The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #99287 Message #1978267
Posted By: Ferrara
24-Feb-07 - 04:00 PM
Thread Name: Do You Know the NC Chocolate Drops/
Subject: RE: Do You Know the NC Chocolate Drops/
Oh my goodness Ebbie are you in for a treat. Tell everyone you know about this group. The combination of energy and enthusiam, musical knowledge, old and rare American and African instruments, varied repertoire, and sheer talent is hard to beat.
I haven't heard the entire group, but I've heard Rhiannon and Dom together and individually. Fantastic.
I met Rhiannon the first year she was a student at Augusta Heritage Vocal Week. The next year she was back -- as a teacher, with Dom as an accomplice :-), teaching African-American string band music.
Rhiannon has an exquisite voice that she can use well in just about any genre that interests her, but more than that she has a genuine feel for her songs and a talent for vocal rendition that puts her right in the middle of whatever tradition she is singing from, if you see what I mean.
Dom just has to be seen and heard to be believed. Multi talented, vocally and instrumentally. Their set in the final Vocal Week concert was as varied, high-energy, moving, gorgeous and fascinating as anything I heard at VW last year.
Well as you can probably tell I'm a fan. Adding their fiddler can only increase the synergy. Let us know what you think.