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The Rosinators

by The Rosinators

"The Rosinators" debut shows off their their raw, uncompromising mix of bluegrass, Cajun and Gospel Country; their distinctive a cappella harmonies and their own twenty-first century country blues.
Genre: Country: Bluegrass
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Old Joe Clark
3:27 $0.99
2. In My Time of Dyin'
2:46 $0.99
3. Blueridge Mountain Blues
2:22 $0.99
4. Lookin' for the Stone
3:48 $0.99
5. Joli Blon
3:03 $0.99
6. Cindy's Breakdown
2:33 $0.99
7. Port Arthur Blues
3:40 $0.99
8. I Saw the Light
3:21 $0.99
9. J'etais au Bal
3:43 $0.99
10. Orange blossom special
3:32 $0.99
11. Oblivion
2:50 $0.99
12. Poncho's Lament
5:29 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Rosinators formed in 2001 and quickly established a reputation for their raw, uncompromising mix of bluegrass, Cajun and gospel country, and their dynamic three-part vocal harmonies. Twin-fiddles and acoustic guitar make up their distinctive sound, augmented with banjo and mandolin,with the addition of string bass and drums for some shows.

The band, whose repertoire ranges from traditional a cappella to their own twenty-first century country blues, play roots music from the heart.

Since the release of The Rosinators' eponymous debut CD in June 2003, a busy touring schedule has taken them to new audiences in Holland, Ireland and the UK, including Glastonbury Festival, Brighton, Bath and Cheltenham fringe festivals, in addition to playing main stages at major British folk festivals from Bridgnorth to Broadstairs. Last year they were also selected as Acoustic Stage finalists in the Glastonbury Unsigned Band Competition and in June this year they were back at Glastonbury again to play the Avalon Cafe and the Left Field Stage - on the same bill as Steve Earle and Billy Bragg. In August they also played 8 shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The band live in London, and although a lot of their shows take them out of town, they can be seen there throughout the year at clubs such as the 12 Bar, The Borderline, and the Astoria, where they have appeared with the Alabama 3.

The Rosinators have also been enjoying extensive global airplay, on both mainstream and specialist stations - a testament to both their original sound and to their authentic delivery.

Paul Castle (guitar, banjo, vocals) was an original member of the UK acoustic outfit Sons of Fat Harry. He is a songwriter and composer whose material has been taken into the charts by Frances and Mary Black and whose music for UK TV has had global exposure.

Will Sneyd (fiddle, mandolin, vocals), was a founding member of Ti-fer Cajun Dance Band. He features on the Alabama 3 albums, "Exile in Coldharbour Lane' and 'Last Train to Mashville', and The Rosinators also sing on the forthcoming A3 Album.

Fliss Premru (fiddle, vocals), started the all-girl Cajun dance band, Joli Blon.


"You guys (and gal) have flat got it"
[Jack Bernhardt, Country and Traditional music correspondent for The Raleigh News and Observer, North Carolina) who writes:

" They have very eclectic tastes - Bluegrass, gospel, blues, Cajun tunes, and more, put together imaginatively and with lush harmonies and a wonderful spirit. I've about burned laser grooves in their CD since I arrived home. It's a testament to the power of traditional American music that it resonates (no pun intended!) so strongly on the other side of the pond. The Rosinators adhere closely to the original sources while infusing their own thoughtful interpretive twists."

Twelve strong tracks on this enhanced format CD including the video "Cindys Breakdown" shot in london, the European radio releases "Old Joe Clark" and "Blueridge Mountain Blues", traditional Cajun dance tunes, and their trademark dark harmonies.


"For a band hailing from London, The Rosinators have a truly unexpected sound. This is American roots music with a huge capital A the size of Texas. A blend of bluegrass, country, Cajun and gospel, this is the sound of a band playing from the heart, but with their influences far wider than the average UK band."
[Mike Bond, UKmusicsearch]

"An excellent album....just so well done...they
obviously have such a deep feeling for the music"
[Barry Everitt, The Borderline Club, London -
Borderline Radio]

"Rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the UK's
finest bands, The Rosinators will be playing at
The Borderline on Tuesday 25th November 2003"
[Dee Hallett, British Bluegrass News]

"What an impressive album. THIS IS country music"
[Bryan Chalker, Traditional Music Maker Magazine]

"On this their debut album, The Rosinators give
it to you straight: excellent musicianship and
harmonies to die for....It's honest and passionate.
On the first listening I was under it's spell; on the
second I was hooked! This is real acoustic roots
at its best. Don't let this one pass you by!"
[Maverick Magazine]

"Roots Music in Europe is alive and well as long as
The Rosinators keep recording music like this.
This is a wonderful CD to listen to. Country, Bluegrass,
Gospel and a bit of Folk on this 12 song release.
Positive and skillfully performed. American Roots
Radio stations should love the Rosinators."
[Roots Music Report, Texas, USA]

"WHEN I FIRST PLAYED THIS CD, I HAD TO CHECK THAT this was an all British line up. The band plays with such simplicity, clarity and authenticity that I thought they must have ancestral roots going back to the Blue Ridge Mountains at least.....The three members of this band show what can be done by letting their undeniable talent and the simplicity of songs speak for themselves....I can tell you that I am sent many CDs for review but only a few make me want to play them again and again. This is one of the few."
[Cajun Life & Times Magazine]

"...a goodtime classic....an infectious and satisfyingly
listenable set. The band's approach to the material is
vibrant and dynamic, and they do some tasty things with
the vocal harmonies too....everything they tackle comes
across real natural."
[David Kidman - NetRhythms]

"An excellent album. I will play all tracks"
[Matthew Carr, BBC Radio Shropshire]

"At last! Some REAL country music! Great!!"
Sam Harris Country Show
[BBC Radio Newcastle]

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marey mac

My Rosinators CD was waiting for me when I came back from Britain. I’ve been playing it constantly and it just gets better. My regret now is that I was not able to hear them live while travelling over there.

Lots of bluegrass can sound generic, especially public domain stuff, but there is something I really like about this record. Love the fiddle work, the choice of songs..there’s not a mediocre track on it.

I love that they've included 3 Cajun songs. My mom is half Acadian...she said excellent job on the French. My favourite track though is Oblivion. I heard Alabama 3 perform it live when I was in England, but the bluegrass take is especially compelling.

BTW, CD Baby's service is nothing short of WICKED.

Denise Millheim

Bluegrass with class!
What a lark to find out about your group while I was searching for the lyrics of "Old Joe Clark". Then, when I heard the way you all performed it I knew I had to have it!
Then, the rest of the CD was geat too!

Mick Duncan

The Epitome Of Euro-Country!
The Rosinators self-titled album is toe-tapping, deceptively complex music, equal parts country, rock attitude, jazz musicianship, and folk storytelling. The Rosinators thoughtfully eclectic approach to each track results in some startlingly effective new takes on old standards to the point that "Joli Blon," this record's best song, seems thoroughly original, yet it is a traditional Cajun waltz that has been covered by dozens of artists through the decades. There isn't a single disappointing tune to be found here, with the traditional Cajun tunes "Joli Blon," "Port Arthur Blues," and "J'Etais Au Bal" standing out as the centerpieces. The Rosinators is engaging music played by musicans who seem to be having a wonderful time. Forget the empty sentimentality of much of today's country music, and the "hip" detachment that renders much of modern rock so damned boring, and have a great time listening to The Rosinators.

By the way, I ordered this CD from CDBaby and the customer service was first class. The company was very communicative and my Rosinators disc was shipped within hours of my order WITH a bonus sampler CD! Thanks, CDBaby.

Roland Peters

Very enjoyable, tight harmomy and instrumental ,good mix of tunes.

Tony Allen

Different but good
Always like something different and this cd was. Good music and harmony. A good job for just a small group.

P. Allison

Just fine !
I got hooked listening to the Rosinators on Mike Keir's on-line show from Australia, and had to find it pronto. All of the tunes are great, with some interesting twists on some of the old 'uns. Worth having in your collection if you are a bluegrass fan. The cajun stuff was alright, too.
Thanks for good service and a worthwhile CD.

Joe Ross, Bluegrass Now

Spirited and infectiously likeable music that "rosinates" loudly for eclectic mu
As "Old Joe Clark" jump starts The Rosinators' album, twin fiddlers Will Sneyd and Fliss Premru clearly have plenty of rosiny pine sap on their bows' horsehair. The friction on their strings imparts a fiery rhythmic intensity that sets the stage for this entire project that also includes Paul Castle (guitar, banjo, bass), Leigh Gordon (bass on 5 tracks), Stuart Crosbie (drums on 6 tracks) and Clare Gilliam (triangle on 3 tacks). Apparently, Castle, Sneyd and Premru perform frequently as a trio, they provide the vocals, and the others are guest artists. These musicians from the United Kingdom take an eclectic (and sometimes even slightly unorthodox) approach to their music.

Besides a few traditional Appalachian fiddle tunes, they also cover various old-time styles including blues ("In My Time of Dyin'"), bluegrass ("Blue Ridge Mountain Blues"), gospel ("Looking for the Stone"), country ("I Saw the Light"), and Cajun ("Joli Blon," "Port Arthur Blues," and "J'Etais au Bal"). While better recorded versions of "Orange Blossom Special" exist, these Brits give us a charged-up rendition with plenty of hustle, albeit a fairly standard and conservative arrangement. The same can be said about the oft-played "Old Joe Clark," while "Cindy's Breakdown" pushes the envelope a bit by incorporating Earl Scruggs' "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" into their leisurely breaks. An original which Sneyd helped pen called "Oblivion" is described as "21st Century gospel country." This forgotten sinner's plea for forgiveness and salvation comes with a caveat in the liner notes that it contains strong language. I understand that Paul Castle is also a songwriter, and it might have been nice to include one or two of his originals as well. The Rosinators close with Tom Waits' folky "Poncho's Lament" that proclaims, "I'm glad that you're gone, but I wish to the Lord that you'd come home."

The Rosinators create many musical moods, presumably as a result of their backgrounds and experience in Cajun and country rock bands (such as Ti-Fer, Joli Blon, The Larry Love Showband and Alabama 3). While some might claim that these pickers are searching for an identity, it is, in reality, their eclectic nature and versatility that define their sound. In the U.K., this resourceful multi-hued flair should win them a goodly number of fans who share their appreciation for many flavored polygenric music. The Rosinators' most natural inclination seems to tend towards Cajun music, but they do a commendable job with other spiritually-tinted and mountain tunes. Don't expect a lot of hot flashy licks from The Rosinators. Instead, look for honest-to-goodness straightforward and heartfelt playing with decent harmonies and above average musicianship. Their spirited music is infectiously likeable, and, as such, it rosinates loudly for eclectic traditional music fans with adventurous tastes. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)


What an EXECELLENT CD!! I found it looking for Cajun music, but everything on the CD is wonderful!!!

Philip Hardy

A touch of PP & Mary and superb cajun
The Rosinators are superb. New to me. I love the fiddle, the cajun, the simple folksey feel and the lack of pretentiousness. They will be with me for many months in my car, along with Lonely Runs Both Ways. A touch of PP & Mary aswell.