This past weekend was my Annual Desktop Clearance, and what do you think I found buried deep amid the soggy beer coasters, coffee-stained music store receipts, and fuzzy spiders? The three-track demo CD from the Boston-based neo-trad fiddle outfit that calls itself Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers, which I had picked up almost a year ago at Folk Alliance in Memphis. I ran into them again at NERFA (New York) in November, where we all had some righteous tune jammage in the hotel lobby.
If you’re into American-Scandinavian-Celtic fiddle music played with exuberance and skill (and who isn’t?) then BMUZ is the band for you. Watch out for these guys in the future: Andy Reiner and Mariel Vandersteel on fiddles, Bronwyn Bird on nyckelharpa, and Stash Wyslouch on guitar.
They say a tune is worth a thousand words. That’s what I say anyway. Listen up y’all, then fall on your knees, and pray. Pray that they will shorten the name of this killer band!