(self-produced, 2001)

Dulaman is a band to watch.

The quartet's self-titled EP is as fine a set of Celtic and bluegrass instrumentals as I've heard lately. The too-short recording begins with a frantic "Cluck Old Hen," followed by an unusually slow, but intricate, interpretation of "Cooley's Reel." "Seaweed Platter," a eight-minute band original, varies its tempo widely, employing a jazzy bassline for extra flair. "Old Joe Clarke" rounds out the EP -- on its own, it's a solid track, but after the preceding three, it stands a little weak.

Stringwork throughout the recording is lively and precise, and the traditional tunes are imaginatively arranged. The Cheshire band is James Dewdney on guitar, Eleanor Cross on violin and double bass, Anna Kelly on violin, and David Pickering on mandolin and double bass.

[ by Tom Knapp ]
Rambles: 15 February 2002