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Karen Cook
Early Music America, November 2016

…performance is at turns intimate, inviting, playful, wistful, melancholy, even menacing. For those familiar with Renaissance lute songs and dances, the lower ranges of the colascione, the unabashed use of the full dynamic range of the instruments, and the support of Rucht’s array of percussion timbres in the new arrangements are enticingly welcome. © 2016 Early Music America Read complete review

Textura, September 2016

Ayreheart…is very much a contemporary folk group whose energized delivery breathes new life into music that just happens to have been written long ago.

Even a cursory listen to the fourteen settings on Barley Moon reveals that the group’s emotional and stylistic range is broad.

The impact of Brian Kay on the group’s sound can’t be overestimated, considering that his vocals are so central. His fresh, youthful tenor does much to give the group its contemporary character and lays to rest any doubt as to its vitality.

As memorable as his singing is, it’s matched in importance by the dense instrumental latticework generated by the lutes and percussion; certainly one of the album’s major pleasures derives from the sound of the lutes weaving together, a detail that naturally comes to the fore during the elegantly rendered instrumentals, …the integrity of Barley Moon’s traditional presentation hasn’t been compromised by an attempt to modernize it with electric instrumentation. Ayreheart is hardly in need of any such upgrade. © 2016 Textura Read complete review

Millennium of Music, August 2016

The ensemble [Ayreheart] blends the “art” and “folk” traditions so organically…

Barley Moon is music that is born of what has come, but leads us into where we can go: old forms born anew, and ever fresh. © 2016 Millennium of Music Read complete review

Robbie Gerson
Audiophile Audition, July 2016

…lively and emotional. …The lute play is prominent.

Barleycorn is a masterful achievement. …The mix is vibrant and expansive, without losing any of the instrumental precision. The lutes have a rich, natural reverberation. © 2016 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

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