The Often Herd – The Often Herd

EP Review | Self Release | Review by Marc Higgins | Stars: 4/5

The Often Herd are a hybrid. Guitar, mandolin, an American fiddle player and a jazzy Double Bass player produce a hybridised Bluegrass topped with West Coast vocal harmonies. Recorded by this British band in Newcastle this is acoustic dance music with some fine trio vocal harmonies spun out over the top. The least it will do is set your feet tapping, by the end it will have you throwing your dance partner around. Their touch is always light and sparkling with some deft acoustic guitar and fiddle transporting Bob Dylan’s “Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go” to a dance in a Parisian Cafe. Sam Quintana’s Bass is a rock solid structure around Rupert Holmes guitar, Evan Rhodri Davies’ mandolin and Niles Krieger’s Fiddle just soar like Bluegrass birds.