Kris Drever - album review (4 stars)

KRIS DREVER

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Black Water

FOLK

(Reveal Records)

Folk music is not the usual field of activity for this label, but they were so impressed with singer and guitarist Kris Drever playing live that they snapped him up to record this debut album. It has been eagerly anticipated, although quite how it managed to be nominated for album of the year in last year’s Scots Trad Music Awards before it was even released is something of a mystery.
The Orcadian is a fine singer, with a dark, expressive voice and engaging delivery that comes across well on both contemporary songs by the likes of Sandy Wright and Boo Hewerdine, and traditional material like ‘Patrick Spence’ and ‘Green Grows the Laurel’. His guitar playing is consistently impressive, and heavyweight guests include John McCusker, Donald Shaw, Roddy Woomble and Eddi Reader.

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