Junction Pool - album review (3 stars)

Junction Pool

Junction Pool (Junction Music)


This young Borders ensemble was inspired by the example of The Unusual Suspects, and their own attempt at creating a folk big band packs plenty of energy and punch. The 13-strong ensemble of young musicians is led by pianist Harris Playfair, and includes a brass section and guitar alongside their pipes, fiddle and flute.

They serve up a varied selection of material in very enjoyable fashion. Eclectic is the watchword here, taking in rock and funk guitar licks, jazz (one of the sets is made up of John Rae’s ‘Easy Peezy’ and Django Bates’ ‘Yellow Hill’), a reggified lilt to ‘The Happy One Step’ set, and all manner of passing inflections. (www.junctionpool.com)

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