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A Whisky in Monsterville: Loch Ness: People are dying to visit
A Whisky in Monsterville: Loch Ness: People are dying to visit
by Tom Morton
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.63

5.0 out of 5 stars Drammin' it up in the Highlands, 30 Jun 2013
The dramatic landscapes and idiosyncratic inhabitants of the Scottish Highlands have inspired writers for centuries, including John Buchan, Christopher Brookmyre and Michael Faber. 'Monsterville' is a bewitching cocktail of all three with a splash of Ians (Fleming and Rankin) and a dash of Irvine Welsh. Morton's a dab hand with the plotting, his insider's view of the Great Glen's exotic denizens, human and not-so-human, rings hilariously true to anyone who's ever been there, and the writing flows as smoothly as an 18-year old Highland Park. Line up the drams, set aside plenty of time to savour them, and get ready for some real entertainment


Child Ballads
Child Ballads
Price: 4.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Centuries old - and fresh as paint., 11 Feb 2013
This review is from: Child Ballads (MP3 Download)
I rarely buy CDs, being lucky enough to be given many. But having seen Hamer and Mitchell live during Celtic Connections, I really have been counting the days till the UK release. Their treatment of the Child Ballads makes them sound as fresh and exciting as they must have sounded to those first listeners centuries ago, but they manage to do this without harking back to other more recent interpreters like Fairport Convention. That may not have pleased the Guardian's reviewer, but most of us surely prefer musicians to reinvent rather than imitate. Simple but classy and a real delight.
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Posted Sober
Posted Sober
Price: 12.66

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential listening, 29 Nov 2011
This review is from: Posted Sober (Audio CD)
The thought of life without the exquisite, bittersweet "Letter from Perth" is unbearable but every track on this CD repays repeated listening. Marra is still far too little known outside his native Scotland - if there were any justice, he'd outsell Randy Newman, who once wrote songs almost equal in heartstring-tuggingness (Baltimore, say) but has long since succumbed to success and Hollywood schmaltz.
Marra is the musicians' musician, a shy god of keyboard, guitar and lyric. And his voice! you can drown in his voice. Buy it, now. His CDs have a habit of becoming unobtainable.


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