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Album of the week:
Vamm, Vamm (Vamm)
Patsy Reid, Catriona Macdonald and Marit Fält use the twenty-two strings of their two fiddles, viola and Låtmandola to create a sound that lives up to the translation of their collective name, an old Shetlandic word for ‘entrancing’. Tunes from Scotland, Shetland, Scandinavia and Cape Breton are allowed to breathe and develop, sometimes into unhurried hypnotic waves of melody, sometimes in ecstatic, celebratory dance measures but always with beautiful phrasing and a lovely sense of space, pacing and harmony.
Fält, on Låtmandola, a ten-string cousin of the mandolin but with a deeper, gutsier reach, moves easily between accompaniment and melodic roles, as do her colleagues, providing a skelping, energetic rhythm on the Burnt Leg set and a delicate tunefulness on Lurkas, a traditional-style composition given a string quartet-like setting. Elsewhere, there’s a neat pizzicato bridge between the genteel, traditional Felgubben and Donald Grant’s atmospheric To the West. The Winning Ticket conveys all the ticket holder’s joyfulness and Prospect Road closes the album with a beautifully judged anthemic quality.
From The Sunday Herald, May 19, 2013.
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- Michael Marra 17.2.1952 - 23.10.2012 RIP old friend