Fiddler Joe Davies shows great potential on the pair of recordings he has made with Jackdaw, a group that sometimes players louder than it is supposed to at folk festivals. This is Irish music with a discernible rock edge, make no mistake. As far as Davies is concerned, as long as it isn't classical it's okay. He has been taking violin lessons since the age of seven, but has been quick to point out that it is the fiddle he has devoted his life to; violins in a symphony, on the other hand, is something he has described as "stuffy" although that might just have been the ventilation. Fiddlers from the bluegrass and Irish music traditions were what turned him on as a lad.
The group is based out of Buffalo, NY and began releasing music in the late '90s with a pair of EPs. Other members include multi-instrumentalist David Moore, best known for playing tin whistle solos whilst prancing around in a kilt. Brothers Mike Jordan and Tommy Jordan are an essential aspect of the group while frontman Tim Byrne attempts to create a decadent atmosphere. George Tutuska is Jackdaw's drummer.