‘The Fox’ - Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow - inspired musicianship and interwoven harmonies

(September 22, 2016)

The debut album from Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow, recognised as the virtuoso guitar and fiddle presence The Fox Hawes and Catlowfrom Sheelanagig, is as fine a piece of outstanding guitar and fiddle music as you’re likely to find. ‘The Fox’ reflects both inspired musicianship and interwoven harmonies and through interpretations of tradition and original compositiuon delivers what promises to become a classic folk album.

There’s a selection of fine tunes, ‘Peddler’s Leg’ an original from Aaron Catlow, the intricate arrangement of tradition with invention in ‘Lofoten’ and the delightful collection that is ‘Sullivan’s Hay’. The song tradition is represented by such classics as ‘John Barleycorn’, ‘The Fox’ and ‘Country Blues’ each re-imagined by the duo, while originals like the powerful narrative of ‘The Fighter’ and the hard hitting ‘Crossfire’ instantly catch and hold your ear.

Hawes and Catlow blend innovation with heritage, add a sizeable helping of inventive creation and the result is ‘The Fox’ ... and it’s an album that both refines and defines folk music.

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Review: Tim Carroll

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