Just duets of banjo, guitar, and fiddle along with voices? Can it work? Yes, it can, especially when Megan Lynch possesses such a fine voice and the instruments are arranged to paint a broad sky of sparse but illuminating accompaniment, a very spacious sound for so little. Bill Evans wields a frequently simple but extremely judicious banjo while Lynch fiddles just as lyrically—although when they occasionally want to get cooking, as in the instrumental Between Two Points, the sparks start to fly.
Evans & Lynch's version of Nick Drake's Northern Sky is a welcome addition to tributes due the master, pretty straight in transcription, less lush, more earthy, but just as refreshing. Likewise, their take on Van Morrison's Into the Mystic—a cornfield version, as though Eric Weissburg and company had tackled it—is a great rematrixing whereas Mark Knopfler's Song for Sonny Liston is sassy just before the late afternoon skies of Sleeping Ladies sneak up on everything. The temper of the entire CD, though, is measured, quiet, and often reminiscent of certain sides of groups like Steeleye Span in their sparer moments. Even given all that, I'd love to hear this pair team with a band and kick their heels up.
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