Radical traveling fiddler Adam Cadell is a teacher/student of the instrument, one-half of the duo The Scrapes, and is based in Brisbane. Cadell flirted with a life and practice in academia and modern composition, but shed all that in favor of researching and playing with fiddlers from around the globe, including heroes like Tony Conrad and Henry Flynt. The shift from highbrow to a player of the people comes to bear with Bush Songs, his rendering of Australian labor folk songs. Cadell works every bit of his violin on Bush Songs, giving new life to these songs of yore.
This is a phenomenally good album & I urge you to stop whatever you're doing, buy a copy and bury yr head between the speakers. Matthew's classic American primitive guitar is ENVELOPED by Jen's hammered dulcimer & Jayson's smattering percussion, like some bastard offspring of Robbie Basho & the Velvets at their most unhinged. Ecstatic, vital stuff. Spleen Cringe