Root2

Root2 (CD)

£12.00

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A digital version of this album is included in the purchase price.
Download includes zip folders for both mp3 and m4a formats.

Root2
Stewart Hardy & Frank McLaughlin

A snapshot of the acoustic set Stewart and Frank perform live as a duo – aspects of their repertoire stripped back to the bare essentials of fiddle, guitar and Scottish smallpipes.

Sample from:
13. Loco Brown Fair

 

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Root2
Stewart Hardy & Frank McLaughlin

Tracklist:

  1. Joy Together
  2. The Pilgrim’s Way
  3. Clarology
  4. Earl Tyneside
  5. Air, Champagne and Beer
  6. Chloe’s Fret
  7. Long Wait
  8. Sgt. Early’s No. 1
  9. Nepali Thunder
  10. Jim and Euan
  11. Bonnie Bell Fog
  12. Pig and Hannahs
  13. Loco Brown Fair

 

“Root2 had me right from the beginning… there is a real sense of pride that comes through their performances… Most of the music is what I would term mid-tempo – the excitement comes from the spot-on touch of these players, not a rampaging beat. The CD is stripped clean of the ornamentation that a plethora of instruments can provide. It is oh, so clean and, according to the notes accompanying the album, is highly indicative of the live set they perform as a duo. Their live set must be just dynamite, because that it precisely how I feel about Root2.”  John C. McClure, Victory Review Acoustic Music Magazine.

“The instrumental pairing of Stewart Hardy and Frank McLaughlin is one of traditional music’s great examples of cross-Border co-operation… Hardy brings a terrific range of colourful expression to his playing… and McLaughlin is both an imaginative accompanist and an assured tunesmith… All in all, Root2 is a treasure chest of traditional music making, with every listen revealing new riches.” Rob Adams, Herald Scotland

“North-East England fiddler Stewart Hardy and Scots guitarist and piper Frank McLaughlin take an unhurried yet masterly approach in this sweet-sounding album of traditional and self-composed tunes… The pair’s sinuous lightness of touch and sense of enjoyment is a lesson for some of our more determinedly iconoclastic young players.” Jim Gilchrist, The Scotsman

“Whether drawing from the Scottish and Irish piping repertoire, from Tyneside’s rich heritage of tunes, or forging their own compositions from these traditions, Hardy and McLaughlin show themselves to be players of immense empathy and spirit.”  Oz Hardwick, R2

Released December 1, 2009

A digital version of this album is included in the purchase price.
Download includes zip folders for both mp3 and m4a formats.

1 review for Root2 (CD)

  1. :

    “Hardy is based in the northeast of England, although his fiddle playing on the Earl Grey strathspey here could place him as an Aberdeenshire native, and guitarist and piper McLaughlin lives in Edinburgh. When they get together, however, each belongs wherever the music takes them, be it in The Pilgrim’s Way’s Spanish dance steps or in the brilliantly mobile Irish set that culminates with Paddy Fahey’s Reel. Hardy brings a terrific range of colourful expression to his playing, from the gentle, poignant lilt of his slow airs, through the slippery hornpipe bowing that lights up The Locomotive and the swooping, steely poise of his own Thunderfoot, and McLaughlin is both an imaginative accompanist and an assured tunesmith, often transferring his piper’s phrasing to the guitar strings. All in all, Root2 is a treasure chest of traditional music making, with every listen revealing new riches.” Rob Adams, The Herald

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