Borders Tunesmiths - Borders Traditions Vol. 6 (3 stars)

Borders Tunesmiths - Borders Traditions Vol. 6

The Borders Traditions series of CDs issued by the Scottish Borders Council to showcase the traditional music of the area has generally concentrated on precisely that, but this sixth volume in the sequence takes a slightly different tack by offering new rather than traditional compositions from a group of nine musicians, recorded live in a concert in Hawick in March.

The players – fiddlers Shona Mooney, Lori Watson, Iain Fraser, Matt Seattle and Innes Watson, flautist Martin Marroni, piper Chris Waite, accordionist Christopher Keatinge and harpist Elspeth Smellie – include a number of the best-known younger players emerging from the region, alongside a couple of more senior practitioners. Local traditions are well represented, but they also draw on a wider range of musical influences, including flashes of contemporary minimalism and sonorities and rhythms more evocative of Eastern Europe.

(Borders Traditions) www.borders-traditions.org.uk

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