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Gone Dancing
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Gone Dancing

by Fine Friday

Gone Dancing - Fine Friday:  Five songs and eight instrumental tracks make up the 50 minutes of this delightful Scots/Irish collaboration featuring Anna-Wendy Stevenson, Nuala Kennedy and Kris Drever. The band  Fine Friday grew out of a regular session in Edinburgh's famous 'folk' pub Sandy Bells. Although all three moved on to do other things within trad music, this excellent CD was their first recording together, a superb showcase for the three young but seasoned leading lights of Edinburgh’s renowned celtic scene.

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Media Reviews

a sweet balance of grace and vitality
Title: a sweet balance of grace and vitality
Source: Sunday Herald
Review: Fine Friday is a new collaboration between three young veterans of Edinburgh's session scene: Kris Drever (guitar/vocals), Nuala Kennedy (flute/whistles) and Anna-Wendy Stevenson (fiddle). Their debut album, comprising five songs and eight instrumental tracks, is as easy and cheery as their name suggests -- and the absence of any guest players means the focus is squarely on the trio's vibrant empathy. On the song front Drever displays a maturity well beyond his years in covers both of traditional standards (Cold Blow And The Rainy Night, The Selkie, Funeray) and contemporary compositions (Boo Hewerdine's Hummingbird, Steve Tilston's Slip Jigs And Reels). His warm, urgently soulful voice and strikingly individual phrasing make even familiar material emphatically his own. The tunes -- a mix of Scottish, Irish, Scandinavian and original material -- keep the pace nice and mellow, while Kennedy and Stevenson's melodic interplay supplies a sweet balance of grace and vitality, fruitfully backed up by Drever's distinctively shaded guitar work.Sue Wilson - Sunday Herald
 
Another fine band to emerge from Edinburgh’s musicscene keep it refreshingly simple on their debut release.
Title: Another fine band to emerge from Edinburgh’s musicscene keep it refreshingly simple on their debut release.
Source: Inverness Courier
Date: 26-Apr-2002
Review:  Irish flautist Nuala Kennedy, Ediburgh fiddler Anna-Wendy Stevenson and Orkney’s Kris Drever handling guitar and vocals, demonstrate that big production numbers or flirting with technology are not essential to make an impression. Their light touch is reflected in the album notes and track-titles – one Norwegian –flavoured set is saddled with the punny “Rock ‘n’ Troll” – and if the titles cause groans the music will surely not. Voices and instruments blend well and each of the team has their own spot in the l8melight. Kris is a fine interpreter of song, drawing on his island rots to lay down fine versions of the familiar “Selkie” and “Funeray”, while the Billy-the-Kid inspired “Slip Jigs & Reels” could be the nicest song you will ever hear about a homicidal gunfighter.
 
This is an intelligent, well-rounded, joyful album.
Title: This is an intelligent, well-rounded, joyful album.
Source: Am Papier
Review: In folk/trad circles, it is not very difficult to detect players who have cut their teeth on late night sessions versus those who have been at home nursing on their favourite tune books. You can tell by this band’s solid sense of rhythm that they have spent many long hours watching (or not) as pints lemming themselves off of tables to the pace of the feet beneath them. However, what really sets this album apart is the creativity that has gone into the arrangements. They thoroughly explore the possibilities in each tune and song, producing such a rich sound it is hard to believe that there are usually only 3 instruments playing at any given time. Here and there, they sound almost like a chamber orchestra—for instance at beginning of track 2 (‘The Humours of Westport’) when guitar and fiddle set a fast melodic line, to which the flute plays an interval, before the fiddle frees itself into the tune with the countermelody pulsing away beneath it. Lovely! There are also great compositions on the album from Kennedy and Stevenson, my favourite being Stevenson’s jig ‘A Tune For Nuala’. Drever is a very natural folk singer (who wouldn’t be with a father like Ivan?) and his crafty guitar playing and fine song renditions remind me of a young Dick Gaughin. This is an intelligent, well-rounded, joyful album. Very highly recommended.
 
Once again Foot Stompin’ Records blaze a trail in drawing attention to young Scottish talent.
Title: Once again Foot Stompin’ Records blaze a trail in drawing attention to young Scottish talent.
Source: Taplas
Review: Fine Friday’s first album Gone Dancing impresses mightily, effortlessly avoiding all the usual pitfalls. They have a distinctive sound, giving their own stamp to material from Scotland, Ireland and Scandinavia. Moreover, the songs, although mainly well known, are given an original interpretation by singer/guitarist Kris Drever. My hat’s off to anyone who can turn in versions like this of Selkie and Cold Blow and the Rainy Night. Anna-Wendy Stevenson’s fiddle playing has a lovely lilt and her duetting with flute player Nuala Kennedy is delightfully tight. Produced by Ian Carr, this is an extremely impressive debut. Once again Foot Stompin’ Records blaze a trail in drawing attention to young Scottish talent.
 
A thrilling tapestry of sound......
Title: A thrilling tapestry of sound......
Source: The Scots Magazine
Review: Fine Friday are a group of three young musicians who seem to be based in Edinburgh, though the trio are widespread; fiddler Anna-Wendy Stevenson (niece of harpist Savourna, by the way) is from Edinburgh; Nuala Kennedy from Dundalk is on flute, whistles and vocals; and Kris Drever (son of Ivan), who plays guitar, double bass and vocals, is of course from Orkney.As might be expected with this ethnic stramash of Celtic and Norse, the music on their debut album, Gone Dancing, is dynamic and vital, and really makes you sit up and take notice.Thirteen tracks, unlucky for none, illustrate how well the three complement each other for a thrilling tapestry of sound, not without its twists of humour: a hard-driving Hardanger fiddle set rejoices in the name of “Rock ’n’ Troll”, for example!
 
This group shows it has its own distinctive take on the tradition.
Title: This group shows it has its own distinctive take on the tradition.
Source: Dirty Linen
Review: Yet another flute, fiddle and guitar trio from Scotland, But Fine Friday is anything but typical. From the opening track, a decidedly different version of the traditional “Cold Blow” sung by Kris Drever to the inventive and adventurous interplay between Anna-Wendy Stevenson’s fiddle and Nuala Kennedy’s flute and whistles, the group shows it has its own distinctive take on the tradition. As good as the two women are, it’s Drever’s guitar playing that holds things together, and he has a strong sense of rhythm that adds much to the instrumental pieces. He’s also a good singer, as shown  on his version of Boo  Hewerdine’s Humming Bird and Steve Tilson’s Slip Jigs and Reels. A strong debut recording and one that points to even better things in future.
 
They sound like a band with a future, though what they are doing at present is impressive.
Title: They sound like a band with a future, though what they are doing at present is impressive.
Source: Simon Brown
Review: Fine Friday are a young Scottish trio: Wendy Stevenson (fiddle), Nuala Kennedy (flute, whistles, backing vocals), and Kris Drever (guitar, vocals, double bass). In fact, Nuala is  from Ireland but they are very much part of the Scottish musical scene and their music is the tradition of that country. Their songs, jigs, reels and airs, many of them self penned, are played with a fine sensitivity and a touch of understatement that never feels like lack of spirit. They sound like a band with a future, though what they are doing at present is impressive.
 
Modern, unpredictable folk music that demands your attention, this impressive threesome give a new meaning to the term TFI Friday....Barry Gordon 27th July 2004
Title: Modern, unpredictable folk music that demands your attention, this impressive threesome give a new meaning to the term TFI Friday....Barry Gordon 27th July 2004
Source: Evening News - live review
 

Customer Reviews

Smashing debut
Simon T
Title: Smashing debut
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Name: Simon T
Review: Fine Friday are one of my favourite bands. This is their debut CD which brought them on to the scene with a bang. The balance of instrumentation and song is just geat and Kris Drever's singing is some of the best you will hear. I thoroughly recommend this CD.
 
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Disks / Tracks

Track Name Listen
1/1 Cold Blow
1/2 The Humours of Westport/ Julia Delaney's/ Andy Broons
1/3 Jean Mauchline/ Tune for Nuala
1/4 Selkie
1/5 Rosie Martin's/ Miss Anne Cameron of Balvenie/ Lord Lovat's
1/6 Gamaldans/ Vossavalsen/ Reinlenter
1/7 Hummingbird
1/8 Compliments to Sean Maguire/ Compliments to Hugh Hughson of Newcastle
1/9 Alison's Lament/ Hanna Luers
1/10 Slip Jigs and Reels
1/11 Lacy's Jig/ Grogan's Jig/ Winnie Hayes Jig
1/12 Gerry Cromane's/ Ceapaval/ The Duchess of Percy
1/13 Funeray
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