Ruby opens with some great banjo playing and vocal harmonies and some clever guitar playing as well. This is FOLK as it used to be played in the clubs in the early sixties and it is good to see it thriving at Selby Folk Club, where It was recorded live. I’m sure Gillian Welch will feel that this duo has done her composition proud. (And what a great way to open a gig)
Lena Blanche is a true folk song in all aspects; a story told with character and insight. Folk music can often be related to a diary of life, and this story would take up many a page in a diary that we, in this century, would find almost unbelievable as it is so far out of the norm compared to these days. Be warned-sadness abounds in this track, but the music carries the story so well.
Whiskey Hole must be one of the few tales of a prospector leaving his claim because of what he feels he has seen. That is the great thing about Folk music, in so much as it tells tales, just as the troubadours of yesteryear carried news, both good and bad, our current folk musicians continue to value their work and hence preserve it whilst sharing it with one and all.
Moonshine Coalition have managed to put out an album that is contemporary yet reminiscent of years gone by; their harmonies are superb and the interplay twixt guitar and banjo is outstanding.
If you are a true folkie, you can do no better than purchase this album, no matter what your age is. This is semi vintage folk of a very high standard and carries the genre ever upwards and onwards.