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© 2012 Pete Fyfe

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Last updated: 21st January 2015

It is with much sadness
that we have to advise
that Pete Fyfe passed
away  in 2015.
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My good friend Alan O’Leary was kind enough to send me a copy of this thoroughly enjoyable CD from the Stateside based duo Hanz Araki & Kathryn Claire. Starting with the slow air “Fairy Child” (more recognisable to most of us as a variant of The Auld Triangle) things move up a gear with “The Primrose Lass” introducing additional ‘band’ members Joe Trump (percussion), Cal Scott (guitar), Chris Hayes (guitar & ukulele) plus Elizabeth Bacon and Ara Gale on vocals. A soft-rock approach is taken without a full blown drum kit and is all the more pleasing for it driving everything along at a nice pace. Proving no slouches themselves instrumentally both Hanz (flute/whistle & bodhran) and Kathryn (fiddle & guitar) provide down to earth vocal lead performances that suit the arrangements very well. Now, the idea of concept albums…the clue is in the title…may not be new but the very fact that this engaging duo have produced four albums in a year is quite honestly astounding. With little or no overdubs and a one or two take approach they have succeeded where others would have failed. With a bright and breezy production of (some would say) standard fare such as “I Roved Out” and “Pleasant And Delightful” this in no way detracts from what are first class performances played with panache and very much a thought process other artists could well learn from. Hanz and Kathryn have a work ethic that should be much admired and by making sure it does not interfere with the enjoyment of their approach to predominantly Celtic based material they can be justifiably proud of a job well done. For further information contact www.copperplateconsultants.com or check out the duo’s website at www.thecelticconspiracy.com

 

PETE FYFE

 

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