There’s something unique, and beautiful about A Hawk and a Hacksaw. In these days of X-Factor and formulaic unit-obsessed drivel, the Albuquerque, New Mexico duo have furrowed if not a lonely path, then a reasonably empty one. After playing drums in the much missed Natural Milk Hotel, Jeremy Barnes passed through several bands, before travelling Europe and emersing himself in the culture and music of the continent. In 2001 he formed A Hawk and a Hacksaw, playing the accordion, and recruited his now-wife Heather Trost, on Violin.
Developing ideas taken from (predominantly Eastern) European folk music, the have made a handful of albums of stunning quality, breadth and beauty. Out now is their latest album ‘You have already gone to the other world’, so we spoke to Jeremy Barnes about the band, the album and their influences.