CD: "Spark" Jaime RT & Andy Hillhouse
Spark showcases Zav RT (aka Jaime RT) and her new instrument – the 5-string viola that she has lovingly penned the “fiddola” – and a new musical partner in guitarist Andy Hillhouse, with her usual dedication to exploring a variety of musical styles. Ten original compositions and two well-chosen cover tunes that feature Andy on vocals are spiced with flavours from the folk, celtic and world music genres. A jig is layered with a funk groove, traditional fiddle tunes carry elements of jazz and an instrumental duet with slide guitarist Harry Manx touches on Eastern blues elements. Zav RT is creating fresh, vibrant West Coast fiddle music based on an age-old tradition, establishing a new modern branch on the folk tree. An auditory “fiddola” feast!