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CD REVIEW

Alasdair Whyte

Las

(Watercolour)

Alasdair Whyte is a young singer-guitarist who grew up on the Isle of Mull surrounded by Gaelic music and is now channelling his talents into both interpreting existing Gaelic songs and composing his own. This first album finds him very much at ease with tradition and yet also looking to contemporary sounds and musical settings to communicate lyrics that can be nostalgic and romantic but also convey an air of mischief. While the words in praise of Mull's heather on Am Fraoch unfold to a simple acoustic guitar shuffle, the waylaid traveller in An T-each Odhar has his sober plans altered by drunken pals to a very effective work-song rhythm, and Whyte's own Eilean N H-oige and Tuathal show a winning, indie-rock sensibility to match his way with a catchy melody. Musicians including Megan Henderson on fiddle, Gordon Gunn on mandolin and Joe Rattray on bass help present his music with clarity and a rousing, impassioned delivery.

Rob Adams

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