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The best kept secret in music



I can't emphasize enough how sweet Heidi's voice is. Besides excellent tone, she has great storytelling quality, very expressive.

The band is no slouch either, ant the album boasts several excellent instrumental tracks, I just love track 2, "Big J", which has an amblin' swing pace and a perfect balance of instruments, swapping leads between Heidi's flute and Allen's fiddle.

There is a wonderful relaxed feel to this band that I really enjoy. Tere are also a lot of interesting touches, percussion and other instrumentation that step outside the Celtic tradition and add a distinctiveness to the music without being blatantly rock-oriented or drtawing on a specific ethnicity.

The band owes much of its excellence to Heidi's voice, but the musicians and arrangements deserve a lot of credit too. Natterjack is a fine New England band that bears watching.

- Tom Knapp


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So many things set Natterjack apart from other bands it's hard to know where to start. Heidi's voice is as unique as any voice you'll find. She is singing with us on our first 2 CDs. Eileen Harvey's voice is quite different but no less compelling. Add on Allen's harmonies and song writing skills which could only belong to someone steeped in rock and traditional music. How about Dave's guitar playing, always tasteful and looking for extended harmonic possibilities, and the dynamic propulsion provided by Dov and Brian is best appreciated in live perfrmance. The bands' influences are too numerous to list all but you can't miss that of the first wave of Celtic based folk rock bands of the 70s like Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span as well as their Irish traditional counterparts, The Bothy Band. Natterjack 's sound has more blues and swing in it, belying its American identity. Of course the best way to find out is to listen.