“First reissue from new Cherry Red offshoot is a folk blast. This debut from little-known, but highly regarded folk trio Hunter Muskett is an underground gem. The opening title track lays out their stall perfectly: layers of acoustic guitars, a delicate beat and some lush vocal harmonising. The songs are purposely poetic but it never sounds forced, even on the darker tracks, such as Midsummer Night’s Dream, where the melancholy just about hangs together without sounding passé. It’s a delicious balance.
Released here with a full account of the band’s history, laid down for the first time, this is a quintessentially English folk record that has waited a long time for the audience it deserves. Highly recommended.”
Jan Zarebs, Record Collector magazine.
Packed full of earthy, original songs, it masterly skirts the boundaries of baroque pop and folk-rock.
Rolling Stone: 4 stars (out of 5)
“A folksy trio, but one with a very sophisticated sound — thanks to some added arrangements from Richard Hewson — who gives the record a much fuller feel than you might guess from the acoustic image on the cover! Hunter Muskett’s a UK trio featuring Chris George, Terry Hiscock, and Doug Morter — all on vocals and acoustic guitar — sometimes singing solo, sometimes in a warmly harmonic mode that really sounds great with the fuller backings. And the backings are subtle enough, just a bit here and there — in the way that Nick Drake’s albums were augmented at points, but not all the way through — a wonderful balance that never softens the sound at all.”
Dusty Groove (USA)
‘..a lovely, warm bath of a record, unpretentious, classy… It’s much better than it has any right to be.. ‘
Colin Harper (biographer of Bert Jansch) writing in The Afterword
‘The album has a lovely, unhurried warmth. Mellow, laid back vocals drift around the common thread of some wonderful guitar work…as well as being extremely talented players these gentlemen know how to write a lyric. 8/10’
Peter Churchill, Americana UK (Jan 2018)
‘…a very classy affair… ‘
Unicorn Magazine (April 2015, Issue 130, page 49)
‘…agreeable acoustic roots and rock ...it’s sunny, grin-inducing and a run through of Walk Away Renee adds the icing.‘
fRoots (April 2014, page 97)
‘…a surprisingly palatable cake. This is one band that doesn’t have to stand on past glories ... worth catching live, too.’
Michael Heatley, Record Collector Magazine
BBC Radio Scotland - Ian Anderson’s album of the week (18th November)
‘…a fine group of musicians and songwriters.’
Peter Cowley - FATEA/Reviews (June 2013)
‘THAT WAS THEN, THIS IS NOW is a gorgeous record. Welcome back Hunter Muskett.’
Allan Wilkinson. Northern Sky.
…vocal and instrumental support combine to deliver a haunting and spiritual series of ballads. Absolutely marvellous! Everything I want from a true Folk album.
Rod Standen, EssexFolk
.. a lovely album full of great songwriting, lush vocal harmonies and superb musicianship..… remarkable that a band can get back together after forty years and produce an album which sounds so fresh and relevant to today.
Peter Cowley FATEA April 2017
‘…fine songs, great playing and even a guest vocal by Jacqui McShee. Definitely recommended.‘
Bev Harris Mainly Folk Brooklands Radio April 2017`
Must be one of the best album titles of recent years…good stuff…nice to have them back
Mike Harding Folk Show podcast #225 16 April 2017
" ... an evening of spell-binding brilliance"
David Pratt: FATEA / Live (November 2018)