The Bills (The Bill Hilly Band) – Let Em Run
We think Greg Quill of the Toronto Star may have described “Let Em Run” as well as anyone. Following up on the huge success of their 2002 CD, “All Day Every Day”, this astonishingly versatile and internationally popular Victoria, B.C. , folk quintet roars in with a polished sophomore effort that showcases their mastery of North American traditional forms – mostly hot bluegrass and jiggy Maritimes raunch – as well as their affection for melodic balladry, cabaret and even symphonic music. It’s hard to believe mere fiddles, accordion, mandolin, flat top guitar, stand up bass and occasional piano can create textures so elaborate and colourful. Among the best of the fifteen pieces served up here are the full-tilt title track, the loopy opus “Lay Down”, a stunning “Stardust” featuring Marc Atkinson on mandolin, guitarist/lyricist Chris Frye’s robust, Stan Rogers-ish acappella shanty “Bamfield’s John Vanden”, and several instrumental gems, including “The Gatlinburg”, “When The Bucket Runs Dry” and fiddler Adrian Dolan’s “Cambridge Set”.-Greg Quill, Toronto Star June 24, 2004
We at Borealis couldn’t agree more.
Produced by Joby Baker, Marc Atkinson and The Bills