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The Tannahill Weavers — Choice Cuts 87-96
(Reprise Green Linnet GLCD 1182, 1996/1997, CD)

by Dane Carlson, Published 1998-02-01

Choice Cuts 87-96 Cover art

Having long been a fan of Irish and Scottish folk music I cannot believe I have never heard this band before. So for me listening to Choice Cuts was welcome indeed. This is a great album. "Wild Mountain Thyme," "Joy of My Heart," "The Blackbird Set," "The Cuillins of Rhum," "Braw Burn the Bridges." Great singing, great playing. Simple as that. Of the 14 songs on this album, well Choice Cuts is right. This album is a brisk blend of jigs, reels, and singing. The Tannahill Weavers play Scottish traditional and have been around since 1976, though only two members remain from those days, guitarist Roy Gullane and flute, whistle, bodhran, keyboard player Phil Smillie. The rest, having logged numerous years in the band, are Les Wilson on guitar and bazouki, John Martin on fiddle, cello and viola and either Iain MacInnes or Kenny Forsyth on the pipes. I guess that would be the main difference in a Scottish band, the bagpipe. That'll draw the line right there. This is a standard folk album to me, and I loved it. The singing is all wonderful on this, and the songs are good. This style has been around a long time, and with groups like The Tannahill  Weavers around, will continue to be. Highest recommendation.

Filed under: Archives, Issue 14, 1997 releases, 1996 recordings

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