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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 4 March 2012
High-energy, manic, heart-lifting music from this amazingly talented band. Mainly acoustic, with a bit of electric guitar thrown in, the 11-piece ensemble plays everything from violin and flute to banjo and accordion and plays them all extremely well.
There are so many influences in here - Celtic, folk, rock, all the way to gypsy reels and dancing Cossacks. From the rock-inspired March of the Troutsmen, through the Russian feel and sparkling humour of Superfly to the Eastern themes in the frantic Sea of Okhotsk this is music that will get you off your seat and jumping joyously around the house. There are a couple of comparatively more restrained tracks - gypsy violins peeping through in Look East and the more traditionally Celtic and rather lovely and lyrical Easter Island for example - but these just give you time to catch your breath between the rousing drama and breathtaking swirl of the faster tunes.
Whether you think you like folk or not, give this a whirl - it'll whirl right back at you. Fabulous!