This is a recording of traditional dance tunes and songs, along with a few I've written. I sing and play guitar, mandolin and octave mandolin on it.
A cast of amazing musicians joined me: Peter Barnes (flute), Brad Hill (hand drum), Andrea Hoag (fiddle), Stuart Kenney (bass), Bob Pasquarello (piano), Charlie Pilzer (bass, piano), Bob Stein (accordion).
After opening with a pop send-up of a fiddle tune, the album settles into traditional songs and dance tunes with innovative guitar and mandolin backup. The stew of tunes and songs from Ireland, England, Sweden and the Southern US finishes with an unexpectedly slow, sweet version of the American classic, Cotton-Eyed Joe.
Bob Mills successfully mixes traditional and modern folk music to the point where you sometimes just can't tell the difference.
He draws inspiration from the American South, the American West, Ireland, Sweden, the pop-charts of the 1960s and even an animated dog. I especially
liked "The Woodpecker's Polska", an original composition that could easily be mistaken for a traditional Swedish tune. All of this is held together
by an obvious love of traditional dance halls and the communities that fill them. The instrumentals work best on this recording but there is a wonderful
sense of playfulness and humour throughout.
--MW, SingOut! review
A really fine CD