The Duellists - quick review from RootsWorld

by Lee Blackstone
Nothing gets me heart racing like the skirling cacophony of the hurdy-gurdy. The Duellists are a trio of Nigel Eaton (hurdy-gurdy), Cliff Stapleton (h-g), and Chris Walshaw (pipes). Together, they whip up a frenzy of new dance compositions based in English and French traditions. With Eaton and Stapleton having cut their teeth in Blowzabella, this is as exciting a treatment of hurdy-gurdy and droning pipes as you'll find. Guest Ian Luff adds some cittern, as on the title track, making for more texture. A bewitching piece of work that never sacrifices melody; plus, at loud volumes, your neighbors will think that you're up to no good!