Rove is Eric McDonald's debut solo album, comprised partly of mandolin/guitar duets with guitarist Bethany Waickman and partly of self-accompanied songs and ballads. Produced by Nine Athens Music, the album is the apex of a decade performing and teaching traditional music in New England. The duets are a diverse set of tunes collected piecemeal, including some original compositions, some recent ones by modern musicians such as Phil Cunningham and Keith Murphy, and some very old traditional material. An infatuation with the troubadors of the British folk revival, particularly artists such as Tony Cuffe, Andy Irvine and Nic Jones led to the collection of ballads and to a partial shedding of a sideman's skin. When pieced together, the album is a compelling pictograph of Eric's offerings, with the sparse playing and bare arrangements making for a mellow but in no way jaded sound. Bethany Waickman is a guitarist based out of Portland, Maine. She accompanies some of the country’s finest players, be it at dance halls, pub sessions, or on the concert stage. Eric and Bethany met playing jam sessions and contra dances across New England and developed a collaboration. The addition of Bethany's wise playing adds many dimensions to Eric's music.