Damn this is good! The new CD from Drumlin is worth paying for! You all know how rarely I gush about anything. Drumlin is a band from Nova Scotia comprised of 4 family members, only one of who is over 18 years (I believe). Mackerel Skies, their disc, is a collection of songs written by Nova Scotian songwriters over the last century, and collected by folk-archivist Helen Creighton. This ambitious disc manages to present these folk songs with modern production that makes them fresh and listenable. In fact, some are quite danceable.
Well packaged in eco-friendly materials, clad in browns with traditional instruments on the cover, the CD is a wealth of interesting tidbits about Ms. Creighton, Nova Scotian history, and the Gaelic origins of the band’s name. Yet, the production by Tim Feswick is a masterful preservation of the traditional element of the songs combined with modern instruments, sonic signature, and arrangement. The songs are obviously traditional in subject quite a bit about fish and fishing – and yet the band evokes Toad The Wet Sprocket, The Proclaimers, and even occasionally The Monkees (go figure). Fellow Nova Scotian rockers April Wine come to mind on the album closer, Homeward Bound.
Standout tracks include Sailor Boy, Let Go Your Bowline, The Twa Brothers, and Silvy. I guess I’m just a sucker for a good song modern arrangement just turns my head. Go buy this disc! www.drumlin.ca
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