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Fellside Recordings  FECD248

A review in only 40 words:  Sam Pirt, accordion player with 422, and Garry Hammond, percussionist extraordinaire, are The Hut People. Picnic is their second CD on the wonderful Fellside label. Paul Adams is the Production Master. The result is wonderful.

But that’s a bit like saying a picnic is a few crisps, curled up sandwiches, a selection of biscuits and a bottle of pop or a Thermos of tea on a car park in a rain storm!
This CD has plenty of musical variety for us to feast on - West African rhythms mixed with Irish tunes followed by music from the Basque country written by accordionist maestro Kepa Junkera, Quebecois tunes alongside a Danish tune, as well as a bouree composed for Hurdy Gurdy.

We are given a wide variety of instruments to “eat” this musical banquet with - including the intriguingly named lagerphone. If it can be shaken, stuck or tapped then Gary can get a musical sound from it to enhance the flavour of our picnic. Then there’s the playing of Sam and his accordion. Whoever invented this instrument would probably be turning in his grave at how it is treated these days but for me it works here.

All in all a perfect picnic - even if it is wet and on a car park - you can always immerse yourself in The Hut People’s Picnic whilst enjoying the exciting photos of Quenton Budworth on the CD and booklet.

Dave Beeby

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This album was reviewed in Issue 92 of The Living Tradition magazine.