‘There really is no better banjo player in the country than Dan Walsh and this is his best album yet’ – R2
‘The breadth of stylistic invention is dazzling in keeping with the unchallengeable virtuoso playing’ – FROOTS
‘The tunes on the album are presented with precision, a dynamic that is both beautiful and fulfilling, a triumvirate that extends the passion in Dan Walsh ten-fold, Trio is quite extraordinary!’ – LIVERPOOL SOUND AND VISION
‘A lot to enjoy’ – SONGLINES
‘A real show stopper’ – FOLKING.COM
‘Dan’s approach to composition has this extra effort that reaches further and digs deeper—and they don’t end until they’re proven. Along the way he’s discovering and uncovering voices in the banjo that have often remain untouched’ – BANJO NEWSLETTER
After two stripped back solo albums, Dan Walsh returns with a brand new album featuring the new Dan Walsh trio with award winning fiddler Ciaran Algar (Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar, Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys) and mandolin maestro Nic Zuppardi (Shackleton Trio).
After two successful UK and European tours for the trio, the new material is now captured on record. Four of the numbers were premiered on BBC Radio Scotland with presenter Bruce MacGregor pronouncing Dan ‘one of the most incredible musicians I’ve heard in years’. Once again, the album is produced by long-time collaborator Mark Hutchinson.
The trio features virtuoso picking, sweet harmonies and imaginative arrangements. The album features Dan’s trademark wide range of influences centred principally around Scottish and Irish folk and bluegrass. It features seven instrumentals including hard driving bluegrass-style ‘Late Night Drive’, Celtic influenced ‘Tuesday Night Session’ and ‘Plan B’ as well as an imaginative Indian-influenced ‘Lydian Set’ and an African flavoured number ’80 Years Of Pleasant Half Hours’.
The five songs primarily focus on real life characters including a moving story of a homeless lady Dan met in Vancouver (‘Life On The Ground’) and a homage to a charismatic street cleaner in Dan’s hometown of Stafford (‘Same Time Different Place’). There’s also a cover of classic bluegrass standard ‘Sleep With One Eye Open’.