‘Squirrel Hunting’ from Hot Rock Pilgrims - sets the bar pretty damn high(October 10, 2017)
Mix a mash of old-time and bluegrass, add some outstanding singing and flat picking, subtle Dobro playing and razor-sharp fiddle and you‘ve made yourself a bluegrass band from nowhere near the Appalachians but in the South East of England. Wherever they hail from, and their collective musical genesis is pretty varied taking in Ireland, The Lake District, Texas and other compass points, that coming together created Hot Rock Pilgrims and now their album ‘Squirrel Hunting’.
Opening with the nifty instrumental ‘Squirrel Hunters’ they get into the swing of things with ‘Sitting On Top Of The World’ and ‘Shadows In My Room’. They give their instrumental skills a few more bursts with ‘Liza Jane’ and Pichler’s ‘Dance ‘96’ along with some great narrative songs, ‘Blue Night’ and the mournful narrative of ‘The Storm’ before they bow out with ‘Garfield’s Blackberry Blossom’.
‘Squirrel Hunting’ offers 12 tracks in an album that sets the bar pretty damn high - it releases in the UK on 27th October – expect a sell-out.
Hot Rock Pilgrims are Dan Edwards (banjo, lead vocals) Hubert Murray (guitar, lead vocals) Bruno Pilcher (dobro, vocals) Sam Rose (double bass, vocals) and Kieran Towers (fiddle).
Review: Tom Franks