Elephant Sessions (SCO) are an instrumental Celtic folk/funk/jazz fusion band, formed in 2012 in the Highlands. Their musical mix may seem unlikely but it has propelled the band to become, in a fairly short time, one of the most succesful recording and performing acts in the contemporary Celtic folk scene.
The band’s instrumental lineup consists of fiddle, guitar, mandolin, bass and drums – and that’s all. No accordion, no pipes, yet the band’s sound is full and rich. The tunes blend the three main musical ingredients organically together, with the incredibly tight drs’n’bass work setting the whole thing spinning in a, frankly, stupendous groove.
Their first album, The Elusive Highland Beauty (2014), an album with hi energy and an almost live gig feel, set the scene with a powerful bang; the follow-up, All We Have Is Now (2017), continued with a more polished studio production and even tighter beats. Their latest album, What Makes You (2019), introduced a more varied and at times a bit more restrained approach, adding new colours to their Celtic funk attack and gaining loads of critical praise.
Having witnessed the Elephants live at HebCelt 2019, I can testify to their head-spinning stage power that can probably be reflected only partially on the recordings, even as great as they are. The gig was a constant joy and energy blast, with excellent playing from all four and a total party atmosphere in the crowd.
Elephant Sessions offer a unique mix of stunning musicianship, dynamite grooves that will have you dancin’ and jumpin’ but also earthy fiddle tunes that lock the band’s music firmly in the Highland soil. It’s quite amazing and all super. So go all ye people: catch their gigs and albums and celticfunk yourselves silly.