I went down to the Muddy Rudder Pub here in Portland, Oregon, last night and listened to Gabrielle Macrae and the Liverpool Power House. Gabrielle Macrae is one of the three Macrae Sisters and the Liverpool Power House was Barry Southern and Alan Wright from Liverpool's Loose Moose String Band. Was it ever a good show! They played a lot of old time, a little early country, and a few bluegrass and British songs for good measure. Gabrielle played fiddle most of the night with a little banjo thrown in. Barry switched effortlessly between clawhammer banjo, Scrugg's style banjo, old time fiddle, and guitar. Alan provided rock solid guitar backup and great vocals on the British songs. Gabrielle's fiddling has been steadily getting stronger over the last few years. Last night at times it felt like we were listening to "Liverpool and the Gabrielle Macrae Power House". I'm convinced the old time fiddle players on FHO are going to be talking a lot about Gabrielle in the years to come.
Incidentally, Gabrielle is already one of my favorite clawhammer banjo players. If you don't have it already, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of the Macrae Sisters' CD Old Sledge. Marian Macrae plays fiddle on Old Sledge with Gabrielle playing banjo. Really good!
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