Thanks to Songlines for publishing a review of our new album in their November edition of the magazine. Nathaniel Handy called the album “a beautifully intimate collection of instrumentals” – thanks Nathaniel!
Songlines is always a great read, with good coverage of a wide variety of music from around the world. You can get hold of the magazine here, and the new album is available here.
[Full transcription of the review at the bottom of the page]
Energetic instrumentals offer an ‘in the room’ feel
This fourth studio album from the British folk trio is one of many albums born out of the pandemic that finds its essence in the live experience. The musicians felt a need to get back to basics in more ways than one. Firstly, they returned to their roots as an instrumental folk act, and secondly, they sat in a room and just played together. The result is a beautifully intimate collection of instrumentals, blending their own compositions with traditional material. They sought the ‘in the room’ folk session feel and there is a sense that you are only just along the settee from them as they play. This is as far from a tech-driven AI music session as you could come.
The trio is violinist Lewis Wood, Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne on Anglo concertina and George Sansome on guitar. On both lively jigs and mournful airs, each instrument is picked out with clarity. The album was made possible by a micro-grant from the English Folk Dance & Song Society, a heartening sign of support for music-making after the long hiatus.
Track to try: Considerate Birders
© Songlines/Nathaniel Handy 2021