We've all gone solo, we all play solo, ain't life a solo? So goes the Sanny Denny song. However, best things happen sometimes in good company. Gudrun Walther (vocals, fiddle) and Jürgen Treyz (guitar) are members of German group Deitsch (FW#31, FW#32). Claire Mann (FW#25) is the Tabache (FW#4) flutist and fiddler gone solo, Aaron Jones (vocals, bouzouki) is best known as retired member of Northern Irish band Craobh Rua (FW#2) and lately of Scottish band Old Blind Dogs (FW#36). Together they are 2Duos!
They crossed their path again and again and developed a mutual understanding. Eventually the four took the 2Duos on the road in 2008 and decided afterwards to put it on CD. "Until the Cows Come Home" features folk music, being it German or Anglo, which fits perfectly together into a Planxty (FW#30) like sound. Francis Child meets Des Knaben Wunderhorn. Aaron Jones sings the "Midlothian Mining Song", Richard Thompson's "Beeswing" and David Francey's "Saints and Sinners"; Gudrun the "Markgrafensohn" (chorus with English lyrics made up and added), "Stets in Trauer", "Rheinbraut", "Ballade der Drei Grafen und der Nonne" - partly from Gudrun and Jürgen's "Königskinder" album - and the last curtain call "Lasst uns all nach Hause gehen". Both their singing is nice, and the four-part harmonies gorgeous. Additionally there are three fiery instrumental sets of Irish-Scottish tunes. Until the cows come home is a Scots saying which means something like very, very long, and possibly there is hope for more.