The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 2 August is from duo Cahalen Morrison & Eli West ‘I’ll Swing My Hammer With Both Hands’.
Cahalen Morrison and Eli West are from Seattle, Washington DC and simply put, two of the most innovative and subtle roots musicians today. Their music draws from old folk sources, but it sounds vibrantly alive.
Cahalen Morrison writes songs that sound like a Cormac McCarthy novel: simple, beautifully crafted, and seemingly formed from raw natural elements.
Eli West brings jagged, angular arrangements based in bluegrass and old-time, but refracted through a 21st century lens.
Like Ansel Adams’ photography, their music is instantly accessible and built from the simplest materials, but at the same time seems to transcend its base fundamentals. Together, Cahalen and Eli tap the root of the old country and bluegrass duets. As the sparse landscapes of Cahalen’s vocals reflect the warm glow of Eli’s voice, it’s clear that this duo was made to sing together.
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Album of the Week, Saturday 2 August 12 noon and 12 midnight and Monday 4 August 7.00pm and Catch Up anytime.