Quick Take Album Reviews: “Allt”, Fàrsan, Còig, Mary Ann Kennedy

This is a quick look at some albums I’ve listened to lately and wish to note for their quality even if I have nothing too insightful or clever to say about them 🙂

– The stellar Fowlis-Conway-Dooley-McIntyre ensemble released Allt almost a year ago already but only now it’s really been on power play here. Great playing, angelic singing (of course), all-acoustic bliss for fans of both Irish and Scottish folk. Nothing groundbreaking, perhaps, but I’d imagine this is especially perfect for those darkening evenings that herald winter and make you reach for that wee dram. Gentle and warm music.

– Fàrsan are a CAN/USA Celtic band whose self titled debut, released in Nov 2018, has been playing in our home a few times. Mostly Scottish and Cape Breton styles, very well played; details and energy and joy are all there. The band members are all acknowledged musicians in this field so the album’s quality is no fluke. Looking forward to #2!

– Canada’s Còig fall roughly into the same category as Fàrsan. They are a recent discovery for me but they have four albums out already, the latest just released. Have listened to Còig and Rove and been very much entertained. Nice stuff, from ceilidh dance tunes to own songs and even a good cover of Peter Gabriel‘s Solsbury Hill. Will write more about album #4 once I get to properly listening to it. Good stuff so far!

Mary Ann Kennedy‘s Glaschu: Home Town Love Song is a lively tapestry of songs telling tales of Glasgow life and people. The lyrics are in Gaelic but that is not a hindrance to enjoying this, the overall effect is pretty visual. Short spoken passages between some songs are in English as well. Kennedy’s voice and delivery carry this journey around town easily; you are on good hands with thus guide and her tales.

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