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Palimpsest (artist release)
cdRoots Code: rwm-3cw

I am pleased to present the newest recording by this little known but wonderful trio from England.
Alex Vann - mandolin, bowed psaltery, bouzouki, zither, banjo, dulcimer
Pete Judge - trumpet, cornet, dulcitone, harmonium, lyre, glockenspiel, tenor horn
Paul Bradley - acoustic guitar, miniature harp

You'll hear some strains of this music that will remind you of Spiro (with who they share a member) or the late, great Simon Jeffes and The Penguin Cafe Orchestra, but there is a much wider, deeper range of music here, an original streak the evokes landscape and sky.

This CD was donated by the artists to support the publication and broadcasts of RootsWorld, so all proceeds go to support the magazine and radio program. We thank them for the generous support.


"Standing Sun Fanfare"

"Shadows of the Chalk Hills"

"Roads of the Sky"


"An acre of watery light"

More info:

Three Cane Whale is a multi-instrumental acoustic trio based in Bristol, UK, featuring members of Spiro, Get The Blessing and Scottish Dance Theatre. As intricate as a team of watchmakers, as spare as a mountain stream, the music encompasses both a cinematic sweep and an intimate delicacy, in which "the aroma of muddy leaves and old nettles is almost tangible" (The Observer).

The band writes:
"We're very excited about this one. For the first time, we have guest musicians, Estonian fiddler Maarja Nuut and Kentish cellist James Gow, playing on some of the tracks. We have Adrian Utley's highly-talented hand on the tiller, plus Tim Allen's exceptional ears on constant alert. And it's the first time we've recorded in a recording-studio (Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios in Box). But we've also been very careful to maintain that robust fragility that characterises what we do...We're looking forward to hearing what you all think of it."

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