Some say Wild Asparagus is the hottest contra band from New England. Certainly those packing the local dance halls as they tour would agree. Best of Wild Asparagus includes selections from five Wild Asparagus' releases, starting with Music from a Little Known Planet in 1989, to their latest, Wherever You Go. As to their style of contra - Celtic influenced, but with their own special magic.
Sam Bartlett, David Cantieni, Van Kaynor, Stuart Kenney, Mary Lea, George Marshall, Ann Percival, Sue Sternberg, Becky Tracy
Special Guests: Lee Blackwell, Keith Murphy, Danny Noveck, Dirk Powell, Mark Roberts, Pete Sutherland
Total Time 56.54
Double CD - $20
This is an important recording. Fourteen dance length cuts, recorded live as advertised. Great contra energy. This CD is great insurance for the dance organizer in the event the band doesn't show up!
Here you have accomplished musicians playing lively, traditional music with their own flare. Wild Asparagus have a sound all of their own. Their tune choices are interesting and fun and they have arranged them in a very harmonious order. This is seductive music that draws you into it's web. Beware!
George Marshall, David Cantieni, Ann Percival, Susan Sternberg, Sam Bartlett, Dirk Powell, Danny Noveck, Peter Sutherland 1993
Wild Asparagus really struts it's stuff on this their third CD. George Marshall's swirling concertina plays tag with Becky Tracy's fiddle and David Canteini's flute, oboe and bombard. Ann Percival's creative yet solid rhythm on guitar and piano keeps the rest of the crew in line. Some of their most memorable cuts are here, such as Lafferty's, the Orphan and Belle Gaspesie medleys.
George Marshall, David Cantieni, Ann Percival, Becky Tracy, Sam Bartlett, Stuart Kenney 1997
Tone Roads is the first CD for Wild Asparagus. Released in 1990, Tone Roads also released a flurry of excitement in the contra music scene. The dance crowds were waiting for this recording and their wait was rewarded with first class music that spread the joy and excitement beyond the dance community to new audiences. Audiences found that Wild Asparagus produced first class listening music too.
George Marshall, David Cantieni, Ann Percival, Mary Lea, Susan Sternberg, Stuart Kenney 1990
Wild Asparagus produces great folk music. Sam Amidon and Thomas Bartlett of Popcorn Behavior says it all. "Folk Music at its best: uniquely fine-tuned and complex arrangements that are always rooted in the raw energy of dance music. Wild Asparagus produces folk music so full of ideas that you'll never lose interest, and with so much groove that you'll never stop dancing"
Becky Tracy, David Cantieni, George Marshall, Ann Percival, Stuart Kenney, Keith Murphy, Lee Blackwell 2001