Peatbog Faeries: Live (4 stars)

Peatbog Faeries: Live

The Skye-based fusion outfit never let up in energy or intensity in the course of this first live recording, taken from concerts in Edinburgh and Durham last year. It will surely satisfy those who feel the band’s studio outings don’t quite reflect the full measure of their on-stage performances, and if there is a slightly formulaic feel to their approach at times, they serve it up with maximum conviction.

The band’s usual combination of fiddle, pipes, guitar and an excellent jazz-derived horn section is underpinned by keyboards, bass and drums. Piper Peter Morrison provides the majority of the compositions, augmented by a couple of tunes from fiddler Adam Sutherland. As usual, they touch a lot of bases in stylistic terms in the course of the disc, a propensity that is neatly symbolised in the variety of idioms squeezed into the 18 vibrant minutes of the only non-original selection, ‘The Dancing Feet Set’.

(Peatbog Records)

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