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"One Roof Under" Fyasco Records FYCD004

For those of you who've enjoyed seeing this dynamic duo perform live, here at long last is your chance to hear them in your own front room. It's been well worth the wait. A delightful recording from start to finish, full of tunes from Sweden, Scotland and Ireland with a side trip to Sussex among other places. Many of the tunes are recently composed and they provide a great showcase for some talented tune smiths. Lively jigs, and sprightly polskas are interspersed with the occasional reflective tune such as the hymn like Horseshoe Harbour by the piper Diarmuid Moynihan. Another favourite track is Annaliese / There are Angels - the former a lilting, jazzy waltz by Jan Ekedahl, followed by soaring melody penned by Cutting. This is not what you'd call an over orchestrated album. With minimal accompaniment these two squeezebox players cleverly produce a kaleidoscope of sound - full of varied textures and colours. There's subtle contrast between the earthy sounding button accordion and the more lyrical piano accordion and at other times they blend nearly seamlessly into a lush sound. Throughout, the playing and arrangements are spot on, this is how it should be done, folks. This CD should be required listening for all those aspiring squeeze box players out there. The rest of us can just sit back and enjoy.

Elaine Bradtke

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This album was reviewed in Issue 50 of The Living Tradition magazine.