PIED ALIVE (Pied Pumkin) CD 13 songs recorded live in 9 communities during the Pumkin's hugely successful 33 concert 1999 Western Canada Tour. Newcastle, Gabriola, Denman and Lasqueti Islands, Cobble Hill, Victoria, Port Moody, Salmon Arm and the Vancouver East Cultural Centre serve as settings for dynamic musical polaroids from B.C.'s beloved minstrels. Dulcimer, guitar , violin, flute, piano and mandolin combine in a smorgasbord of folk, rock, jazz, blues and country.
Pumkin classics Mixall Lake and Lotus Eaters Blues join the more recent War Is Over Overture, Pickin' Country and Lost Soul Man. There's sweet irony in tunesmith Mock's One of The Few Times and tender philosophy in Miz Shari's Turning. Jester Rick's Little Bit O' Good is a toe tapping invocation to dance. Joe leads Black Dog into a raging canine jam, Cuckoo invokes tradition while Lox Breakdowns calls up gypsies. The absurdly profound folk opera Orville Goes To The Country is wacky new age musical theatre - Shari's gargle alone is worth the price of admission! If you were in the cheering, foot- stomping audience you may even hear yourself on this album! As a grand finale, the band leads the audience in a parade out of the hall into the Newcastle night with the irresistible singalong Oohlahey, reprised by a rapturous crowd from Lasqueti Island. For more informarion from the authors