This has been one of my favorite bands over the last years, and this is perhaps by favorite record of theirs. A Hawk And A Hacksaw is primarily a duo from New Mexico comprised of Jeremy Barnes formerly of Neutral Milk Hotel and Heather Trost. The duo has been joined by various musicians live and in the studio to help round out their performances, but the core of the band is strictly percussion and violin.
One of these contributors is Zach Condon from Beirut, which has helped AHAAH gain some notice in the public eye, as well as th fact as AHAAH members have been part of Beirut's backup band live as well.
This record is from 2005, and is a stunning display of Eastern European traditional music. It is emotive, uplifting and inspiring. People who enjoy bands such as Gogol Bordello, Taraf De Haidouks, Farmers Market or any other Eastern European/Balkan inspired bands are sure to delight in this duo. The last track on the album "Portlandtown," almost brings tears to my eyes as it seems to have been written for me. Superb album. Info HERE and download HERE.