Friday, December 03, 2010

'Canaich' by Duncan Chisholm

3 December 2010

When you think of Scottish folk fiddle music you tend to expect frantic feats of physical dexterity creating toe-tapping dance tunes, so I was intrigued to discover a different side through the music of the amazing Scottish fiddler Duncan Chisholm. Chisholm’s 2008 album ‘Farrar’ is a hauntingly beautiful collection of slow airs and laments – a mixture of traditional tunes and new compositions – quiet and understated but incredibly moving. This week I’ve been listening to ‘Canaich’ – the new album by Duncan Chisholm. This is a more varied collection which includes a few faster dance tunes but it’s the slow, melancholic tracks that grab my attention. Chisholm’s tone is clear and pure – truly beautiful music.

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