Guitarist Pablo Lafuente lends a gracious and delicate support to Lewis islander Josie Duncan’s pure, clear voice. Sung in Gaelic and in English, this is another fine example of modern traditional Scottish music.
An amazing duo who seized life by the scruff of the neck and shook it up vigorously. Using redundancy as an opportunity to see if they could make their music pay as a full-time job, this pair appear to have more than succeeded. It’s a great album, with strong songs and performances. A goodie.
A delicious slice of Sicilian sun that brightened up my winter listening. Reviewed for folking.com.
Singer Maeve Mackinnon’s album is almost all in Gaelic, which I don’t understand, but the emotions, rhythms and sounds all come across as clear as day. Fantastic stuff.
Sometimes – often – I get to review the most wonderful music, made by hugely talented people. And there is usually a fascinating story behind the songs chosen/written. Here, it’s a celebration of 5 years sober which is neither pious nor dull but a life-affirming joy. Listen.
One of Scotland’s huge bands, this one a celebration of their 25 years together. Happy anniversary, Faeries.
I had the privilege of reviewing this self-titled album by Scottish band, The Strange Blue Dreams for folking.com. It was one of those serendipitous occasions when you’ve agreed to review a cd, but the cover art is a bit discombobulating & you’re not sure what you’re going to get. At first glance the cover looks like a slightly sci-fi arrangement of pipes and tubes. Second glance (with your glasses on) and you realise it’s an artfully shot staircase – but still no hint as to what’s inside. And, then you put it on the cd player and are blown away by an amazing band. Really, really worth checking this lot out.
Here’s a review of Findlay Napier’s new album, Glasgow, that I wrote for folking.com. Great album with terrific artwork, too!
To say I was surprised when folking’s editor, Dai Jeffries, asked me if I’d like to do an interview with Sam Kelly, is the very definition of understatement. I was torn between excitement and nerves, the nerves winning out as the appointed hour grew nearer. I distracted myself by diving into research, drawing up lists of questions and seeking advice from my son (another music writer, with lots of interview experience, these days).
Anyway, Sam proved to be a delightful interviewee, very generous with his time and conversation. He really made it easy for this newbie. Thanks, Sam!
Here’s the interview as published in folking.com:
And, a couple of weeks later, I spotted the record company’s promotional material now features a quote from my interview (as well as from my colleague, Mike Davies’ album review), which is always gratifying.
I wrote a review of Gallery 47’s latest album, Adversity Breeds. Gallery 47 is Jack Peachey, originally coming from Nottingham’s thriving music scene, but now London-based.
The review was published on folking.com.