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Groanbox are a brilliant raw acoustic trio comprised of my brother Cory Seznec, Michael Ward-Bergeman, and Paul Clifford. I am lucky enough to have been involved in the creation of all three of their albums as engineer and co-producer. Photo by Harry Kalish.
Most recently, Gran Bwa was recorded in Edinburgh, with some additional recording in Annapolis at the Seznec farm.
An eclectic offering that first takes on the grumpy, rustic temperament of Tom Wait’s Swordfishtrombones, only to veer into shamanic gypsy trance…An amazingly successful meld of folk styles and traditions, with a heavy sprinkling of inventiveness.. – Helen Keen, Maverick, May 2009
Eccentric, weird, brilliant, and certainly their best batch yet. -David Kidman, Netrhythms.co.uk, June 2009
Fences Come Down was recorded at Hollywood Farm in Maryland. The album received a four star review in The Guardian:
An extraordinary mix of European and American folk styles – like Uncle Dave Macon dancing on the tables in a Parisian cafe with Django Reinhardt and Clifton Chenier riffing in the background. Alfred Hickling, The Guardian.
Smokestack Trilogy was recorded at Harefield Hospital outside of London.
The Groanbox Boys’ recent release, Smokestack Trilogy, is a wonderful trip through American music, taking music from sixty and seventy years ago and putting a modern sheen to it. Throughout, the interplay between Ward-Bergman’s accordion and Seznec’s banjo is simply superb. Smokestack Trilogy has something special to offer fans of American Roots music. The Groanbox Boys touch on a variety of styles with this release and the results are outstanding. -Graham Clarke, Blues Bytes Magazine
Pure entertainment…One could close one’s eyes and be in the Mississippi Delta on an old fashioned paddle steamer…the Freedom Boot is an amazing piece of percussion…The tracks are well ordered, fluctuating between slow and melodic and fiery and furiously fast…They are crazy guys and this comes across on the CD. It is produced so well it almost seems as if they are in the room with you. -Helen Jones, from a 10 out of 10 review of Smokestack Trilogy that appeared in Blues in Britain