There aren't many artists that can captivate with just a banjo and fiddle the way that Allison de Groot and Tatiana Hargreaves can. The duo's latest single is just that. It's an instrumental medley entitled "Hurricane Clarice / Brushy Fork of John's Creek" that has the pair playing a banjo and a fiddle for six minutes and it's impossibly captivating. Hargreaves and de Groot are masters at playing traditional roots/Americana, and it doesn't get any better than "Hurricane Clarice / Brushy Fork of John's Creek." For any fans of folk or bluegrass, this is an absolute must listen.
Tatiana Hargreaves says of the new song:
”Inspired by the minimalist and abstract writing of Clarice Lispector, the track encompasses many of the themes we explored throughout the album. This track, and the album as a whole, looks inward at our own family histories and lineages, connecting Lispector’s Eastern European family history to both of our own. ‘Hurricane Clarice’ also refers to increasing extreme weather incidents caused by climate change. We recorded the album in Portland, Oregon during an apocalyptic heat wave and it was our third attempt over the last two years to make it happen. So there was also an underlying feeling throughout the album process of the climate crisis and all the upheaval of 2020 and 2021. ‘Hurricane Clarice’ captures our love for instrumental banjo-fiddle music, combining the original title track with our interpretation of John Morgan Salyer’s version of the traditional fiddle tune 'Brushy Fork of John’s Creek.' We love playing music together in the duo format and find that there is so much room for flexibility and spontaneous musical reactivity.”
You can watch the video for "Hurricane Clarice / Brushy Fork of John's Creek" below. Hurricane Clarice is due out March 25 on Free Dirt Records, and can be pre-ordered over at Bandcamp. For more on Allison de Groot and Tatiana Hargreaves, check out the artists' website.