Pete Clark - album review (4 stars)

Pete Clark

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Now & Then (Inver Records)

FOLK

The Birnam-based fiddler has explored both the historical and contemporary music of Perthshire on a string of fine albums, and this is another worthy addition to that list. His own compositions are augmented by a selection of tunes by three historic figures he has visited many times in the past, Niel Gow, William Marshall and Scott Skinner, played with a winning combination of affection and authority.

The musicians lavish equal care and expressive commitment on Clark’s own compositions. His elegant and refined fiddling is supported by beautifully played accompaniments on cello, accordion, piano, guitar and bass guitar, while Perthshire neighbour Dougie MacLean contributes on the definitely non-indigenous didgeridoo.

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