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Blue Moose at Fiddle Hell

Posted by clawhammertim on Monday, November 15, 2010

 Whenever I hear a live show that makes me either want to hang up my instruments forever or go home and practice all night, I know I've just heard something really good.  Last Friday night I was at this great fiddle event hosted bay Dave Reiner and his family.  It's a three day fiddle learning event called Fiddle Hell.  There are classes, performances, workshops and jams galore.  I was lucky enough to catch a set by Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers. Fresh from their CD release party at Club Passim, their performance was tight, surprising and inspiring all at the same time.  The band consists of Andy Reiner on fiddle, Mariel Vandersteel on fiddle, Stash Wyslouch on Guitar and Bronwyn Bird on the nyckelharpa (a very unusual type of Swedish fiddle).

Now you'd think that a band of four people on stage with 3 fiddles and a guitar (string count ~50) would tend to sound a little mushy.  This couldn't be farther from the truth.  This band tears up the stage presenting traditional folk melodies and songs in completely new and wonderful ways.  Do yourself a favor and track down their new CD entitled "Rousted".  Here's their website:
Andy and Stash are both Berklee grads living in the area and teaching music at The Real School of Music in Burlington, MA.
Tim Rowell

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