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The Lonesome Ace Stringband - When the Sun Comes Up (Self Release)

Star rating: 
4

Chris Coole, John Showman and Max Heineman make up the Lonesome Ace Stringband, with banjo, fiddle and bass under their respective command. The Canadian trio's third album takes old-time music and gives it a modern twist, taking the tradition to new places, whilst mixing their own original songs with established material, notably Pretty Boy Floyd, with a nod to both John Steinbeck and Woody Guthrie. Despite some stellar playing, the trio's vocal prowess ought not to be overlooked, especially on Life's Treasure. (AW)