Album Review- Hops & Stops by Four of a Kind

Hailing from the Netherlands and Belgium, Four of a Kind is actually three players- Michael Boere (uillean pipes), Tijn Berends (bouzouki, guitar, and harmonica), and Suzanne Leeuw (bodhrán). Their first album, Hops & Stops, was released in the late Spring of 2020. One of the first noticeable qualities of this album is the strength of both individual and ensemble playing. Each player demonstrates a mastery on their respective instruments. This is apparent from the very first track, “Intercity Utrecht”- from Boere’s precision of melody, to Berends’ drive in melody and accompaniment, to Leeuw’s tasteful use of the full range of the drum, it is clear that this is music made by very capabl

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