CROSSING by RED HEN
Red Hen Records, 2009
The first release from “new old-time” band Red Hen Stringband with Jane Rothfield,Allan Carr, Linda Schrade and David Kiphuth.  Red Hen toured extensively throughout the Northeast, with appearances at festivals such as Old Songs Folk Festival, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, NERFA and Folk Alliance.
 
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    Copper Run (C. Coole)
    Both Sides Of The Road (J. Rothfield/A. Carr)
    Old Greasy Coat
    Red Hen (J. Rothfield)
    Tell Me True 
    The Moon Is Over The Mountain-(J. Rothfield/A. Carr)
    November Wind-(J. Rothfield/A.Carr)
    Annabelle Lee (E. Poe/RD Cole)
    Too Late For The Bacon (J. Rothfield)
    Sittin’ Alone In The Moonlight
    Jail Break (G. Harrison)
    Love Is Teasing (J. Rothfield/Trad
   
The Two Ravens (R. Lee/A. Carr)
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“Crossing,” the band’s debut album, fuses together old-timey country music, folk and bluegrass with a bit of blues and Celtic music, too. Recorded over the course of a single weekend in Greenfield Center back in March, the album features a bakers’ dozen of captivating tunes. It’s a bit more mellow and folk-oriented than Rothfield’s 2008 album, “iFiddle, theyBanjo,” collection of old-timey duets. But that’s not a bad thing at all, especially considering the magnificent vocal harmonies that this foursome manages to conjure up on such nuggets as the opening “Both Sides of the Road,” the poignant ballad “Tell Me True” and the twinkling “November Wind.” Elsewhere on the album, the quartet offers Bill Monroe’s wistful “Sittin’ Alone in the Moonlight” (featuring Kiphuth’s sole lead vocal), “Annabelle Lee” (Carr interpreting the classic Edgar Allen Poe poem) and a trio of ace instrumentals. Striking the delicate balance between the traditional and traditionally minded original tunes, “Crossing” is a perfect introduction to Red Hen, who make honest, sparkling acoustic music. This is pretty stuff, and fun, too."

Greg Haymes, Nippertown

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