Catriona MacDonald - Bold (Music CD)

Release Date: 07 July 2014
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You have to love Catriona MacDonald. She possesses such a wonderful, self-assured tone on the fiddle, whether she's speeding through "Eilidh's Trip in Germany" or essaying the more delicate melody that's "Michael's Mazurka." There's such confidence in everything she plays, as if she just knows she's going to nail it perfectly, along with a deep knowledge of the traditions of her native Shetland Isles and of Scotland -- as well as bringing them to bear on contemporary tunes. There she can indulge herself a bit more, adding touches of jazz and some stunning improvisation to the mix. The simple fact is that she's got both technique and style, and can put them together with a real sense of swing -- her "Shetland Reels" really do get the feet tapping. Add in a surprising church organ on "Da Silver Bow" and you have a disc that's a revelation, as warm as a lovely summer's day. Although she can make the faster material hum, her playing never becoming lost in a flurry of notes, she's at her best when things are slower and she has the chance to reach to the soul of a melody, which she does with unerring ease. A wonderful, virtuoso performance. ~ Chris Nickson

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  • 1. Andy's Saltire/Maggie's Pancakes
  • 2. Shetland Reels
  • 3. Michael's Mazurka
  • 4. The Shetland Fiddle Diva/Purfy
  • 5. Eilidh's Trip in Germany/The Monday Morning Reel/Land Ta Lea
  • 6. The Tuddal Troll
  • 7. Freddie's Tune
  • 8. Return to the Stewartry/Slanttigart/Tame Her When da Snow Comes
  • 9. The Last Ponytail/Dennis' Tune
  • 10. Da Silver Bow/The Joy of It!
Release Date: 07 July 2014
Catalogue No: COM42942