The Scoville Units offer spicy hybrid sound

Scoville Units are not just for measuring the potency of fiery hot peppers anymore. A new British band has co-opted the name for their hybrid of bluegrass, Celtic and new acoustic music, and the result is a spicy stew indeed.

OK… enough with the clever puns. The Scoville Units combine English grassers Leon Hunt on banjo and Rex Preston on mandolin, with jazz/folk players Ed Boyd on guitar and Miranda Sykes on bass, and Celtic performers Gina Griffin on fiddle/vocals, and Josh Clark on bodhran.

We first discovered this bunch through a somewhat impromptu set they did at Celtic Connections in 2009. From this inauspicious beginning has sprung a full-fledged band effort, with a new CD due January 24, 2011. They have already been booked for Celtic Connections 2011 in support of Jerry Douglas, and have created this video to introduce themselves and their music to the rest of the acoustic music world.

They are remarkable pickers and Griffin is a fine singer. It’s a lovely sound – more audio samples available online – and we look very much forward to their debut album.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.