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Piefinger - A Countryman's Favour (Self Release)

Star rating: 
3

This second helping of Piefinger, the follow up to WHERE YOU MIGHT GO (2006), once again sees this three-piece acoustic combo marrying folk and jazz rhythms to create an easily accessible almost pop/folk sound with ten self-penned songs and the one non-original, Jean Ritchie's enduring The L and N. There's really no stopping that one. The three singers, Jana Carpenter who also plays guitar, mandolin and ukulele, Rachel Steadman on violin and viola and last but certainly not least David Sherwood on guitar, bass, horn and percussion, join forces to create a delightfully tight folk/pop sound throughout, with It All Falls Apart crying out to be a single; an open top car freeway song if ever I heard one. For all three musicians, Piefinger is just one of many diverse endeavours. The others include various theatre work, West end shows, television, improvisational comedy and music promotion, to name but a few. Additional contributions come courtesy of Ben Woollacott on drums and percussion, Jessica Cox on cello on Rags and Bones and Michael Dunnigan providing some tasteful lead guitar on Joy of the Song.  

Allan Wilkinson 
Northern Sky