It's always a pleasure to find a group that's both musically talented and skilled with humor. And when Ten Penny Bit produces this sampler, they give listeners some of their best of each. On the humorous side, they have a fine and lively rendition of the progressive song "Rattling Bog," with banjo. Then "Dear Boss (The Sick Note)" and "The Scotsman" are a nice bits of fun a cappella work. Lovely hammer dulcimer on the "Eagle's Whistle," as well as an elegant interweaving with fiddle, make this a particularly noteworthy number, and one meriting repeat play. Their instrumental version of "Dixie" is heart touching enough to make even a die-hard Northerner take to it. Fine job on the slightly melancholy whistle in the beginning, and then when the hammer dulcimer and fiddle kick in later it really swings. Their notes say it took six tries to get this one right, and listeners will be glad they kept at it -- this is outstanding. Put this CD on, kick back, and listen until the cows come home. Don't be surprised if you want to hear it again right away, either. It often takes only one listen to convert casual audience members to Ten Penny Bit fans.
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