Skelpaig - …aye? (4 stars)

Skelpaig - . . . aye?

(Skelpaig Music)

FOLK

Skelpaig have been working on Highland time whilst putting this lively and accomplished debut album of purely instrumental tunes together, but their laid-back approach to deadlines is not reflected in the vibrancy of the music they eventually committed to disc. Guitarist David Sutherland from Lochaber, fiddler Katherine Liley from Skye and piper, whistle and flute player David Adam from Inverness are all talented musicians and feel like a well-integrated unit.

Liley’s individual and inventive fiddle lines and Sutherland’s energised pipes and flute soar over the solid foundation provided by Adam’s rhythmically poised and harmonically acute guitar work (guest Peter Hunter adds mandolin and mandola on a couple of tracks). The material is drawn from a variety of sources, both traditional and contemporary, and includes several of Liley’s attractive compositions. A very promising debut.

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