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We raved about Tony Ellis' two previous releases, DIXIE BANNER & FAREWELL MY HOME(both still available on Flying Fish), and we can say the same about this lovely new collection of 18 tunes that Ellis plays so beautifully on old-time banjo and fiddle. Ellis, who played Bluegrass banjo on two of Bill Monroe's LPs in the early 1960s, is a sensitive interpreter and creator of tunes with an archaic flavor, and most of the pieces here are Ellis originals. The tunes are unusually strong on melody as well as mood, and Ellis plays the banjo with a delicate yet authoritative touch that is a joy to hear, achieving a fabulous tone as well. The arragements are varied and impressive, making use of several unexpected but appropriate instruments including Celtic harp, Bouzouki, pump organ, and 12-string buitar.