[2 May 2008]
Lissa Schneckenburger’s Song is a cheerful array of old school folk tunes with the emphasis on the fiddle and quality vocal performance—a mixture of self-composed work and traditional songs from the New England area of the United States. She claims that region’s traditional tunes are somewhat ignored. What she has unearthed here are some real gems. Schneckenburger is modeled from the same plasticine as of Alison Krauss. Her voice is so sweet that it draws you in and blends well with her fiddle playing. She creates a certain intimacy with her warm tones that engages the listener. This is especially handy with tunes such as these because most of them (as with a lot of traditional folk tunes) are tales to be spun. One can easily imagine Schneckenburger playing her songs with a small group of regulars in a pub. All of them huddled around a fire to keep warm while it is howling a gale outside, but hanging on her every word. While Song is probably not breaking any new ground or likely to win a Grammy it is lovely to discover that someone is keeping this charming music alive.