“Alex Caton is an old-time fiddler, singer-songwriter and banjo player whose 2009 release, the Sinners and the Saved, was one of my favorite traditional folk/ Americana-type releases from 2009…This one I recommend. Donald Nitchie, Banjo Newsletter, Vol. XXXVIII, No.4, February 2011″
“Alex Caton has a purity and honesty that is both rare and irresistible” — Larry Campbell, musician and producer
Forget everything you know—or thought you knew—about old time, Irish standards, bluegrass…gypsy airs (do you really know anything about gypsy airs?), today’s music and tomorrow’s rhythms. When Alex Caton picks up her fiddle (after putting down her whiskey) all bets are off, all expectations shatter, all preferences and preconceived notions dissolve as fast as a summer storm over the Appalachians or a windy gale on the Kerry coast. And the music made by that exquisite fairy sprite on stage (trust us, there’s a magic about her) will make tunes sound fresher and more real than the moment they were first played. Your re-education—and sublime enjoyment— have begun.
But enough of this out-there, lyrical she’s-just-bewitching acclaim. What really matters is: The girl can fiddle. The chick can sing. She’s got the grace and unaffected charm of a British Isle lass, the sass of a gypsy siren, the vocabulary and talent of a cursing and grunting old mountain fiddler. She’ll hold her own at a society wedding or a down-home music jam (wearing different outfits for each). That’s because when she starts in on an old standard or one of her original songs, the pure joy she takes from performing is downright infectious. Grandmothers and grizzled old men find their minds slipping away from the country club or the crowded bar to…a misty mountain holler. A crackling-with-energy gypsy camp. Even those black-clad hipster wannabes can’t help themselves from tapping their toes. Because, let’s face it. Alex—and her music—are just plain COOL.