Tory Voodoo

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The combined talents of guitarist Arvid Smith and classically-trained percussionist and singer Lee Hunter made Tory Voodoo, one of the most exciting duos of the late '90s. Although rooted in traditional…
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The combined talents of guitarist Arvid Smith and classically-trained percussionist and singer Lee Hunter made Tory Voodoo, one of the most exciting duos of the late '90s. Although rooted in traditional Celtic and American folk music, the duo incorporated a diverse range of world music influences. The Tampa Tribune praised them for their "enchanting, almost mystical, sound." Out & About Magazine claimed that they "present pure folk music, just as it existed in old Europe and the British isles before it came to America to become part of our own mountain culture. What they do differently is to update it instrumentally for the '90s with the most intriguing mix of electric and acoustic instruments pure folk music may have ever experience." Jam magazine named them "best duo of 1995." The duo's first break came when their song, "All Our Trades Are Gone," was included on FolkRoots' sixth compilation CD. When executives of the Binky record label, in Louisiana, heard the tune, they were so impressed that they signed Tory Voodoo to a record deal. The duo's debut album (Roll Down Thy Window, released in 1995) was followed by Third Weeks A'lightnin a year later. Tory Voodoo changed its name to Tammerlin in 1998.