Issue 24 12/2002
What I should mention first - I have a deep love for the Glaswegian
song culture. I have always highly enjoyed to hear songs of the likes of
the Hamish Imlach, Danny Kyle or Iain MacKintosh. Recently I have not heard
much Glaswegian songs...
So it was a pleasure to receive out of Canada an album of the good Glasgow singer Enoch Kent. Although he has lived in Canada for quite a while, you can hear from his first word on where he was born and bred.
'I'm a workin'chap' is a singer album. Some of the songs are a capella, but there are also some instruments to underline the songs: Enoch himself plays guitar, other guitarists are Ian Bell and Tim Harrison, Shelley Brown plays the flute and does some background singing, Lawrence Stevenson plays fiddle and also sings and finally the third background singer is Tam Kearney. The music instruments stay always in the background, they are just underlining the singing.
Enoch sings some well known, some lesser known and some own songs - among them are Jamie Foyers, Collier Laddie and The Bonnie Lass.
This fine album reminds me of great times I have spent in singers nights on the Isle of Bute festival and other places in Scotland... If you want to hear a fine typical Glaswegian singer, give Enoch your ear!
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Wow - what a band! This just ca. 20 minutes long promotional
CD lets me wait for their first full CD - hopefully they will make it in
Wah - that means 'Yes' in popular arabic - is a young band hailing from Nimes in southern France. Their music is very fresh and straight forward. Wah are calling their music short oriental groove. On the one hand it is very European music, on the other hand it has many arabic influence. They are doing a very hot mixture of music mainly form around the Mediterranean - pretty close to arabe-andalousian. They are singing in four different languages: French, Spanish, Arabic and English - and besides having different cultural influences they are also musical very open minded: Jazz, pop latino, rock and reggae. And one of the lead singer - Djamel - has even studied for seven years opera singing, and he is a confirmed choir dorector - which is great for Wah, because they all do sing.
So check out WAH - they are worth it! I am sure they will make it to the top...
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Malinky is one of the rising young bands from Scotland. I
first heard the band around the great young singer Karine Polwart some years
ago when they won the Danny Kyle award at the open stage at Celtic Connection
in Glasgow. One year later they had their debut CD on Scotlands finest label
- and this is now their second album.
It's always great to find young musicians playing acoustic folk music. Although I do love also some harder and more weired stuff, it is great to have the real acoustic stuff played by the young gernetaion of folk musicians. And Malinky are one of the best in Scotland.
As you can see from the producer of the album - John Morran, a very fine Scottish singer best known for his work with Deaf Shepherd - Malinky are focused on the songs. 10 out of 13 tracks are songs - and with three great singers (Karine Polwart - who has been singer in the Battlefield band for a good year, before leaving again to focus on Malinky, Steve Byrne and Mark Dunlop) in the band this is obvious and good. Some songs are traditional, but with the time the bands members are becoming increasingly good songwriters, too...
I have talked a lot about the songs by now - but although focussing on fine songs, Malinky are also a excellent instrumentalists: They play fiddle, bouzouki, whistle, bodhran, box, guitar, cittern and mandolin. Especially the new member Leo McCann - maybe the finest button box player in Scotland - makes their sound even richer.
The Scottish traditions will be kept alive by great bands such as Malinky.
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Fraser Fifield is a well known face in the Scottish music
scene. The young Scotsman is best known for his innovative Scottish folk
saxophone playing and as piper and whistle player. But he plays many more
The first time I recognized him as an outstanding musician was on the 1997 album 'right side o' the people...' by the Mick West band - on this amazing album Fraser's saxophone playing to traditional style singing was just great.
But lets talk about Fraser Fifields first solo album - and this really is a solo album: Fraser has composed all the music on this album and he even plays nearly all the instruments. Only on three tracks he is joined by Graeme Stephen on electric guitar and on one on acoustic guitar by Malcolm Stitt. Fraser plays: low whistle, soprano and alto saxophone, small pipes, border pipes, highland pipes, keyboards, acoustic guitar, clarinet and various percussion instruments including cajon, djembe, congas and bodhran. Fraser is seldomly heard as a solo musician on this album, normally you can hear Fraser playing many instruments at the same time - the sound nevertheless sounds very much like a great band in full flight.
His compositions are great, a bit weired, some are really ear wigs. His music is steeped in the traditions of Scotland - but it has many other influences.
An innovative album of an innovative young musician. You surely will hear much more of him.
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Marimba Plus are hailling from russia - their music is innovative,
rootsy, a bit trancy, a bit clubby, a bit jazzy, with a definite classical
touch, and it seems to be played just on acoustic instruments.
I can't tell you much about the band or this album, because the information in the booklet is very sparse - and apart from the titles of the tracks (which are translated into English and in Latin letters) all the information is in cyrillic.
The compositions are all made by the band - and they like to play longer pieces (half of them are longer than 8 minutes). The central melody instruments are a wooden flute and a clarinett or saxophone together with a xylophon; additionally there is a double bass, a viola and percussion.
Marimba Plus have created a fascinating piece of art.
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Gilles Le Bigot is a wellknown Breton guitarist (and tambura
player), he has played and plays in several bands. But now he has made his
first solo CD. Solo album might not be the totally right description - he
has invited many guest musicians to play with him. But Gilles has composed
nearly all the music played on 'empreintes', except two numbers, one of
His band includes saxophone, clarinette, flute, acoustic bass guitar, guitar andpercussion. And for a bit of variation he has invited Marthe Vassallo to sing three songs, one in English language ('The fisherman' written by Eithne Ni Uillachain) and two in Breton language, one trad and one written by Marthe.
All in all a more quiet album with some great moments. Especially I like some of the moody saxophone episodes.
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Fine songs from the Basque Country are on Elearen Lainoa presented
by the excellent female singer Olatz Zugasti. Olatz has a fine voice, she
knows how to create emotions. Some songs are quiet and thoughtful, others
are more straight forward and a bit aggressive.
The arrangements are well made, they underline the voice in a fine way. I try to translate the instruments played on this album from the basque language - hopefully I will not be totally wrong: The musicians on the album are Xabier Zeberio who plays Arrabita (no idea what that could be), Francisco Herrero plays violin, Pell Ramirez the cello, Rafael Alonso the oboe, Mixel Ducau sax and clarinet, Angel Unzu guitar, percussion, keys, accordion and acoustic bass, Mikel Fernandez does programming, and plays keys, percussion, piano and 'ahotsa' (I do not know...) finally Olatz herself plays harp, keys and ahotsak.
It is an album full of mood - I like it.
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