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Songswarm Vol. 1

Artist:     Various

Album:     Songswarm Vol. 1

Label:     PuffBunny Records

Release Date:     05/09/2017

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A songswarm occurs when two or three songwriter performers improvise and accompany on each others original songs. Enter Taylor Pie, a folk singer well known for her time with the Pozo-Seco Singers. Taylor missed having other folks on stage during solo performances, and so the Songswarm project began. For four years, live, multi-tracked recordings were collected throughout music venues in Texas.

You’ll find yourself joining in on the swarms too. “Throw a Nickel” by Michael O’Connor is catchy, as is Taylor Pie’s “Oh, Mandolin.” Both pull you into some deep roots and you feel as though you’re a big part of the album as well.

 For a unique folksong experience, look no further. This is “Volume One”; I certainly hope another set isn’t too far behind.

—Brenda Hillegas

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