Friday, November 1, 2013

CD Review: Childsplay's 'As The Crow Flies'

As The Crow Flies
Childsplay Records

Fiddle fans will rejoice with this one. Childsplay features singer, Lissa Schneckenburger and fourteen talented fiddlers that showcase instrumental greatness from Celtic and Irish origins. The sweeping melodies are organic, pleasant, and rustic. The sweet sounds emanate from the fiddles with glorious results. The meandering polka, "Childspey Strathsplay/Black Diamond Polka/Putney Mountain Polka," is a very soothing song that ends in a punchy and edgy manner, as all the instruments combine to provide a richly-textured result. "Leave No Millionaire Behind" opens with light guitars, symphonic strings, and light percussion that set the stage for a beautiful vocal set. A dozen tunes represent a good mix of jigs, polkas, waltzes, and folk fiddle tunes that incorporate some vocals. All in all, Childsplay is a great group for fans of folk, fiddle, and instrumental music. ~ Matthew Forss

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