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This review is written by Kevin McCarthy, 3/98
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Davy Steele, late of Ceolbeg and Clan Alba and currently with The Battlefield Band, provides a mixture of traditional songs, love songs, tunes borrowed from other performers and his own compositions on this release.
Dominating this CD, though, are the works penned by Steele: "Brand New Day," "Jimmy Waddell/Lochanside," "Chasing Shadows," and "Scotland Yet."
"Brand New Day," while spare in backing and performed in a curious, low-key manner, provides an interesting take on immigrants (including the Celts) emulating the behaviors and actions (and sins) of the very oppressors they are fleeing, when encountering native peoples.
"Then on sacred ground owned by ancient man
You found rich soil and precious metal
So you swept them aside with your guns and lies
With only the thought of your own survival"
"Jimmy Waddell/Lochanside" examines a young man in a small Scottish village, trying to find his place in life. Shielded from the mines and the sea by his parents and, later trying, but failing to work the land, he joins The First of Foot (The Royal Scots) after being impressed by a Sergeant recruiting in his village. The last stanza provides the twist:
Their rush is not in what they own
But what they can acquire"
"While we still seek to blame our woes
And pains on someone else
We'll never have the strength to solve
Our problems for oorselves
In truth we fought each other mair
Learn this fro oor past
Then tigether we cin choose
Fur oorsells at last"
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