Fiddlefreak’s favorite New England elfin fiddler Lissa Schneckenburger will release her new collection “Dance” (Footprint Records FR2010) on September 8. This release serves as a twin companion to her last record “Song,” reviewed in May of 2008 by Fiddlefreak here. Yeah OK, so it took her a while—hey, she’s a busy girl and it was worth the wait!
Here we find a brilliant bevy of heart-lifting reels, jigs and hornpipes culled from the New England contra dance tradition, which means mostly English, Scottish, and Irish tunes, with three newer compositions thrown in to good effect. Gotta love the lush modern arrangements from an impeccable all-star backup band that includes her husband Corey DiMario (Crooked Still) on bass and rising star Bethany Waickman on guitar. Somehow they strike the perfect, delicate balance between traditional roots and contemporary aesthetics. Dance is Fiddlefreak recommended: five stars and a pint of Guinness on the house!
Miss her singing? Fiddlefreak did, so he took both CDs (Dance and Song), threw them into one playlist in iTunes, and hit shuffle. Instant bliss. Sign up today for Lissa’s email list, and receive two unreleased bonus tracks from the upcoming album Dance.
LISTEN: Lamplighter’s Hornpipe / Suffer The Child
LISTEN: Jamie Allen