A Review of The Peatbog Faeries' CD
"Croftwork"


"Croftwork"
by The Peatbog Faeries

Peatbog Records CDBOG002
copyright: Peatbog Records 2005.
www.peatbogfaeries.com

This review is written by Dai Woosnam, daigress@hotmail.com, 6/05

The Peatbog Faeries are: Peter Morrison - Pipes & whistles, Roddy Neilson - Fiddle , Tom Salter - Guitar, Leighton Jones - Keyboards, Innes Hutton - Bass & percussion, Iain Copeland ­ Drums. But they are also something else: they are a FORCE OF NATURE.

This is the band that went down a storm at Cambridge and Glastonbury festivals. And I have chosen the word “storm” quite deliberately.

These people go for the musical jugular from the opening bar.

How can you categorise their music exactly? Some people call it “Scottish Fusion”. A friend of mine who has just heard this CD along with me, suggested “Scots CONfusion”! A bit harsh that, even if I can see where he is coming from.

When he looked at the band's line-up in the CD's liner notes, I had not started to play the album. And unlike me, he did not know about the band's reputation for being the “musical dynamite” band, par excellence! So, when he was “assaulted” (his word, not mine: though I am not sure it is either inaccurate or necessarily pejorative) by this cornucopia of world music influences laid upon a strongly Celtic base, with techno music and ingenious rhythms to the fore, I can understand him seeking refuge in the glib one-liner of “confusion”.

Suffice to say that if you are looking for a 2005 version of The Boys of the Lough, then look elsewhere. The Peatbog Faeries are not for you. Sure they have a not dissimilar degree of mastery of their instruments: but that is where comparisons end. This is a non-stop stream of high-octane “liquid melody” belted out at a decibel level to wake the dead.

Nor are they for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis sufferers. I figure such people would find this sheer ENERGY to be tiring.

But for generally healthy people who want to let their hair down, I can imagine that this would be the perfect album to make the party go with a swing. Just don't expect to hear the doorbell.

Dai Woosnam
Grimsby, England.
daigress@hotmail.com

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