Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves (from the album Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves available on Free Dirt Records)
Young Old-Time musician is a new category though the music of Allison de Groot and Tatiana Hargreaves can claim heritage far back in the history of the Appalachian hills and valleys that gave the sound birth. The songs of Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves follow the same roots back into time, creating the music of the album with two instruments, banjo and fiddle. Both musicians carry pedigree, Allison de Groot (Molsky’s Mountain Drifters) and Tatiana Hargreaves (Gillian Welch, Laurie Lewis) focusing on the blending of their fiddle and banjo duets to serves as their debut as a duo. Mountain music gathers songs, tossing out a tune from a Kentucky maiden content with her single status (“I Don’t Want to Get Married”) as the pair sing a sad song (“Who Wouldn’t Be Lonely”) and bid goodbye on a bright reel (“Farewell Whiskey”). Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves mine western songbooks (“Buffalo Gals”) and murderous tales (“Beaufort County Jail”) as they spin through the countryside in ¾ time (“Green Valley Time”), and barrel along on a train-track sway (“Wabash Blues”).
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