Findlay Napier and The Bar Room Mountaineers - Out All Night (4 stars)

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Findlay Napier and The Bar Room Mountaineers - Out All Night

(Kormac/Cadiz)

SCOTTISH AMERICANA

This debut from the Back of the Moon, Croft No. Five and Celtic Connections stalwarts is a peculiarly natural Scottish Americana that weaves traditional Scots instrumentation with an altogether wider influence, exemplified by the oddly inconspicuous use of funk keys. The local folk flavours win out with classic storytelling seeped in spit, sawdust and whisky, delivered in Napier’s fine Gallic burr, but the blend brings to mind the journey Celtic music took through the frontier into the roots of American country. It makes for unmistakably Scottish folk music but with a sophistication that distances itself from your average pub sing-along and marks the Bar Room Mountaineers out for distinction.

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