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The Alferd Packer Memorial String Band - Pi (Π)

The Band:

Lauralyn Bodle - fiddle, bass, vocals and big hair

Jim Brothers - washboard, jaw harp, whistles, horns and guns

Steve Goeke - banjo, bass and vocals

Matt Kirby - hammered dulcimer, accordion, snare drum, bodhran, vocals and vocal impressions

Steve Mason - fiddle, bass, guitar, mandolin and vocals

Mike Yoder - guitar, mandolin, bass and vocals

Track Listing

  1. Rural Rhythm

  2. Draggin' the Swine

  3. Pi

  4. Sally Smacked Me With a Flounder/Vinland Reel/Dancing on the Edge

  5. Waterbound

  6. Send Me to Glory in a Glad Bag

  7. Eight More Miles to Louisville

  8. Camp Branch

  9. Who Will Watch the Home Place

  10. Cold Sailor

  11. Stars & Stripes

  12. NaCl

  13. The Elements

  14. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter

  15. Big Hair

  16. Sally in the Garden with the Hog-Eyed Man/Worried in the Straw

  17. Slouching Toward Bethlehem

  18. Salvation

  19. I'm Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover


Alferd Packer

A Review

by Nathan Sanders,

Pi the latest CD from The Alferd Packer Memorial String Band will leave a very nice taste in your mouth and maybe even some things to think about it. Like a good pie, this CD contains a wealth of ingredients, namely outstanding musicianship, award-winning songs, and evidence of a band which really enjoys what they are doing. Like Pi, there is also an infinite amount of fun to be had by all.

The Alferd Packer Memorial String Band (TAPMSB) is also a fine example of what inspired the establishment of As a long time member of a very similar traditional and old-timey string band, my interest in acoustic music of this nature grew to the point where I wanted to do what I could to promote the institution known as the  string band and string band music to the masses who knew nothing of it. Thus several years ago I launched and became even more acquainted with the various interpretations of the "string band," from the likes of TAPMSB, to the Mummers in Philadelphia, to even more variations around the world.

 So it really thrills my heart when a group like TAPMSB produces an album of truly wonderful music which carries on the tradition. Pi really appeals to a wide array of individuals with its very nicely executed fiddle and dulcimer tunes, to its humor in the likes of the original award winning song Send Me To Glory In A Glad Bag, and even to the more scholarly with songs such as NaCl and The Elements, just to name a few of the tracks. If I were you, I would get in contact with the band and get your own copy. You'll be glad you did. And if you want to learn the history of the man Alferd Packer, click this link to Alferd Packer on Wikipedia. While not directly linked to the band, the story of this man might give you some insight into the humor of the band and might leave a different taste in your mouth. Seriously, though, check out The Alferd Packer Memorial String Band for a rollicking good time of music and fun.