‘Storymap’ from Eamonn Coyne & Kris Drever(February 04, 2013)
Eamonn Coyne & Kris Drever are in no rush to go anywhere fast with ‘Storymap’ at least if you accept the speed of the first set of tunes ‘Ceapaval/The Leading Role’ on this, their second joint venture onto disk. Instead…and I’m possibly in the minority here…I like the fact that they’ve opted for an easy-paced, thoroughly enjoyable pair of reels that relies on the ‘throaty’ tones of the banjo’s lower musical register to provide a genuine slice of audio delight.
This is the kind of track that I can imagine playing on my iPod and getting totally immersed in while bemused onlookers try to figure out what the hell it is I’m listing to that makes my body undulate like a slug leaving a zig-zag trail across a garden. Sparring (predominantly) on guitar and tenor banjo the duo are joined by, amongst others Megan Henderson (fiddle), Alan Kelly (accordion) and Nico Bruce on double bass.
The inclusion of three songs to break-up the instrumental sets one of which ‘Farewell To Stromness’ features Kris in a duet with Eliza Carthy is a parting-of-friends-until-we-meet-again kind of song much like the shanty ‘Goodbye Fare Thee Well’ and could well catch on as the final number at a festival or two. All-in-all, this may not be a gung-ho album (although I’m sure they’re well capable of producing one) that sees our heroes engage the listener with an artistic but accessible quality that will inspire a whole new generation of folk fans. You can find ‘Storymap’ on Reveal Records - Reveal014CDX
Reviewer: Pete Fyfe