The core of Meadowlark is Rick Cyge on guitar and mandolin and Lynn Trombetta on flute and pennywhistle, and on this album, they are joined by a warm ensemble of Perry Senn (percussion), Allen Ames (violin and violira) and Gary Gillespie (fretted and 6-string fretless bass). Dance of the Sandpiper is an easygoing, melodic tribute to nature. Cyge's light and sophisticated fingerwork will remind some of the phrasing of guitarist William Ackerman; Trombetta's flute (sometimes in harmonic overdubbed duets) is deliciously mellow, while Gillespie's warm basslines support the whole like a cozy comforter. The tracks range in pace from a brisk walk ("Shores of Albion") to a lively jog for the title track, from the introspective "Indian Summer" and "Blue Odyssey" to the sprightly Celtic jig of "Timeless Journey." Dance of the Sandpiper is a "repeat-play" for background music, but you'll find yourself being drawn to many special moments.
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AllMusic Review by Carol Wright