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'Not Our First Goat Rodeo' is a wonderfully diverse album firmly rooted in American folk traditions / theWholeNote

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The final selection is not a cello disc per se, but having spent a large part of last month's column on Yo-Yo Ma's Bach Project I think I should mention at least in passing that his collective with Chris Thile (mandolin), Stuart Duncan (violin) and Edgar Meyer (bass) has released a second CD, Not Our First Goat Rodeo (Sony Music GR002 sonymusic.com/masterworks).

The players are all top rank in their fields – bluegrass, country, jazz and of course, classical – and work wonderfully together. As with the 2011 album The Goat Rodeo Sessions – "Goat rodeo" is an aviation term for a situation in which 100 things need to go right to avoid disaster – we are presented with a wonderfully diverse album of original material which, while firmly rooted in American folk traditions, incorporates a wealth of influences. Once again the super stringband is joined by the lovely voice of Aoife O'Donovan for one tune, The Trappings, which you can check out here: youtube.com/watch?v=6yR-nFBnd9E.