Foot Stompin’ CDFSR1715
This review is written by Dai Woosnam, email@example.com, 5/02
This album has its moments. There were a couple of nanoseconds of real excitement, but in the end one felt that this threesome had delivered a solid and competent CD, but no more.
I still live in hope of being hit for six (you Americans reading this, please forgive the cricketing metaphor!) by a new young act on the Scottish scene. Just as I was the best part of a decade ago by Gillian MacDonald and Frank McLaughlin when they formed their duo “The Vital Spark”.
Here, Kris Drever the male guitarist/vocalist, and the two females on flute and fiddle (Nuala Kennedy and Anna Wendy Stevenson, respectively) do an honest job on the largely self-penned and the traditional. Kennedy’s vocal harmonies are particularly winning.
But I could have done without ANOTHER version of Steve Tilston’s “Slip Jigs and Reels”. Hey, don’t get me wrong. They do quite an inventive job on the middle eight. And it is not a bad song. It is a good one.
But alas, it is one of those songs (like Richard Thompson’s “Beeswing”) that have been elevated WAY beyond its status. Meanwhile, other far greater songs wither on the vine. How about a moratorium on recording either for the immediate future?
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