Lori Gordon

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Joanne McIver & Christophe Saunière – “Glenfinnan to Glasgow”

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I first encountered Joanne McIver and Christophe Saunière a few months ago through their current release, The Three Sisters. Having quite enjoyed that recording, I decided to check out their back catalog, this time settling on Glenfinnan To Glasgow, released in 2006.

Overall, I found this album to have a more traditional sound throughout than their current release, though it is not without a few contemporary nuances, particularly towards the end of the album. Through song and music, Glenfinnan To Glasgow tells stories of those who worked the land and fished the waters. It tells of the darkness of the Highland Clearances and the Blantyre mine disaster. And it tells of the bustle of Glasgow and the dockyards.

The gentle melancholy of Joanne’s voice is the perfect vehicle for this material. She has the ability to pull the listener into the song. The vocal highlights are “The Herring Fishers” and “The Clearances Lullaby.” For as lovely as the singing is, however, it is the instrumental tracks that steal the show. Joanne and Christophe are outstanding musicians and their delivery is exquisite. Nestled amongst the melancholy are driving pipe tunes that give this album an engaging vitality. The standout tracks on this recording are “Blantrye 1877,” “Scottish Inventors” and “The Clydeside Dockyards.”

This album is definitely worthy of a listen. To find out more about Joanne & Christophe and their music, as well as to hear some tracks from this recording, stop by their MySpace page.

You can read a review of their album The Three Sisters here.


May 21, 2009 - Posted by | Album Reviews, Celtic, Folk | , , , , , ,

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