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Calum Stewart Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (31 Mar 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Calum Stewart
  • ASIN: B0016Y9Q72
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 507,764 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Haughs
2. Fa's Soe Merry
3. Looking At A Rainbow Through A Dirty Window - Emily Barker - Emily Barker
4. North East Marches
5. Da Could Nights
6. Rolsin Castle
7. Tullochgorum
8. Summer's Saudade
9. Three From The North
10. Etoiles Dans La Nuit Bretonne
11. Moray Jigs
12. Fading Footsteps

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The debut album from flautist Calum Stewart. Contemporary traditional / new compositions married with vibrant traditional melodies: wooden flute with piano and fiddle. Traditional roots re-surfacing in the territory between the old and new. Combining the search for fresh, new and innovative music with a deep commitment to tradition. "Stewart's determination to take the flute out of its sonic tram-lines is the main feature of his debut album – a showcase of assertive technique and imaginative instrumental interplay." - Norman Chalmers (The Scotsman). Tracks: Haughs / Fa's Soe Merry / Looking At A Rainbow Though A Dirty Window / North East Marches / Da Could Nights / Roslin Castle / Tullochgorum / Summer's Saudade / Three From The North / Etoiles Dans La Nuit Bretonne / Moray Jigs / Fading Footsteps

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5.0 out of 5 stars Just brilliant! 15 May 2008
Format:Audio CD
Every now and then an album comes along that impresses so much that you feel you must tell all of your friends about it. This immensely exciting debut from flautist Calum Stewart is just such an album and it deserves to be heard by as many people as possible.
The mixture of traditional and self written tunes presented here are of the sort of quality and of sufficient variety that ensures that the listener's interest is held throughout. They range from exciting sets of dance tunes to heartfelt airs, all played with so much feeling and stunning technique that those hairs on the back of your neck will stand on end. It is Calum's own compositions that impress the most, melodies so strong that they will stay with you for the rest of the day. My own personal favourites are the wonderfully soulful `Fading Footsteps' and the delightfully titled `Looking at a Rainbow through a Dirty Window'. Of the traditional sets `Fa's Sae Merry' is a tour-de-force that moves along at such a blistering pace it is positively breathtaking. But there are no weak tracks at all here, and this is an album that completely satisfies and I find myself returning to it time after time.
Calum is without doubt an accomplished virtuoso with a complete command of his instrument, but it is the extraordinary variety of sound and tone he manages to extract from his wooden flute that sets him apart and ensures that there is not a single dull moment. Here is a musician who, like all true innovators, is determined to extend the boundaries of what is expected from his instrument.
Accompanying Calum on some of the tracks is the fiddler Lauren MacColl, and judging by her contribution here her own album should also be well worth hearing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic achievement 14 Sep 2009
Format:Audio CD
I love this album and I hope its the first of many.
The most sublime moments are in Calums own compositions, especially the "looking at a rainbow" which gets replayed a lot in an effort to learn it .
Unlike a lot of break neck efforts I think the album is often restrained and highly emotive, however Calums more obvious talents are highlighted in the complex virtuosity (to my ear at least) of Tullochgorum.
Its great to hear a reply to the dominance of Irish musicians (particularly where the flute is concerned) and also to listen to both contemporary compositions and older Scottish tunes played with such brilliance.
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