This delightful old-timey string band hails from Surry County, NC, an area rich in string band tradition, and has been active on the regional festival scene since 1989. Led by fiddler Nancy Sluys and clawhammer banjo player Jacki Spector, the quartet (which also features guitarist Allin Cottrell and bassist Bill Sluys) delivers a rousing program of old-timey favorites and curiosities that range from the inevitable ("Sally Ann," "John Henry," "Briar Picker Brown") to the obscure ("Grand River Whiskey," "Silly Bill") and consists primarily of dance-oriented instrumentals, interspersed with vocal tunes. Fans of this particular genre know just what to expect -- high-octane fiddle tunes without the flashy solos or vocal harmonies of bluegrass; the fiddle takes the lead while the banjo approximates the melody just underneath (Spector is a particularly accomplished banjo player in the Round Peak style); the guitar propels things along with lots of elegant bass runs and the bass holds down the bottom with unassuming grace. Highlights on this recording include the wonderful "Sugar Hill" and an interesting variant on the chestnut "Cindy," rendered here as "Rockingham Cindy." Highly recommended.
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