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Monday, July 15, 2013

CD Review: Holy Moly and the Crackers - First Avenue.

Ash Etchells-Butler (dms/mand); Conrad Bird (gtr/vcl); Ruth Patterson (vln/vcl/cell); Rosie Bristow (acc/dms); Ali Reay (bs gtr).
(Review by Lance)
The album notes are great...”At its heart the album is a kind of journeyman’s diary of the road to First Avenue from ‘beats and bars’, the vibrant heart of our hometown music scene, to a host of delightful venues hidden in the crevices of the Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The rambling lovers, the fairy forest-dwellers, the lost sea-souls and Dixieland cowboys, the Romani rock ‘n rollers, with their healthy amount of medicinal booze and burlesque, are just a few of the people we met along the way. Hope you enjoy...”
Well that’s a pretty fair description making my job almost done!
Almost!
Hearing Holy Moly and the Crackers for the first time at yesterday’s Beer Festival – just before the beer exceeded the ’healthy amount’ -  I was mightily impressed and wondered how I’d react sans sun and several pints.
Well let me tell you brothers and sisters, even with a hangover, this band still sounds great.
A mix of folk, blues, country, cajun, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll the Crackers somehow manage to channel the best of all genres into their own brand of music. As well as playing fine fiddle Patterson sings in an attractive folksy/bluesy voice Bird’s vocals and guitar offer contrast.. Songwriting credits are not given although I suspect they all had their say with, possibly,  Bird the major contributor – correct me if I'm wrong guys.
Rosie Bristow’s accordion combines well with Ruth’s fiddle and the overall sound is foottappingly fantastic
If you've heard them on a gig you will probably already have this album. If you haven’t, then don’t wait till Christmas – these crackers are to be pulled now!
Lance.

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