Four fiddles, a dash of Shetland, a drop of the Highlands, a handful of hypnotic harmonies.
Rant: Scotland's chamber folk quartet. Lauren MacColl, Bethany & Jenna Reid, Sarah-Jane Summers.
They use only their fiddles to weave a tapestry of textures, sounds and musical colour, drawing on material from old collections and their own compositions.
Their name is a old Scots word for an energetic dance or it's tune, to make merry, or to frolic!
Winners of a 'Herald Angel' award for Edinburgh Festivals 2013
Brilliant LP! I saw Lauren talking with Paul Murton on BBC's Grand Tours of Scotland's Lochs, discussing The Brahan Seer, the inspiration for this album. While much music in this genre can sound a little two dimensional, the production and quality of this album is superb, full of depth, really bringing out the energy, personality and soul of the music and the artists. A broad palette of instruments are on show. Genuine authenticity. Truly a joy to listen to. I wish I could hear this played live! Master of Alchemy
Kinnaris Quintet alternates wonderfully between sweet warmth and rapturous joy. They accomplish what all good folk music aims at. It's very difficult to make an instrumental album of this length not start to all sound the same, but every track on Free One is so well constructed as to be chapters of a moving story, finally deeply satisfied by the conclusion of the title track. By jolts and false starts it alludes to brokenness without drowning in it. It's full of a realism that sees the ugliness of the real world and yet chooses joy, and this to me is what it truly means to be free. gripraven