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Blazin' Fiddles filled the room with a mighty wall of sound. Six Scottish fiddlers -- Bruce MacGregor, Catriona MacDonald, Duncan Chisholm, Alan Henderson, Iain MacFarlane and Aiden O'Rourke -- were joined by keyboardist Andy Thorburn and guitarist Mark Clement for a powerful set of Shetland tunes, Scottish reels and pieces drawn from traditional Gaelic waulking songs. The six fiddles combined for a full sound and incredible synchroneity (with sporadic spotlights and duets to prove no one was faking it), playing at times in perfect unison and at others in a dizzying array of complementary harmonies. (www.rambles.net)
This is a superb album, with all the top notch tunes and technicalities we have come to expect from such a brilliant group. An enhanced section to play on the computer gives extra audio tracks along with slide shows and band information. The phrase "the old style" started off as a bit of a joke between the band. On this recording we've tried to capture more of what we do live. Hope you enjoy it! Outstanding vibrant Scottish folk fiddle.
The musicians featured on this CD are:- Allan Henderson, Catriona MacDonald, Iain MacFarlane, Bruce MacGregor, Aidan O'Rourke (fiddles), Marc Clement - guitar, Andy Thorburn - piano.
|Title:||Good fun, good album - there is not much more you can expect.|
|Review:||Blazin Fiddles is one of the newer bands from Scotland, and in the 4 years of its existance, it has built a reputation as one of the best Scottish bands. The band combines five musicians of the Top League of young Scottish fiddlers - Allan Henderson, Catriona Macdonald, Iain MacFarlane, Bruce MacGregor and Aidan O'Rourke. To balance all these fiddles, they are joined by Andy Thorburn on piano and Marc Clement on guitar. Their playing together is extremely tight, full of energy, well arranged.
Blazin Fiddles' first album, "Fire on!", was a real fireworks of the best of tunes this bunch of individual talents had on offer. Back then still joined by another famous fiddler, Duncan Chisholm, they played many old favourites of the individuals in new interpretations. "The old Style" cannot really compete against this; it comes along somewhat more gentle. Although there is a very high quality throughout the album, this one does not reach the same power that "Fire on!" had. Nevertheless definitely worth a listen and a buy, as this is still the Blazin Fiddles that we know and love, and the band managed once more to transfer the live energy of their concerts on CD.
The title of the album, "The old style", is a running joke between the band, well presented by the album cover and booklet, featuring wild photos of the Blazin Fiddles in traditional evening costumes, as well as the boys of the band in evening dresses. Those who like to see more of how the Blazin Fiddles in their dresses made Scotland's beaches unsafe, will be pleased to find out that there is an extensive slideshow in the Enhanced CD Rom section of the CD, full of mad photos. Also, for the real Blazin Fiddles' fans, the CD Rom section provides all those information you always wanted to know - the musicians' dates of births, eye coulour, Place of Birth, favourite curry, favourite drink, best hangover cure. Maybe you might even learn what about a sauna or playing golf to cure your hangovers?
Anyway, good fun, good album - there is not much more you can expect.
|Review:||Again the fiddle group have 'Blazed' a trail through the music. The band set these classics on fire and give the genre an entirely new lease of life.|
|1/7||Dancing on the Moon|
|Deliver to:||United Kingdom|