Helpful votes received on reviews: 65% (17 of 26)


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Harponium ~ Catriona McKay
Harponium ~ Catriona McKay
5.0 out of 5 stars Stupendium, 28 Mar 2014
I've been a fan of Catriona's work for the last 3 or 4 years, both solo and with Chris Stout and Fiddler's Bid, so a new release is something to look forward to.
This is the best so far in every aspect.
I was captured from the opening Kronos Reel, and the entire body of work only enhanced the initial reaction.
What I initially noticed was the expansion of technique, in the mutings, the slurs, the use of modern stylings far outside usual clarsach. The use of funk timings, backbeats and octave strumming added to sundry buzzes impress in particular, whilst still retaining the clarity and precision of Catriona's folk stylings. The addition of the harmonium adds a background… Read more
Portable and Digital Hand - 61 Keys Soft Roll up E&hellip by Loftek
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Useless, 22 Jan 2014
I expected this to be a novelty item, but I didn't expect it to be unplayable.
If a chord is played along with its root bass note...say a D chord with a D bass note, additional notes also sound, although they're not being played, and they're not even in the same key. The result is an out of tune cacophony that makes this item unplayable other than as musch more than single notes.
Very disappointed, and I'm returning it.
Naked And Bare ~ Fiddlers' Bid
Naked And Bare ~ Fiddlers' Bid
4.0 out of 5 stars A Slow Burner, 22 Jan 2014
After having had my life thoroughly captivated by the band's last release "All Dressed In Yellow", and being very familiar with my introduction to the band, "Da Farder Ben Da Welcomer", I've set about exploring their other releases.
My initial reaction to "Naked And Bare" was a little more muted than I'd expected, but as with the other releases, the best thing to do is to stick it on the car player and just listen again and again.
In doing so, I discovered the true rewards of this CD.
Not as accomplished or as lavishly produced as "All Dressed In Yellow" and without its confident swagger, there's a lot to mine from "Naked And Bare". Beautiful tunes, wonderful playing, and… Read more