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THE EEL GRINDERS - "Aquamarine" - Sargasso Sounds EELCD01

Based in Exeter, The Eel Grinders are a four piece band, mostly playing French and English dance music. On their first recording, "Aquamarine", the material while still based on the English/French style has all been written by members of the band.

The melodeon and accordion of Steve Turner and Helena Torpy's violin more than hold their own against the border pipe collection of David Faulkner and Lawrence Morgan-Anstee. Indeed the varying mix of instruments works well on all the tracks, many of which recall and resonate with the spirit of an older music. Other tracks are of a freer and more modern construction but the writers would appear to be influenced toward creating material that extends some boundaries while retaining the strengths of the featured instruments particularly the pipes.

Low-key and reflective, for much of the time, this won't rock your socks off but it is nice to hear the pipes in a different mode and some tuneful new tunes.

Peter Fairbairn

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This album was reviewed in Issue 21 of The Living Tradition magazine.