Kirsty Law – Shift | Album Review | Toun Records | Review by Allan Wilkinson | 01.01.15
If we strip away all the Newcastle Folk Degree connotations and folk award nominations that go with it and just for a moment concentrate on the actual music and the physical object, what we have here is a fine example of contemporary folk musicianship, provided by some of the brightest young things in Scots music at the moment, with a highly competent new voice that lends itself to traditional and contemporary folk song, but with that all important roughly-hewn edge. Kirsty Law’s debt album, produced by Mattie Foulds, is a collection of both traditional and self-penned songs, with one or two familiar Scots poems given fresh arrangements. Kirsty provides some ‘clunky’ piano on the haunting Lament of the Border Widow, but leaves the instrumentation pretty much to Rona Wilkie and Marit Falt for the remainder of the album, with further contributions from David Milligan on Rhodes Piano and Conrad Molleson on double bass. The album also sees a collaboration with Drew Wright aka Wounded Knee on the punchy children’s song “Riddles”. The album leaves us wanting more.
The Changing Room – Wreckers | Single | Self Release | Review by Allan Wilkinson | 02.01.15
For the second single from the forthcoming album Behind The Lace, soon to be released by one of the UKs eagerly anticipated projects The Changing Room, we turn to the theme of shipwrecks and piracy along the rugged Cornish coast, easily conjuring images of Hitchcock’s atmospheric monochrome period-piece Jamaica Inn. For Wreckers, the nucleus of singer/songwriter Tanya Brittain and singer/musician Sam Kelly, have enlisted the help of the Fisherman’s Friends’ Jon Cleave, whose voice rings out true and clear throughout, faithfully evoking the same sort of eerie tension as Daphne Du Maurier’s classic, with further contributions from Falmouth’s The Oggymen and one or two additional special guests. Certainly one to look out for in the New Year.