Whisky Trail,
(Amiata, 2006)

This is a very unusual offering that the composer tells us is linked -- in its title, at least -- to James Joyce.

The eight tracks bear names like "Air," "Stones" and "Water," and it reminds me of albums that reach to our subconscious and meditative states rather than a big dance party or a sing-along.

The composer and performers are accomplished, and they produce a fascinating sound, but I fear that it will attract very sparse airplay. This is a pity because I think it would make for wonderful late-night listening. It may seem the Celtic equivalent of laidback jazz, with aficionados throughout the world but few instant hits.

This CD is an acquired taste and may well be worth the effort to acquire it.

music review by
Nicky Rossiter

3 March 2012

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