Ross Kennedy,
Scottish Voice & Acoustic Guitar
(Greentrax, 2007)

With a quarter-century of performing experience behind him Ross Kennedy presents the listener with a well-chosen selection of songs and tunes beautifully delivered on this album. He combines his own work with traditional and other contemporary writers, and adds in a few instrumentals to showcase his excellent guitar playing.

This baker's dozen of tracks will delight anyone used to hearing good Scottish folk. Kennedy's own composition "Farewell to Glasgow" is a new song with an old theme, parting lovers last meeting. He follows this with a new arrangement of the traditional "The Earl of Moray" that makes the song his own and will give the listener a new take on the often-heard song.

"The Shipyard Apprentice" is a powerful song that epitomizes an old Scotland; Kennedy gives it a great performance, perhaps influenced by his origins in a shipyard town.

With "Peggy Bann" he gives us an arrangement of a traditional song as old as the folk tradition with a tale of strangers, shelter, seduction and leaving.

This album has just the right blend of old and new, like good Scots whisky, and like a dram, it will warm the heart.

review by
Nicky Rossiter

22 December 2007

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