|HELENA TORPY and STEVE TURNER Sideways Air Sargasso Sounds EELCD04|
Helena, on fiddle,
and Steve, on accordion, have worked together for over ten years as half
of the interesting and innovative Eel Grinders band, and although they
have played as a duo for some considerable time, this is their first CD
together. They are both highly accomplished musicians whose playing displays
a rare empathy, and on this collection of traditional and self-penned
material they excel. I'm always slightly dubious of recordings with a
high level of the performers own compositions, but this pair are really
up to it - well over half the material is their own which is melded with
an eclectic mix of English, Italian, French and Swedish traditional tracks.
It is a thoughtful and sensitive blend that is expressive and fluid, and
hugely enjoyable. Some of the music will be familiar to anyone who has
danced to the Eel Grinders but there are also slow pieces with rich resonant
harmonies and constant fullness of sound which belies the presence of
just the two instruments.