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  • Audio CD (4 Feb. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reveal Records
  • ASIN: B00AR8Z0O6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,249 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. CeapavalÉamonn Coyne, Kris Drever 4:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
  2. Farewell To StromnessÉamonn Coyne, Kris Drever 4:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
  3. Marches & ReelsÉamonn Coyne, Kris Drever 5:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
  4. Goat WalkÉamonn Coyne, Kris Drever 6:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
  5. Isle of FranceÉamonn Coyne, Kris Drever 4:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
  6. Kitty O'Neil's Champion JigÉamonn Coyne, Kris Drever 4:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
  7. May Morning DewÉamonn Coyne, Kris Drever 3:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
  8. Pot LuckÉamonn Coyne, Kris Drever 5:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
  9. Teddy Bears' Picnic JigsÉamonn Coyne, Kris Drever 5:00£0.79  Buy MP3 

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A brand new recording of traditional folk song by the uniquely talented Éamonn Coyne (Treacherous Orchestra, Salsa Celtica) Banjo, Tenor Guitar and Kris Drever (highly acclaimed award winning singer & songwriter, also of pioneering trio LAU) vocals, guitar, mandolin.

BBC Review

What is a storymap? It sounds very philosophical imprinted upon an album cover, but… how (and why) would you ‘map’ stories?

The cartographers in question are Kris Drever, guitarist, mandolin player and vocalist, usually spied as part of the fine trio Lau; and banjoist and tenor guitarist Éamonn Coyne. Two highly talented individuals whose spirited playing on this, their second album collaboration, is completely infectious.

In drawing their storymap, Coyne and Drever bring together songs, jigs, reels and marches, often melding two or more together. These portmanteau pieces are then simply but sensitively arranged, set around a common feeling, to construct nine mini-dramas for the ears.

This works especially well on Marches and Reels: the beginning of this track is a Scottish march, which then leads into an Irish one, before culminating in two frenzied reels. The tumult it such it actually gets a bit scary; especially since it then leads into the ambitious Goat Walk.

This is another mélange, starting with the elegiac Mickey Finn’s Air, then Goat Walk itself (a track penned by Drever), and concluding with the bombastic American civil war tune, Abe’s Retreat.

The closing track, Teddy Bear’s Picnic Jigs, is another success: a blissful dance, all kicked up dirt and hair-ribbons flying in the wind.

Although the bulk of Storymap is instrumental, allowing the tales of terror, despair and joy to form in the listener’s mind, Drever does sing on a few tracks. His voice is powerful and resonant, and less is more. It’s wonderful on May Morning Dew, ringing deeply through the song’s melancholia.

There are also a few guest spots: particularly notable is Simon Bradley’s wonderful frenetic fiddle on Marches and Reels. Eliza Carthy turns up on Farewell to Stromness, joining Drever’s vocals, and the two voices make an effective contrast.

So it seems that a storymap is Coyne and Drever’s way of encouraging the listener to excavate, to discover tales buried deep in the foundations of this music. The arrangements are so clear, and the playing so deft and fluid, it’s a pleasure to have them as guides.

--Jeanette Leech

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. McKenna on 18 Mar. 2013
Format: Audio CD
My wife won this CD in a competition. What a piece of luck for me. I have had it for 3 or 4 weeks now and have found it very hard to put away for any length of time. These guys just seem to fit so well together and it comes through in the music. There is such a beautiful balance to the mix of jigs, reels and ballads that after 2 listens I was hooked already. The 3 vocals are, unsurprisingly, all up to Kris Drever's usual high standard with a simply wonderful version of 'The Isle of France' highlighting for me. Eamonn's strident and often joyful picking is a real treat to the ears. I defy any folk fan with a pulse to keep still during the marvellously infectious 'Teddy Bears Picnic Jigs'. If the name doesn't make you smile, the music certainly should.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Big Jim TOP 100 REVIEWER on 4 Feb. 2013
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It's a hard job keeping up with all the new stuff that's coming out of the Folk genre at the moment and the best of it is that the vast majority of it is fresh, exciting ,tuneful, and yet often challenging, lyrically as well as musically. This album is all of these things. A partnership between Éamonn Coyne of Treacherous Orchestra and Salsa Celtica who plays Banjo and Tenor Guitar and Kris Drever the rightly acclaimed singer & songwriter, mainly known through his work with recent BBC folk award winning trio Lau who takes up the main vocals and guitar. From traditional sounding toe-tappers like the opening Ceapaval and Marches and Reels to the plaintive Fairwell to Stromness there is something for everyone here. This is a very good album indeed and it makes me wonder how many more beauties like this can we expect over the coming months.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. J. P. Stanton on 27 Feb. 2013
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Just love this album as I do anything that has Kris Drever involved. My personal favourite is Isle of France, but the whole album is a real pleaser.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bertiebongo on 13 May 2013
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I've been greatly impressed by Kris's previous solo efforts and Lau material. He's got such a good voice which I'd like to hear more of. So I bought this without hesitation, having heard that it had more vocals. Well, it hasn't. Initial impression is - bland. I don't think it will grow on me either. Falls far short of "Lightweights and gentlemen" "Blackwater" and "Mark the hard earth". Destined to gather dust.
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