Devilish Merry's new CD incorporates influences from both sides of the Atlantic: "The first two tracks on the new Devilish Merry CD, 'Water & Vines,' could cause disorientation to a folk music fan trying to trace all the roots.
The title song begins simply with a banjo, played Appalachian clawhammer-style, but then the percolating percussion of a Celtic bodhran comes in, followed by the melancholic textures of an alt-country lapsteel guitar. If that's not dizzying enough, by the middle of the minor-key 'Bluebird,' plaintive Irish fiddle and almost-bluesy tin whistle melt into a traditional Appalachian dance tune, 'Cluck Old Hen,' previously recorded by the likes of Alison Krauss and Kris Delmhorst.
On top of that, anyone not familiar with Devilish Merry might be amazed to hear the members have been doing this conscious merging of styles since before 1979, when they self-released an LP (reissued on CD in 2000) called 'The Ghost of His Former Self,' which can still be found by eagle eyes in used record stores and is considered a folk music cult classic."
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