Monthly news summary of all the happenings and up and coming events in the Scottish Traditional Music scene.
Debut album 'Partners in Crime' with fellow 'inmates' such as Paul Meehan, Caomhin Vallely, Ali Hutton & Rick Standley, which features many new compositions along with traditional tunes as never heard before.
Jarlath Henderson (D andC Uilleann Pipes and Low D Whistle)
Ross Ainslie (A Border Pipes and Low D,C,A Whistes)
Ali Hutton (Guitar)
Duncan Lyall (Double bass)
Paul Meehan (Guitar)
Caoimhin Vallely (Piano)
Nigel Richard (Cittern)
Rick Standley (Double bass)
Donald Shaw (Piano, Keyboards and Wurlitzer)
James Mackintosh (Percussion)
"The co-joining of Uilleann piper Jarlath Henderson and Scottish piper Ross Ainslie provides the listener with one of those rare moments that requires a good malt to sit and relax with. None more so than on the tracks “Jenna Drever Of Kirkwall” segueing into “Absynthe Makes The Heart Grow Fonder”. Both of these melodies utilise low whistles and the melancholy feel generated by the neat key changes alternating from major to minor will, I’m sure, be heard at many a good session. As expected, the duo are also capable of cranking the speeds up with some flashy displays of harmonic sparring including the grand opening track “Old Bush/Jolly Tinker/Richard Dwyer’s”. With youth very much on their side Ross and Jarlath have plenty of time to establish themselves as a force to be reckoned with....Reviewd by Pete Fyfe"
|Review:||Two frighteningly young pipers who have already won prizes and international acclaim, Ross and Jarlath come from the Irish and Scottish piping traditions respectively. The combination of uilleann pipes and Border pipes is pure alchemy: there's a risk it could blow up in your face, but on this occasion the result is rare and precious. The Old Bush kicks off with Jarlath's solo skills, but soon shifts into a dazzling duet. The two instruments meld on The Jolly Tinker, and Richard Dwyer's packs more punch than a boxing-glove factory. Jock Brown's 70th, Good Drying and Maverick Angels represent some of the finest recent tunes from both piping traditions, and they're rattled off flawlessly here. Ainslie and Henderson compositions can hold their heads up in such company; Dirty Bee and Absynthe from Ross, The Crackin Fiddle and Dudley Drive from Jarlath, are outstanding tunes.
The lads shift to whistles for a few slower numbers, in particular the very pretty air Jenna Drever of Kirkwa
|Title:||Scotland on Sunday|
|Source:||Scotland on Sunday|
|Review:||A gentleman has been described as "someone who can play the bagpipes, but doesn't". Well, these guys are no gentlemen. Separated by the Irish Sea, their common crime is having long hair and playing brilliantly on the bellows pipes – Ainslie on the Scottish Border or Lowland instrument, Henderson on the Uilleann. Huge technique (also on low whistles), adventurous contemporary rhythm, most of the compositional credits and solid studio support from some of Scotland and Ireland's top instrumentalists makes this a benchmark for the new generation.
|Review:||Wow! the most amazing piping and whistle-playing I've heard in years.|
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