Rebecca Hill – The Airing

Album Review | MIG Music | Review by Allan Wilkinson

The Airing contains just four instrumental arrangements for lever harp, fiddle and mandolin, two of which were composed by Rebecca, the plaintive “Newark Seaglass” and the title piece that concludes the EP.  With Charlie Stewart on fiddle and Graham Rorie on mandolin, Rebecca, a semi-finalist of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award back in 2016 alongside Charlie, takes her influences and inspiration, based on the Traditional music of the West Coast of Scotland, and moulds it to her own specific style, which is both delicate and assured at the same time.  Whilst the opening traditional tune “The Marque of Huntly’s Farewell” demonstrates some fine interplay between the harp and the fiddle, the title composition “The Airing” is an essay on musical focus and empathy between the musicians and their respective instruments.  Lovely.

Choice Track: The Airing (NSV 498)