Lauren MacColl - Strewn With Ribbons (4 stars)

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Lauren MacColl - Strewn With Ribbons

(Make Believe Records)

Fiddler ’s well-received debut album from 2007, When Leaves Fall, was one of the recordings chosen for Celtic Connections’ Classic Album series of concerts earlier this year. If that slightly premature accolade overstated its significance, it was a promising beginning, and this confident follow-up builds on its considerable strengths in accomplished fashion.

The disc features MacColl’s own attractive tunes alongside a fruitful trawl through some gems from her home patch in the east Highlands, drawn from the Highland Music Trust’s valuable Highland Collections series. Her refined and expressive fiddling on both slow airs and effervescent dance tunes is supported by regular collaborators Barry Reid (guitar) and Mhairi Hall (piano), with Chris Stout, Donald Shaw and cellist Su-a Lee guesting on selected tunes.

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