May 2014 will see renowned Scottish fiddler and composer Mike Vass undertake a mirror voyage of writer Neil Gunn’s 1937 adventure round the west coast of Scotland, performing community concerts along the way featuring stories, music and local history.
String Theory reviewed in the Scots Magazine
Thanks to Alasdair Maclean for this lovely review in this months edition of the Scots Magazine.
‘Feel free to approach String Theory with total equanimity: it’s not about quarks and particle physics, honest! Instead, thankfully, it’s Nairn multi-instrumentalist and Niel Gow Compositions Award Winner Mike Vass with an entirely self-penned album which also features his twin sister Ali on piano, plus Anna Massie from Blazin’ Fiddles on guitars, banjo and vocals; Megan Henderson of Salsa Celtica on fiddle and vocals; Angus Lyon on accordion and Rhodes; James Lindsay on double bass; Steve Fivey with drums and percussion; and Calum MacCrimmon on whistle and (perhaps inevitably) bagpipes. It would be self-evident (and even glib!) to say that with a line-up like that playing compositions like these you can’t lose; but among the tracks is one epoch-making composition, Man’s Search, inspired by Auschwitz survivor and psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s acclaimed book, and which the Frankl Institute used to mark Frankl’s birthday. All in all, this is elegant craftsmanship by a master of the contemporary Scottish music scene.’
buy String Theory here: mikevass.com/shop
Album of the week
Just a wee note to say String Theory is ‘Album of the week’ on Celtic Music Radio .
I did a wee interview with Ross Macfadyen yesterday morning which will be broadcast at midday today (saturday 7th May) and again at Midnight.
Thanks very much to Norman Chalmers for this nice review in the Scotsman
Rusty Squash Horn Records RSH001CD, £11.99
Nimble and competent, if portentously titled, this album is no breakthrough in cosmic understanding, but rather a craftsmanlike work of composition and performance by one of the country’s leading young fiddlers. Commissioned by Celtic Connections and performed there by a rake of his top musician pals, this is essentially contemporary Scots neo-traditional music, set alight occasionally by a harmonic and rhythmic shift into rarer orbits, including the vocally produced modality.
Download this: Cavers Of Kirkudbright
String Theory Tracks previewed on BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio nan Gàidheal
Tracks from the brand new album have been played been getting some airplay this past couple of weeks. Maryann Kennedy’s Global Gathering show featured ‘Calum James MacCrimmon’ on their special St. Andrews Night Broadcast, and ‘Continents Apart’ was featured on Caithream Ciùil.
You can listen again here
Free Full Album Download
The Album release has had to be put back a little, I’m still hoping it’ll be out before Christmas, but now you can Download the entire Record for FREE from right here on the website (through the SoundCloud widget on the front page)
Please feel free to share it around.
Consider it an early Christmas present!