Fiddlers 3,
Fiddlers 3
(self-produced, 2001)

Fiddlers 3 is a family affair.

The fiddlers are a set of three siblings in the Lozinski clan from Hamilton, Ontario. Elaina and Stefan also play bass, while Andrian adds a bit of acoustic guitar to the mix. Their parents are in on the act, too -- Mary Ann plays accordion and Lorne adds percussion on spoons and washboard.

Together, the Lozinskis punch out a set of tunes with such high energy and perfect intonation, it's hard to believe they haven't been doing this for decades. In the band's promotional materials, they dare listeners to keep their feet still -- and that's not arrogant boasting, it's a simple truth.

The album is a dynamic collection of traditional Scots-Irish and North American tunes. I challenge anyone to find more spirited readings of this material.

There's a lot of music packed into the album, including "Whiskey Before Breakfast," "Flowers of Edinburgh," "Fingal's Cave," "Maple Sugar," "Julie Delaney," "Irish Washerwoman," "St. Anne's Reel," "Fiddler's Polka," "Joys of Quebec," "Blackberry Blossom," "Mason's Apron," "Fisher's Hornpipe" and "Mrs. MacLeod's Reel." The disc ends with an exuberant interpretation of "Orange Blossom Special."

Fiddlers 3 has produced a fine, highly polished and very exciting album to kick off their career. I'm looking forward to see what they do next.

- Rambles
written by Tom Knapp
published 16 November 2002

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