Here & Far Away-New Tunes from Central Illinois
Matt Turino grew up playing old-time and Cajun fiddle tunes with his father Tom, a clawhammer banjo player and button accordionist. Tom has also studied music in, and has played the music of India on vina, of Peru on kena and charango, of Mexico on guitar and vihuela, and of Zimbabwe on mbira. These and other influences come together in unique ways in the tunes on this album which the Turinos perform on fiddle, five-string banjo, guitar, and percussion, accompanied by the powerful bass playing of J.B. Faires. As a family tradition, Matt and Tom enjoy composing new tunes that they consider an extension of old-time music, but listeners often comment on the Cajun-influenced rhythms, and the chord progressions often do not fit the old-timey mold. Selected from their favorites composed in recent years, some of the pieces on the album are played in a driving string band style while others shift to a more lyrical mood. The Turinos perform as a duo, and form the nucleus of the U4 string band that plays for contra dances throughout the central Midwest. They also perform locally around the Champaign-Urbana, Illinois area as part of Big Grove Zydeco.