The Iron Horse - Thro' Water, Earth & Stone (1993) @320Kbps
For some time now, The Iron Horse has been making a name for itself on the Scottish folk scene. Because of the instrumental line-up, including Highland pipes, it is inevitable that this band will be compared to some other Scottish bands which have gone before. I believe that this album proves that The Iron Horse is fast developing its own sound.
"Thro' Water, Earth and Stone" has six instrumental and five vocal tracks. The instrumentals are a mixture of traditional and contemporary tunes, some written by members of the band, and all in traditional style. The arrangements are excellent and the playing is bright and crisp.
The singers, Annie Grace and Lynn Morrison, also play - whistles/pipes and keyboards/viola/fiddle respectively. Their singing isn't as strong as their instrumental skills, but it's pleasant and the arrangements make up for any lack of strength in the vocal department.
Overall, it's a very good album and would be welcome in anyone's collection of Scottish/Celtic music.
01.The Peacock's Feather, The Bell Reel, Tam's Grey Mare (Reels)
02.For A'that An' A' That (Song)
03.The Goatherd, The Major's Maggot, James Maclellan's Favourite, Duncan The Gauger, The Piper's Bonnet (The Piper's Bonnet, Jigs)
05.The Poachers, Assynt Reclaimed (Song, Reel)
06.Cabbage Town, Jellyfish, The Blantyre Reel (Reels)
08.The Earl Of Moray, The Gift, The Conclusion (The Earl Of Moray Set)
09.J.F.Dickie's Delight, Weights & Measures, Andy White's Reel, Molly Rankin's, The Repeal Of The Union (The Slow Strathspey)
10.The Hen's March, The Iron Horse, The Tipsy Sailor, The Judge's Dilemma (Jigs)
11.Mother Martyr (Song)
Quality: 320 Kbps