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‘Some Part Of Something’ from North Atlantic Trio - sublimely melodic and intensely gorgeous

(August 27, 2013)

If ever there was a flawless coming together of cross-genre, mixed influence, multicultural music then Some Part of Somethingthe sublimely melodic and intensely gorgeous album ‘Some Part Of Something’ from North Atlantic Trio is a perfect example. The band is Cheyenne Brown, Dave Currie and Dave Boyd who are recognised as masters of their individual musical arts – when they get together something rather wonderful comes to life and ‘Some Part Of Something’ opens a door that lets you into that exceptional existence.

They describe themselves as: “American girl plays harp in mostly Scottish way with Scottish guy who plays dobro in mostly American way with Irish guy who plays percussion anyway.”  That’s a reasonable description of what you get with this album. It’s a combination of Appalachian old-time, Scottish and Irish heritage, a touch of bluegrass and some sparkling innovation soaking through a subtle miasma of style and influence. ‘Some Part Of Something’ kicks off with an inspired version of Aladair Fraser’s ‘Tommy’s Tarbukas’ – a reference to the tarbukas drum; before sliding effortlessly into the tantalising ‘Clinch Mountain Backstep/ Shove the Pigsfoot a Little Further into the Fire’ – no reference to porcine roasting but heating pig iron; followed with the supremely laconic gospel inspired hope of ‘Wayfaring Stranger’.

They lift a selection of loved trad session tunes ‘Monday Morning Reel/The Dogs/Red Haired Boy/Ale is Dear’ to new heights with a faultless flow of interplay between harp, dobro and percussion, and follow with an intensely moving take on Robert Tannahill’s (the Scottish 'Weaver Poet') ‘Gloomy Winter’s Noo Awa’. Throughout this album there’s a raft of trad tunes and songs gleaned from tradition and heritage all given an added edge; not forgetting a luscious band-penned tribute of tunes, ‘Diane’s Desserts’.

‘Some Part Of Something’ from North Atlantic Trio deserves considerable attention, you will find them here: www.northatlantictrio.com

Reviewer: Tim Carroll

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