Alyth - People Like Me (4 stars)

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Alyth - People Like Me

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Derby-based Navigator Records has established a significant presence on the Scottish folk scene in the past year or so, and now adds Alyth to a roster that also includes Lau, Kris Drever, John McCusker, Martin Green and rootsy singer-songwriter Dean Owens. It has been a long wait for this second album from the Lewis-born singer, and she is in good form on an engaging mix of contemporary material and traditional Gaelic songs.

The modern songs draws on both folk and pop sources, including Justin Currie’s ‘People Like Me’ (with the writer on backing vocals), Suzanne Vega’s ‘The Queen and the Soldier’, Jim Malcolm’s ‘Neptune’, and Boo Hewerdine’s ‘A Smuggler’s Prayer’. A fine band features fiddlers Jonnie Hardie and Aidan O’Rourke on fiddles and Fraser Fifield on whistle, but ‘Mo Ghaol Òigfhear a Chuil Duinn’ is sung unaccompanied, and Brendan Graham’s ‘Till Morning Will Come’ with just Brian McAlpine’s piano.

(Navigator Records)

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