Lori Watson - album review (4 stars)

Lori Watson

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Three (Isle Music Scotland)

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Borders fiddler Lori Watson has been tipped as a name to watch for a wee while now, and her debut CD bears out that perception in fine style. She is accompanied by accordionist Fiona Young and two guitarists, Innes Watson (her brother) and Barry Reid (of Croft No Five fame), in a sparkling mix of traditional, contemporary and self-composed tunes.

The fiddler revealed a more experimental side to her music in a recent composition for the Distil project concert in Stirling. She takes a more traditional but no less inventive approach here. Her lucid and expressive fiddle playing illuminates the instrumental material (including a solo set using alternative A-E-A-E tuning), and she is a fine singer as well, as demonstrated on ‘When Maggie Gangs Away’ and ‘What Can A Young Lassie?’

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