Canterach – Canterach

Canterach - CanterachCor blimey! Scotland must count itself the session man’s home from home. Another band featuring a few recognisable faces namely Ross Kennedy, Steve Lawrence, Iain MacInnes, Alistair McCulloch and Rod Paul. For those of you that follow the Celtic scene as much as I do, this is another marriage made in heaven. But what of the music? Well, as you’d expect, there’s some impeccable instrumental work including a version of ‘Willie Nicholson’s Jig’ where the harmony interplay between mandolin, pipes and fiddle blends like a fine malt.

‘Johnny ‘Braidislea’ is given yet another airing but I’m not sure of the inclusion of ‘Elloiot’s Reel’ taking the edge away from the song as it’s performed in a major key. Far better is the following track ‘On The ‘Wings Of A Scorie/The Rejected Suitor’ where the unison leads set up the beautiful tone of Iain’s smallpipes. All in all, a very rewarding album.

Original Posting date – 6-June-2001
Reviewers Name – Pete Fyfe’s very own Paul Johnson, and the team look forward to covering the New Forest Folk Festival again this year with bigger and better coverage.

Paul will be at The New Forest Folk Festival bringing coverage and as many of his audio interviews with the performers as he can grab and Lewis Beech will be face-booking, insta-gramming and Tweeting from the festival all weekend. ~ find out more here ~

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