Blood Red Roses

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