“The show was just perfect with skilled musicians, a beautiful dancer and a patter that kept the whole thing together, gave it shape and purpose, and ensuring that the audience wanted more. And they did! Please come back soon!”
Promoter, Take Art Rural Touring (Venue: Wootton Courtenay)
“Great old-time music!…”
“A feast of fiddle and banjo-led tunes and songs in the high lonesome sound of the South Appalachian Mountains. Led by Kate Lissauer, a champion American fiddler and dynamic singer, they mix ballads, blues and spirituals with soaring harmonies and dazzling displays of percussive step-dancing”
“This is a real band, the whole greater than the sum of its parts. That extra ingredient is spirit, and the Gals have it in abundance”
“What a treat! The Buffalo Gals led by Kate Lissauer provided an evening’s entertainment that was enjoyable, stimulating and above all, authentic.”
“The first time I listened to Buffalo Gals I was hugely excited! The joint was jumpin’! There was never any question that this would make a great rural tour…great listening and great dancing…highly recommended.”
Sue Roberts, Artservice, Leicester and Worcester Arts Council
“Buffalo Gals is a force to be reckoned with.”
“One of my best experiences at Glastonbury this year was seeing the Buffalo Gals on the Avalon Cafe Stage, late at night, with their wonderful dancer.”
Radio 1, Glastonbury festival-goers interview
“Thank you for making this year’s festival a bigger success…The public has been unanimous in their appreciation of the musicianship and the enjoyment they got out of your presentation.”
Cornish Bluegrass association
“A packed hall echoed to the sound of the ‘Buffalo Gals’–A lively and unique band!”
Hog the Limelight, Herefordshire Arts Council
“It would be hard to single out any band for individual praise as they were all so good but ones that will stand out in my memory were Kate Lissauer and the Buffalo Gals”
Cornish Bluegrass Association festival review
“We had so many people say to us, without exception, how excellent you all were…a lot of people have never heard this kind of music and are now converts!”
Wildwood Flower Mountain Music Club
WON’T YOU COME OUT TONIGHT?
“It is a marvellous album, well worth major league distribution and easily capable of creating new fans for old time country music.
The band features Kate Lissauer on fiddle and vocals with Sue Clare adding wonderful harmonies and the occasional lead as well as mandolin. The third female Gal is flatfoot dancer Sibylle Riesen. The male Gals are Pete Dunn, who sings and plays rock-solid flatpick guitar, banjoist Johnny Whelan, and another rock-solid player, double bassist Tim Smith.
The CD begins with an extraordinary version of Cumberland Gap that will have you up and dancing with joy. It continues without faltering to include In My Time of Dying – familiar to many from Led Zeppelin, also on Bob Dylan’s first album, but first recorded by Blind Willie Johnson. Sung by Sue, this version is closer to the older version, and rings with its own authenticity.
I could go on: a great version of Johnson Boys, a rollicking Polecat Blues, the fiddling tour de force of Elzic’s Farewell . . . this album will have you smiling and dancing.
It will also teach you something about old time country, both from Kate’s informative liner notes and from the communal country spirit that infuses it. Kudos, too, to producers Leon Hunt and Josh Clark for a superb and obviously relaxed recording.”
Charley Dunlap – Bath Evening Chronicle 22 July 2005
“One of my top favourite listening choices!”
John Wirtz, Chairman, British Blkuegrass Music Association
“The energy, enthusiasm, and sheer skill of all concerned is immediately obvious.”
The OLd-TIme News
WON’T GET TROUBLE IN MIND
“A very enjoyable CD!…These musicians have done their homework…They are having fun making music together and singing together, and you can hear it”
The Old-TIme Herald
“Delightful and joyous music-making…one of the most safely recommendable of recent discs in its field.”
WON’T YOU BE CRUEL TO BE KIND
The Gals deliver yet another charmingly unique collection of songs.
The Buffalo Gals might just be one of the finest old-time country string bands to date, and by far one of the most talented and inventive groups I’ve so far come across.
There’s some great old-timey bluegrass number on the record, from the Irish-infused Jerusalem Ridge and Patty On The Turnpike/Shady Grove to the fast paced and pickings of Falls Of Richmond, I’m A Wild And Restless Cowboy and Greasy Coat; their passion and talent for the craft shining through, and it has to be said, they come together and do it so well.
Sweet Marie opens the album beautifully wiht some delicious soaring fiddle, laying the tone for the rest of the record.
The band has got something really special here and has made it into what could become their trademark sound. For those of you who like music from the yesteryears, then this one comes highly recommended.
Emily Saxton, Maverick