Album Review | Make Believe Records | Review by Allan Wilkinson
Known for her work with such outfits as Salt House and RANT, Lauren MacColl is an expressive fiddle player with a sensitive touch. Landskein comprises eleven delicate airs, each of which underlines just how expressive Lauren’s playing can be. Almost completely solo, with the assistance of James Ross on piano in places, the sparseness only highlight’s the richness of Lauren’s performances throughout, each piece enriched with both subtlety and sensitivity. Recorded at Abriachan village hall near Loch Ness, the selections, some of which are taken from the Simon Fraser Collection (1715-1745), first published in 1916, capture the haunting eeriness of the location, which is reflected in the album’s title. Landskein is a fine addition to an already impressive solo canon, which includes Strewn with Ribbons and When Leaves Fall, together with much of her collaborative output.
Choice Track: Iorram Iomraimh (NSV 507)