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Album Review: Hatful of Rain - Way Up On The Hill (Union Music Store)


By Allan Wilkinson - Posted on 21 July 2012

Possibly named after Fred Zinnemann's 1957 movie or Del Amitri's record forty years on, this Sussex-based Bluegrass outfit's music couldn't be further from either. Recorded in a barn in Fulking, Sussex, WAY UP ON THE HILL features ten original songs and the one traditional, an arrangement of Angelina Baker, with each song treated to a pretty authentic bluegrass arrangement showcasing confident playing and deliciously delivered harmonies and sounding for all intents and purposes anything but British.
 
With Chloe Overton and Fred Gregory sharing the vocal, guitar and mandolin duties and James Shenton supplying some spot on fiddle playing as well as some occasional piano, Phil Jones completes the quartet on double bass, banjo and that all important third voice. Hatful of Rain seamlessly blend their folk and bluegrass roots to great effect on such songs as Strawberry Leaves, Winter Rose, No Return and Whiskey with the occasional nod towards rockabilly on Rocking Chair Daddy as well as a sprinkling of World music influences on the Klezmer-inspired instrumental Jerusalem Tart. Once again the chops of Britain's roots musicians are on show for all to see.
 
Allan Wilkinson
Northern Sky

 

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