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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 7 November 2013
I was blown away after seeing this band at the Cambridge FF and quickly caught up with their back catalogue. To my good fortune and timing three months after discovering Breabach I saw them again only last week at the Bury Met - they were outstanding. This was not an overstatement and an equally fitting description of their new album Urlar!
This Cd is packed with traditional tunes, new takes on traditional tunes, original pieces and a whole spectrum of tempo and moods.
Breabach are a proper band, 5 massively talented individuals each more than capable of holding their own anywhere, but together they're something special.
Megan's vocals on 2 and 7 are just gorgeous, I'd love to hear her sing with Julie Fowlis. 'Proud to play a pipe' a 'pibroch'(sorry I won't even attempt the proper Gaelic spelling!)is as powerful and hypnotic as 'Forvie sands' is poignant and wistful. Other stand out tracks include Ewan's wonderful storytelling on 'The seven men of Knoydart', 'Monday night at Riccardo's' and as a finale the final section of 'The Old Hill' is inspired, Callum and James can certainly Pipe and whistle - I would defy anyone not to stomp their feet.
Great musicianship, great vocals, songwriting and interpretation; and with two sets of pipes " yes, two sets of pipes" this will get your blood pumping. Almost as good as it gets, I say 'almost' only in the sense that otherwise this would be perfect and never beaten and I sincerely hope their next album tops it, but they've got one hell of a challenge!