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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!
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on 30 May 2014
Ever since Braebach first appeared they were a band with much promise and after a couple of changes in lineup their fourth release is their best so far. Megan Henderson and Seamus MacCoinnich have really settled into the band and are both classy musicians. Along with messrs MacCrimmon, Robertson and groovemeister Lindsay, they can produce such a variety of sounds and Ùrlar impressively shows this off. A very balanced cd of tremendous inventive arrangements 'I am proud to play a pipe' being my favourite Seen live they are even better as the great bands are. Excellent album and a worthy 5 stars.
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on 8 December 2013
Great album from a great band with a good mix of songs to stir the soul. Sublime instrumental and vocals. This band never disappoint.
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on 7 February 2014
Brilliant musicians combining to make wonderful music. I Reckon this is one of their best collections and rate it highly
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on 9 July 2014
Bought a s a gift but seems very popular with the recipient.
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on 27 September 2015
A great album.
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on 3 August 2015
great music
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on 10 February 2014
There is little doubt that "The desperate battle of the birds" was one of the best Scottish Trad albums ever made and picked up where Ossian and then Def Shepperd left off. However, I was very dissapointed with "Bann" which did not live up to expectations, being very self indulgent. I have to say tho' that Urlar is much better. Having listened to it a couple of times and enjoyed the first two tracks on the first listen the third track seemed slightly contrived. After a few listens I eventually got what they were trying to do and now thoroughly approve. Indeed, teh third track on the album, which tries to recreate the structure of Ceol Mor, is addictive and the introduction of pipe harmonies into Ceol Mor is inspired! The rest of the album is also very good but the whole album is let down by a shockingly written and cringingly trite song about the seven men of Knoydart.
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