Wise Family Band - Magic Fiddle

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Released in 2004,this second offering of the Wise Family Band features more great songs and tunes, traditional and contemporary, with more sophisticated arrangements and harmonies.

"A CD from some of Australia's best performers, The Wise Family Band from Margaret River in Western Australia go from strength to strength as the three daughters Ruth, Lucy and Rowena continue to grow musically as well as physically, Father Scott and mother Louisa bring them all together here for another selection of reels, rags, gospel, blues and traditional Scottish, English and Irish songs and tunes of the family kind, I recently heard someone say, "Look to your past to secure your future", It looks pretty secure down around the Wise country, I would say, Five voices in harmony, four fiddle players, guitar, mandolin, slide guitar. Lock your kids in their room and make 'em Iisten to this, I say."

Mike Copper, fROOTS Review

"The Wise Family Band have become something of an institution at folk festivals across Australia, and the reasons for this have to do with the great performances of the three girls, the varied and enthusiastic -parental attempts arcontrol - ling"fie girls, and last but not least, the great ideas from Louisa, Scott and the girls in song and tune choice and arrangement. The material on this CD varies from fiddle tunes with four fiddles and accompaniment, to songs new and old from the States and the British traditions. As in any performance by the band, this recording takes you back and forth from the writing of Ewan MacColl (a song about the fishermen working "The North Sea Holes") to a Southern Baptist hymn ( "Brothers Now", beautifully arranged for 5 voices), from Tim O'Brien's "Music Tree"and Bonnie Raitt's"Blue for no Reason" back to "The Wheel of Fortune", a fantastic traditional Scottish song previously unknown to me, from the singing of Cilia Fisher. The harmony singing is a great feature of this CD: listen to the harmonies on " Blue for No Reason"and "Brothers Now". That is as good as you'll ever hear. The tunes chosen are similarly eclectic in origin, with lovely arrangements of trad. favourites such as The Blackbird and The King of the Fairies rubbing shoulders with new and old tunes from here and there. My current favourites of the instrumentals are the Cajun and Quebecois tunes " Reel de Verzat". Maybe the years playing with The Fiddle Club in Melbourne have dulled my ears or something, but the sound of multiple fiddles playing together is a pretty magic thing. Those girls are a scary thing. The playing and singing on the first CD was good, and it's obvious that as the girls grow older their playing and singing gets better and better. "The Blacktown Jig"with multiple harmony fiddle parts is already quite a thing, and the girls are only going to get better and better. What will they be capable of in another couple of years? Or in ten? (The only real question is whether Scott and Louisa will still be able to keep up!) I have always been interested in the whole business of getting children playing in public and interested in traditional and other musics. How Louisa and Scott manage it so successfully and efficiently is a source of wonder to me. OK, so Louisa has a background of wide ranging interest in American traditional singing and fiddle styles, and a repertoire as wide as the Kansas wheat fields. Every time we see her, she pulls out a number ornew"(to us) tunes and songs from her past. She is also a writer of great songs, and her album "This Blue World" is, in m opinion, one of best original folk albums made in Australia in the last ten years. It's one of those albums that get continuous play in our house, and if anyone steals it away to meir bedroom, other family members are soon asking for it! And OK, so Scott, apart from being one of Australia's foremost instrument builder, is a third of The Ten Cent Shooters, one of Australia's best known acoustic blues outfits. And together they have been making music for twenty years or so. So you could say they have a start in getting the whole thing together." Review by Neil Adam

This product was added to our catalog on Monday 07 July, 2008.


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