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Trad Arrr - Cautionary Tales (Hedge of Sound)

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The brainchild of guitarist PJ Wright and drummer and multi-instrumentalist Mark Stevens, Trad Arrr's debut CAUTIONARY TALES brings together a selection of traditional songs and tunes, performed in customary folk rock style. The core quintet also includes Guy Fletcher on fiddle and mandolin, singer Gregg Cave on both acoustic and electric guitar and not least Marion Fleetwood on fiddle, viola, cello and guitar, who also delivers one of the album's strongest vocal performances on My Lagan Love. What makes the overall sound more interesting is the embellishments provided by Mark Stevens' cornet soloing and the Moulton Melodeon Mafia's (Simon Care, Gareth Turner and Kristaps Fisher) strong English folk dance credentials. The guests are chiefly from the Fairpotheringay II stable, including Jerry Donahue, Chris Leslie, Dave Pegg, Ric Sanders and Simon Care, to name but a few, each of whom add a flavour of their own particular styles and sounds. Amongst the solid folk rock fare on such familiar songs as Glenlogie, Simple Ploughboy and Nottamun Town/Pretty Polly, the musicians also have fun with dance tunes, Princess Royal and the Upton Stick Dance, recalling the classic Morris On period. A fine solid debut.

Allan Wilkinson
Northern Sky

Airplay: Princess Royal (Show 379/07.06.15)
Release Date: 01.06.15
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