Album: Vinnie's Return
14th February 2012
Preview Vinnie's Return
Bowstring have been together in Kent as a band since 2007 and a background of 150 years of musicianship working as individuals all over the world, performing at corporate functions, weddings, barn dances, ceilidhs, concerts and festivals. Driving the dancers on with full and exciting sound and astonishing array of instruments.
Vinnie’s Return is the debut album from Bowstring which includes new folk music written by the band in the style of their heroes and peers and new arrangements of some of their favourite Traditional Folk pieces.
From the opening set of Irish jigs, ‘The Walls of Liscarroll/Banish Misfortune’, to the closing set of tunes, ‘The Final Demand/Nelson’s Farewell’, written by multi-instrumentalist Chris Taylor, the invention never flags: along the way, the album visits the Appalachian mountains ‘The Kitchen Girls’, the Shetland Isles ‘The New Riggit Ship’, Guatemala ‘The Worry People’ and Scotland with Dougie Maclean’s anthem ‘Caledonia’. Original tunes featuring Chris Sadler’s lively concertina (the sparky ‘The Summers Sisters’ and swirling title track) sit alongside a marvellously sparse, imaginative reworking of ‘My Johnny Was a Shoemaker’, driven along by guest Lucy Randall’s percussion, while Wally Whyton’s early eco-song ‘Leave Them a Flower’ and Christy Moore’s cheeky ‘The Voyage of St Brendan’ give further breadth to an already rich mixture.
Throughout the tracks the close-harmony vocals of Ramona and Zinta Egle provide a distinctive contrast to the driving rhythm section of guitars, bouzouki and Martin Young’s cittern, with fiddle, whistles, harmonica, concertina and mandolin providing the melodies. The tight, dancing rhythms reflect the band’s ceilidh background, and the result is a bright, uplifting musical journey.
Chris Taylor - Bouzouki, Mandolin, Button Accordion, Mouth Organ, Vocals
A former member of The Oyster Band and Gas Mark Five, his part in the band Fiddler's Dram and their 1979 hit single “Day Trip To Bangor” recently earned him a place on the TV programme "Never Mind The Buzzcocks"!
He is a powerhouse of a musician who can make a duo into a band and a band into something really special.
Ramona Egle - Violin, Whistles, Vocals
Zinta Egle - Guitar, Vocals
As the duo “Camine” they have toured the UK, France, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland and New Zealand and worked with Lori Anderson on the film Exodus directed by Penny Woolcock.
Martin Young - Cittern, Guitar, Vocals, Caller
Martin has worked as a solo folk singer and with duos and bands in clubs, concert halls (Royal Albert Hall, Barbican, Queen Elizabeth Hall, QE Conference Centre, Snape Maltings) and at festivals (Sidmouth, Cheltenham, Chorley, Upton-upon-Severn, Towersey, Broadstairs). And in Canada, New Zealand and Europe. Performed at the home of Roger Taylor of 'Queen' and with Chris Taylor and Ramona at Davington Priory, the home of Bob Geldof, on numerous occasions. Radio - Capital & BBC. T.V. - Channel 4 with Show of Hands. Film - with Albion Morris for British Film Institute.
Chris Sadler - Concertina, Guitar, Mandolin and vocals
Chris has played regularly in bands including members of The Pouges / Popes, 4 Men & a Dog, Alias Ron Kavana and Sin E. “Ladies in Lavender” feature film with Maggie Smith & Judi Dench. TV - Big Breakfast playing for Ant & Dec/ TV-Video "Memories of Home" Rose Marie with invited celebrity audience/ various radio incl. BBC radio 4/ Festivals incl: Sidmouth, Gosport, Return To Camden Town & Broadstairs/ Umpteen venues from from Scotland to Cornwall plus Galway, Ennis, Dublin, Cork and various other parts Ireland, France, Belgium, Holland & Spain etc etc etc
Special Guest Lucy Randall - Percussion
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Album Review by Steve Boniface in Indie Music Mag