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Pied Pumkin - Pied Alive - New Sealed CD
Very nice live recording from their 2000 reunion tour. Includes both new & old songs: Lotus Eaters Blues, Orvillle Goes To The Country, War Is Over Overture, Cuckoo & more. Recommended. Squash Canada 01952.
Featuring Shari Ulrich on violin & vocals, Rick Scott on dulcimer, vocals & much of the song writing & Joe Mock on guitar, vocals & song writing, The Pumpkin would have been right at home in 1960's San Francisco. Instead, they came at the the tail end of the Canadian progressive folk movement that also brought artists like Ian
Tamblyn, Bruce Cockburn & David Wiffen. They combined a bit of the San Francisco hippy ethic & The UK silly folk ethic (Fairport Convention & friends) with some great song writing & playing (Shari is pretty much a virtuoso on violin), & a wonderful sense of humor. Throw in some tremendous harmonies and finally, add to that Rick's unique musical persona which could perhaps be described as being a bit similar to the Tubes Fee Waybill without Fee's dark side. What I can tell you is all 4 of their albums (especially the first 2 with Shari) were on my stereo constantly in the late 70's - mid 80's. If you're into well played, touching acoustic music with an innocence & great sense of humor, these all come highly recommended.