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Album Review

Peter Ostroushko is a master musician who just happens to love roots music in its many forms. This album, composed of ten pieces he wrote for his appearances on the radio show A Prairie Home Companion, is a perfect illustration of his breadth and instrumental virtuosity on both fiddle and mandolin. "(Peter's Most Excellent) Trip to Donegal" is an exercise in Irish music that's anything but by the numbers, his filigree decorations to the tune coming with great imagination and speed. "President George W. Bush's Hornpipe" is a comic construction, lurching drunkenly from phrase to phrase, but resolving itself in sprightly fashion. "Cashdollar Blues" takes him into the heart of American music, as does "Topanga Canyon Strut," although in a more countrified way. The only track that doesn't really work is "Hymn: Page 9/11," perhaps because the emotions involved remain too fresh to be put into notes. With that caveat, this is one of Ostroushko's best releases — and that statement alone is no small praise, given his stature as one of the American greats.

Customer Reviews


The first time I heard "New Smyrna Serenade" was on the Prarie Home Companion Show Feb. 25 2006. I thought it was about the most beautiful song I ever heard. A mandolin and piano duet. What a cool sound. I searched for it on iTunes and here it is. I hope you enjoy.

Sublime folk music

Heard live in an acoustic club in Birmingham, Alabama. So, so good! If you have a chance to see him, go, you won't regret it. Check out the songs to see if they are what you like because Peter's influences are varied from American folk to Scottish/English influences to Blues and world music. Wonderful, talented and intelligent. Stimulating in a quiet way. "Trip to Donegal" - memorializes an unexpected artist's grant won by Peter for his genius. He used the grant to travel to Donegal in Ireland to listen to his favorite fiddle player. When the Irish folks realized who he was and why he was there, they arranged an impromptu meeting of all the folk players in Ireland (or something like that) and Peter related that 300 people jammed the hall! He is an American folk music treasure. Be sure to check out his other music as well. Did you know that Peter played with Bob Dylan on Blood on the Tracks? He is from Minnesota like Dylan, like the Prairie Home Companion.


I love East Texas Waltz. Part of my beautiful music collection. Whenever it plays friends ask about it.


Born: August 12, 1953

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

The musical traditions of the Ukraine are fused with an aural reflection of America's Midwest by mandolin and fiddle player Peter Ostroushko. Best known for his regular appearances on National Public Radio show A Prairie Home Companion, Ostroushko (pronounced: Oh-STREW-shko) has consistently achieved high standards with his solo recordings and duo albums with Minnesota-based acoustic guitarist Dean Magraw. Equally skillful on fiddle and mandolin, Ostroushko is, according to flatpicking guitar wiz...
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