This is the kind of recording you could get for ANYONE as a present and, sure, they'll like it. But more than likely they'll LOVE it. Whenever you see Ben and Siobhán perform, no matter where, no matter what form or format, you are bound to get a stellar show. The album 'Two Rivers' is a great example of this. For one: Ben and Siobhán shift effortlessly between pure folk and intense blues. And secondly: Ben and Siobhán always put on a different show, which means you're never wondering why you actually came to see them twice in two weeks. If you see them in California and then two weeks later on Nantucket Island, MA, or in Indiana and then in Pennsylvania... there's always a great level of spontaneity. They will never act sheepish (except Ben... because, frankly, he can put on a sheepskin and act the part) because they've never done the same thing two shows running. That's what 'Two Rivers' is like as well. It's an eclectic mix representing their wide range of material. Their music is FUN, SERIOUS, STRONG, SENTIMENTAL and extraordinarily well produced. This album is Ben & Siobhán doing folk and blues: some traditional (Oh My Donald and a great live version of Samson & Delilah) some of their own music and some other admired writers too. The album has songs that are quiet and beautiful, songs that are almost lullabies. Then they cause a scene making the music smolder and explode into a feeling that you thought you could only get from Etta James or Irma Thomas on a sultry, smoky night in Chicago or New Orleans. Listen to The Richest One and It's Raining for that. Of course... there's the impromptu silly live stuff too: remember when Ben decided to act like a beached whale on stage, or the infamous harmonica duo? OK, well that feeling is included here in the album notes, and don't forget about the rocking version of Frog Stew either. Hmmm...(you say)....looking at the liner notes of this album you see a stellar lineup. Excellent bass player and production by Scott Petito, John Ragusa of the Beth Neilsen Chapman band plays flutes (many) throughout the recording, Aaron Hurwitz on a gospel shout choral piano (Producer of the Band), Abby Newton (cellist extraordinaire), percussionist Brian Melick, Larry Packer (who played with The Band on Last Waltz).... SURE DOESN'T SOUND LIKE A FOLK ACT. Hah! Fooled you, it is. They're able to take all of these elements and put them together into a solid 'sound,' one that leans heavily towards folk but does a bit of a boogie on the way there. And it's not far from what they do live, in fact, it sounds an awful lot LIKE their live show. Both as an acoustic act and when Ben Murray & Siobhán Quinn perform with their acoustic band 'The Eccentrics' as their core group for larger festival stages. Sure the live band players rotate around sometimes and they usually don't know what craziness they're in for, but it's guaranteed to be a full and rich sound, both in the acoustic duo and band versions. Also represented on this recording are two of the r&b ballads they're known for, so you get to have a glimpse of the (THE ROCKIN' STOMPIN') Ben Murray & Siobhán Quinn Blues Band. Ben has the chance to take out the electric and play some down and raunchy blues style guitar. Siobhán gets to go all glittery and diva-like. They enjoy this. This is fun. Any way you serve up Ben Murray and Siobhán Quinn, any of the above arrangements, incarnations, styles, groups or wacko eccentrics. It is truly solid music...and that's represented extremely well on the 'Two Rivers' recording. Together Ben and Siobhán are flamboyant, funny, serious, rock-steady musicians and this 1999 innaugural recording 'Two Rivers' has received rave reviews from fans and critics alike. The combination of Siobhán Quinn's riveting vocals and Ben Murray's powerhouse voice and guitar creates an energy that is contagious. And unforgettable. ALBUM CREDITS SIOBHÁN QUINN vocals. BEN MURRAY vocals, acoustic, electric and slide guitars; harmonica on Frog Stew; second Harmonica: My Last Meal SCOTT PETITO bass; piano; ethereal guitar fx: Into the Mystic. BRIAN MELICK percussion: Geronimo's Cadillac, Into the Mystic, Here on Earth, Frog Stew, My Last Meal. DEAN SHARP drums & percussion: Act of Nature, The Richest One, Into the Mystic, It's Raining. JOHN RAGUSA alto, bass and wood flutes. AARON HURWITZ Hammond organ: The Richest One, It's Raining; piano: My Last Meal. DOUG JOHNSON lead harmonica: My Last Meal. ABBY NEWTON cello: Early Morning Rain. LARRY PACKER violin: Early Morning Rain. PETER PALMER ranivorous girlfriend and ranine sound fx: Frog Stew. PRODUCED BY Ben Murray, Siobhán Quinn and Scott Petito. Except Into the Mystic: concept & arrangement Ben & Siobhán, and produced entirely by Scott Petito. Whoa. All tracks recorded at NRS Recording Studios, Hurley, N.Y. and engineered by Scott Petito, except: Doug Johnson's Harmonica on My Last Meal: recorded at October Eve Recording Studio, Delmar, NY, engineering by Rick Bedrosian. Sampson & Delilah recorded live by Michael Canfield for Journeyman Recording at the Prodigal Son Coffeehouse, Hyannis, MA, October 13, 1996. All Tracks mixed & mastered by Scott Petito. Graphic design, color photos and Mr. Boswell (b&w) by Paul Quinn black & white photos by Nicole Keys Photography additional design and pre-press by Judy Kemper additional layout work by Siobhán Quinn Siobhán is pronounced Sh-vawn. Ben is pronounced Ben.