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When We Get to Meeting

by Uncle Woody Sullender & Seamus Cater

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Volkslied 07:11
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Come Around 03:30

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"On the recent When We Get to Meeting (Dead CEO), a collaboration with Amsterdam-based English harmonica player Seamus Cater, avant-garde banjoist and former Chicagoan Uncle Woody Sullender continues to efface the imagined boundaries between folk and experimental music. On first blush it definitely sounds rustic and rural , but then you come across a piece of back-porch minimalism like "While Sails Billow," which you can hear for yourself below—as Cater blows warped drones, Sullender scrabbles out brittle, tumbling arpeggiations.

In some ways Cater is the perfect partner for Sullender: both use unexpected techniques and approaches to reimagine a simple instrument with deep roots in specific folk traditions. Cater retunes most of his harmonicas, often in just intonation—the system embraced by minimalist pioneer LaMonte Young—and Sullender occasionally refracts his banjo playing with subtle laptop manipulations. Despite these art-music trappings, though, the album is direct and accessible. It's a beautiful piece of work that gains resonance and meaning with repeated listens, and I particularly appreciate the way it challenges assumptions about the instruments by transplanting avant-garde practices into a musical context that seems as old as the hills"
- Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader

"This is a refreshing take on the combination of folk and experimental musical modes and definitely deserves wider attention. 10/10"
- Charles Franklin, Foxy Digitalis

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released March 16, 2010

Seamus Cater: Harmonica
Woody Sullender: Banjo/Laptop

Recorded at Greenfield Studios (Amsterdam), SMART Project Space (Amsterdam), and the Barkenhoff (Worpswede, Germany) in 2010

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