Alasdair Roberts, Amble Skuse & David McGuiness - What News (LP)
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For his 12th solo album, and his fourth focused exclusively on the performance of traditional songs, Alasdair Roberts has chosen a typically unusual and eclectic pair of collaborators: Amble Skuse and David McGuinness. This makes for beautiful and driven music that has no analogue in Alasdair's catalogue - while he has consistently pursued the dynamic fusion of songs from hundreds of years ago in a modern and progressive context, he hasn't worked with a keyboard as the central instrument.
The beauty of the conception is evident throughout, with immaculate engineering capturing all the nuances of David and Amble's work. Alasdair's singing embodies previously unheard capacities in his ever-evolving catalogue of song and he also contributes a powerful guitar obbligato and solo on The Dun Broon Bride - no doubt in response to the fine work of his collaborators.
1. The Dun Broon Bride
2. Johnny. O' the Brine
3. Young Johnstone
4. Rosie Anderson
5. The Fair Flower of Northumberland
6. Clerk Colven