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Just when you thought you couldn't get anything more out of the line-up of banjo, guitar and stand-up bass this album arrives out of left field.
It sounds like a fairy tale but apparently group member Paul Chesterton fell in love with bluegrass music, taught himself to play the banjo and then started writing songs. And what songs they are.
Next to a number about repairing a broken-down truck with a chorus about remembering that "There's a lot more good than bad," there's a tune about hunting big-eyed rabbits.
The Swingers' world view is summarised by What You Give where they sing "We like to work with our hands, some people out there they don't understand, it's not about what you get, it's about what you give."
And they give in abundance.
They're touring Britain and Ireland soon and if they are as good live as this album indicates they will be well worth catching.