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Chris Smith: Press

"The cuts on his CD really cook, with Bays and Landes really going at it along with Chris." Kevin Donleavy, Atlantic Weekly, WTJU-Charlottesville
Kevin Donleavy - Forwarded email (Oct 13, 2005)
I was driving home from the Y last night, listening to the radio—heard a very tight tenor banjo and pipe duet (I think it was pipes) and I thought: hmmm, who could that be...has to be one of the heavies...Brian McGrath? Maybe Kieran Hanrahan has a new one out...or some new Irish kid...and I was enjoying it so much I found myself driving on the wrong side of the road, actually...and it turns out, it was YOU. Great to hear—very impressive stuff...The cd honks.
Their sounds mix like two glasses of water poured into a single bowl.
John Davis - Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (Sep 7, 2005)
Boston Early Music News
Lansing McCloskey - Boston Early Music News (Sep 7, 2005)
Positively spooky.
- Dirty Linen (Sep 7, 2005)
There is a magical quality to this release. When the music starts, a door opens to the distant past
- 9X, A Publication of Plan 9 Music (Sep 7, 2005)
Deep beauty and sensibility . . . a magical trip, a passage of the time.
- Resenas (Sep 7, 2005)
Hauntingly authentic . . . Deeply spiritual.
- Sorted Magazine (Sep 7, 2005)
Our Chris has his new CD out, and it’s lovely stuff, I’m really enjoying listening to the thing. Roger Landes and Randal Bays play extensively, and Angela Mariani sings -- and to think that while they were here, I didn’t realize Angie sang, or I’d’ve asked for songs all the whole time, what a lovely voice to listen to!
Zina Lee - (Sep 7, 2005)
I will second the vote for Coyotebanjo being a great album. It’s basically Chris, Roger, and Randal recorded live , but recorded in a studio with great sound quality. They visit a lot of tunes at the heart of the Irish tradition, and the mix of banjo, bouzouki, and fiddle sounds great. There’s also a couple of very nice songs with Angie singing. I believe that Chris’ addition to the mightycraiconline is taken from the album if you want a sample.
The Reverend - (Sep 7, 2005)
The buzz around Chris Smith’s old stomping grounds here in Indiana is full up and folks are very excited to hear the Coyotebanjo CD. I’ve been told that at least one advance copy is making the rounds!
Steve Johnson - Internet (Sep 7, 2005)
Just wanted to alert the list to a new batch of music from some of our favorite ZoukFest superstars. I’ve been listening to Chris Smith’s Coyotebanjo the past two days, and it’s wonderful. Really great tunes, mostly session standards done like you might hear them in a (exceptionally nice) session. Playing tunes along with Chris are Roger Landes and Randal Bays. (Most of the tracks are ensemble, featuring fiddle and bouzouki high in the mix, so don’t expect a totally banjo solo album). I’m a huge fan of Randal’s playing, and this recording showcases a nice slice of it. And Roger does plenty of tasty bouzouki playing both as lead and accompaniment. Also as an extra special treat are two songs by Angie Mariani. The arrangements in general are minimally arranged and have a nice spontaneous feel to them. I’ve been getting a real kick listening to it. If you are in the mood for a good solid take on some straight-ahead trad Irish tunes and songs, check this one out. According to the liner notes you can order the CD at Chris’s website
Lawrence Washington - Cittern-L (Sep 7, 2005)
Brilliant recording ! Love that open acoustic sound. Well done the engineers, as well as yourselves the musicians.
Guernsey Pete - Internet (Sep 8, 2005)
Great job on a wonderful selection of tunes/songs.
Stan Stahl - email via (Sep 22, 2005)
I just want to say this is a very nice album. I got my copy yesterday. It has a very genuine session-y flavour without the clanking glasses and itinerant shakey-egg players. Remeniscent of "Live at Mona's" a bit.

Thank goodness Chris put up this post, or I would never have heard about his lovely recording!
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