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Roger The Badger "Snout" RTBCDO1

Roger The Badger play excellent dance and ceilidh music from a startling variety of sources. Traditional items from Ireland and Scotland sit comfortably alongside lesser known gems from France and Scandinavia together with newer favourites from Simon Jeffes (yes it's that harmonium again), Andy Statman, Johnny Harling and others. The sets include reels, jigs, shottisches etc. All of them swing along nicely led by the tremendous fiddle of the very talented Cath James.

Aiding and abetting the above mentioned Cath James are John Fuller on guitar and flute, Peter Rophone on bass guitar, Trevor Thomas on mandolin and harmonica and 'Captain' Trevor Lea the band's enthusiastic caller. Together they form a nice tight unit that produces fine arrangements and a very full and enjoyable sound. Whether you just want to listen to the band, hum along or dance around the kitchen, or whichever room you find yourself in while this infectious music is playing, this is the stuff for you.

Snout is a very well produced CD of polished, professional music that also has an abundance of that elusive quality, fun, not easy to convey on studio recordings. I bet they're great live. I really enjoyed this CD and highly recommend it to all who appreciate folk/dance music played well in an unpretentious and good natured manner.

Danny Saunders

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This album was reviewed in Issue 47 of The Living Tradition magazine.