Scott Williams

The Burning of the Piper's Hut

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Scott Williams and hammer dulcimer -- what an evocative combination! Williams' sampler The Burning of the Piper's Hut offers a six-tune taste of his work, via MP3.com, that will certainly have listeners reaching for his other releases as well. From the Civil War-era rhythms of "Kingdom Coming" to more modern selections like "Crystal Tears," Williams' instrumentals ring true. "Crystal Tears" is particularly enjoyable, with a lovely delicate sound that would make good theme music for a movie. Celtic harp and hammer dulcimer meld beautifully on this version of the classic "Greensleeves," and listeners with a fondness for the tune might want also want to get Williams' album Road to Lisdoonvarna Castle or Clans of the West, which offers his arrangement of it for dulcimer and octave mandolin. The mandolin gives a deeper, more resonant sound, though it is equally elegant, and both arrangements are quite delightful. "Midnight Rain Ride" is done with mountain dulcimer and bass, yet it has an almost sitar-like sound, expanding the range of Williams' work into world fusion. In all, this is a skillful and ear-pleasing introduction to Williams' work for new listeners, and fans of hammer dulcimer music will definitely want this CD for their collections.

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