Thursday, November 28, 2019

'The Portage' by RANT

28 November 2019

I’ve been enjoying ‘The Portage’ – the new album from Scottish fiddle quartet Rant. This is chamber folk – somewhere between Trad and classical. Rant are four young female fiddle players, two from Shetland and two from the Highlands. The album, which was recorded over four days at the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Church in Glasgow, is a nicely varied collection of tunes ranging from frantic fiddling to haunting melancholy ballads that reminded me of the albums by Duncan Chisholm (reviewed here in December 2010). And like Duncan Chisholm, Rant have played with Julie Fowlis, providing the strings for her album 'Gach Sgeul (Every Story)' (reviewed here in May 2014). There is a beautiful simplicity to the music of ‘The Portage’ precisely because it is played so precisely and sensitively.

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