Moonshine (2012)

Up In The Air

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01. Rector at the Feis/ Speed Bomb Baby/ There’s Naebody Tae Blame But Ma Sel’/ Wings of a Scorie
02. Today
03. Culduthel House/ Eileen Curren’s
04. Garrett Barry’s
05. Touch Not the Cat But a Glove/ The Broad Reach/ Salton de Meres/ Scott Skinner’s Compliments to Dr MacDonald
06. Woe Is Me
07. Mr and Mrs Alex Ross/ The 32nd Guards Brigade
08. The Witch of Findrack
09. Braighe Lochiall
10. The Diamond Reel/ Fair Fa’ the Minstrel
11. Spiked Your Drink
12. Thomas McElvouge’s/ The Barra Boys/ Dark Days


‘In 1994 Jonny Hardie, Gavin Marwick and Davy Cattanach released Up in The Air, an album of modern interpretations of traditional Scottish tunes. At the time Hardie (fiddle, guitar & vocals) and Cattanach (percussion, guitar & vocals) were members of Old Blind Dogs and Marwick (fiddle) was plying his trade with The Iron Horse, and it would be another five years before the follow up, The Blue Lamp, would see the light of day. Cattanach didn’t appear on that album; but he’s back this time around for this long awaited third outing, for which they’ve adopted the name of their debut release.
Once again, these outstanding musicians have brought together traditional and contemporary tunes, as well as a few songs for good measure on an album that oozes class from the opening notes of Rector At The Feis to the closing Thomas McElvouge’s set.
Instrumentally Moonshine is about as good as it gets with the twin fiddles of Hardie and Marwick (interspersed with guitar and supported by Cattanach’s lively percussion), leading the trio through a set of reels, airs, strathspeys and marches drawn from traditional collections and from the pens of some of Scotland’s finest contemporary composers, including Phil Cunningham and Brian MacAlpine.
By turns dramatic (Touch Not The Cat But a Glove/The Broad Reach), lively (Culduthel House/Eileen Curren’s) and haunting (Braighe Lochiall), the tunes account for the largest part of the album and are beautifully complemented by a couple of excellent songs (including the stand out take of Peter Stott’s Woe Is Me, which features a vocal from Hardie of such lovelorn world-weariness that you feel compelled to visit him and give him a hug.’ - Dave Haslam (Folkwales)