RANT is the meeting of 4 of Scotland’s finest fiddle players: 2 from the Shetland Islands and 2 from the Highlands. Their 3rd album, 'The Portage', was recorded over 4 days in the renowned Mackintosh Queen's Cross, the only church in the world to be designed by architect, artist and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh. This space was the ideal setting to capture what RANT do best: showcasing the rich resonance of their 4 fiddles in various tunings and textures in a stark, honest recording.
released November 1, 2019
Recorded by Iain Hutchison on location at Mackintosh Queen's Cross
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