SESSION A9 – Session A9 (RAJ Records 005)

Featuring four world class fiddle players; Charlie McKerron, Gordon Gunn, Adam Sutherland and Kevin Henderson plus, for good measure Marc Clement (guitar), Brian McAlpine (piano and accordion) and percussionist David “Chimp” Robertson there’s no monkey-ing around with Session A9. The first track, McKerron’s “The Surfing Bride” is an attractive set-up with gentle piano introduction followed by solo fiddle before unleashing a glorious orchestra of fiddles washing over the listener like a musical spa before shifting up a gear into the key-alternating “Ruffus And Molly’s Wedding Polka” and the grand finale “One For Oliver”. For a bunch of musicians the other nice thing about the band is that they cover some excellent songs including Jackson Brown’s “These Days” featuring some country styled mandolin licks and the good -time “One For The Road” by the much missed John Martyn. In Clement (well, they can weather it) the group have a gifted lead vocalist and with all the members taking a stab at backing vocals they make an impressive wall of sound. This is the kind of recording where it sounds like all the members are having a blast playing together so be prepared to have your dancing shoes ready for some serious ceilidh swinging with a good time guaranteed . Nice one lads!

PETE FYFE


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