Roger Landes and Randal Bays "House to House" Recording Receives Irish Times Pick of 2005
By Mandolin Cafe
December 30, 2005 - 8:30 am
Roger Landes and Randal Bays
"House to House", a live recording by Taos, New Mexico based bouzouki and mandolin player Roger Landes and fiddler Randal Bays has been picked by the The Irish Times of Dublin, Ireland as one of the top five traditional Irish recordings of the year.
"American duo Randal Bays and Roger Landes took centre stage with not so much as a spotlight to surprise and delight with their fiddle and bouzouki duet, House to House. At a sufficient remove from the origins of the music they evidently love, Bays and Landes inhabited the tunes with a refreshing vigour, and their insistence on retaining the personality of the live recording, replete with foot taps and squeaky chairs, only added to the technicolour of the collection," Times writer Siobhan Long was quoted saying.
Landes is also the founder and director of ZoukFest, a world music camp held in New Mexico each year.