"...I was just blown away. This is great stuff."
-Annie Provenzano, DJ, WMWV-FM, Conway NH
album, you two. I think I'm on my seventeenth-and-a-
-Rik James, DJ, "Bluegrass Traditions",
"Al and Emily Cantrell cast a magical spell with their airy,
songs. Emily Cantrell sings in a fluid, jazzy style
reminiscent of Joni Mitchell, while husband Al plays off his wife's
Martin guitar with spirited fiddling and a dazzling mandolin
technique -- his music weaves through her words as if
were locked together in an intuitive dance. The duo's fine album,
Dancing With the Miller's Daughter, puts
a pop spin on acoustic
folk music, with occasional detours into Celtic and traditional
-Michael McCall, NASHVILLE SCENE, March 13,
"I'm delighted to hear the Al and Emily sound captured
cleanly. No frills, no annoying extras, just the music of two souls
endlessly working it out. Congratulations!
-"Too Slim" La Bour, Riders in the Sky
"Al and Emily Cantrell have crafted a multifaceted
modern acoustic folk music -- and, through tasteful overdubbing,
this duo is also a superb ensemble.
Al's gently soaring fiddle, his
inventive, ringing mandolin, and Emily's rich guitar chordings
provide a tapestry-like
texture to serve as a back drop for her
-Richard D. Smith, BLUEGRASS UNLIMITED, April
"Emily uses her voice like an instrument on soaring vocals, like
some country Joni Mitchell.
She hits wonderfully high notes on
"The Owl and Me," and Al's excellent mandolin work
nicely. He is also an accomplished fiddler, as
on "Peaks of Otter." That tune, by the way, contains the title
phrase, which is about, shall we say, sowing wild oats. This
couple has some unique, home-grown songs, presented
refreshing way. Give them a try!"
-Jim Jacquet, VICTORY REVIEW, October 1996
and mandolin playing, as always, is excellent. And
Emily's sweet voice is so warm and expressive. The combination
the two makes for some wonderful music."
-Jim Lee, DIRTY LINEN, June/July 1997