Sunday, December 13, 2015

Wolfstone - This Strange Place (1998 Scotland) @320

With two years and thousands of miles of road work behind them, Wolfstone returns with another studio album. Co-produced by lead singer and guitarist Ivan Drever and bassist/percussionist Wayne Mackenzie, This Strange Place represents a departure from previous Wolfstone recordings. Perhaps their most introspective work to date, the album was written and recorded entirely in Inverness, Scotland, home to this prolific Celtic group. 

Of the five songs and five instrumental sets included, eight were penned by, or co-written with, Ivan Drever. Whether reflecting on a lost love of the Scottish landscape he is so inspired by, Drever joins the forefront of today's contemporary Celtic songwriters. 

Other highlights include piper Stevie Saint's eponymous set, complete with marching snare, and Duncan Chisholm's beautiful fiddle work on Ivan's Banks of the Ness. It would be hard to imagine a more fitting tribute to Wolfstone's Highland home. 

01 - Harlequin
02 - This Girl
03 - Let Them Sing
04 - Banks Of The Ness
05 - This Strange Place
06 - Stevie's Set
07 - Till I Sleep
08 - The Arab Set
09 - Reluctant Journey
10 - Kazakhstan

Ivan Drever (guitar, vocals)
Wayne MacKenzie (bass, percussion)
Andy Simmers (drums)
Duncan Chisholm (fiddle)
Stevie Saint (bagpipes)


CrimsonKing said...

This Strange Place


Anonymous said...

Thank you once more. These guys are great!

Merry christmas and a happy new year!

Best regards, Max

CrimsonKing said...

Merry christmas and a happy new year to you Max.
Be welcome :)

Jon said...

Saw and was able to briefly chat with Duncan Chisholm in late October when Julie Fowlis performed in the area as he is the "fiddler in the band." A true craftsman at his trade.
Wishing you the best also this holiday season and looking forward to our continued association come the new year.

CrimsonKing said...

Happy Holidays to you John, who has always supported and encouraged the FY blog.
Your opinion is always important to us.

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