The Haar – The Parting Glass

Single Review | Under the Eaves Records | Review by Allan Wilkinson

One of the unfortunate aspects of our ongoing world crisis in terms of music making, is that some of the new and potentially important acts to emerge this year have been cruelly prevented from demonstrating before a live audience what they can do in a recording studio.  With the release this summer of The Haar’s debut album, Adam Summerhayes, Murray Grainger, Cormac Byrne and Molly Donnery should have been enjoying its success on our various stages, instead the musicians have been forced to put things on indefinite hold. 

In the meantime, the quartet release this new single and accompanying video, a highly rewarding reading of the old Scottish traditional song “The Parting Glass”, which is filled with mood, tension and atmosphere. The song, which has enjoyed fine versions by the likes of The Clancy Brothers, The Dubliners, Robin Williamson and Cara Dillon, through to Ed Sheeran and Alexander Armstrong, has been recorded in precisely the same manner as indicated on the cover photographs and indeed the video, separately that is. The song doesn’t sound like it was recorded at a distance though, in fact quite the opposite.  With four pairs of eyes closed, The Haar are pretty much together as one.