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Tim Edey - Sailing Over the 7th String (Gnatbite Records)

Star rating: 
4

Tim Edey's track record as a highly regarded musical collaborator and session man is outstanding, working with some of the top brass artists on the Celtic music scene such as The Chieftains, Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon, Mary Black, Brendan Power, Julie Fowlis and many more besides. It stands to reason then, that his solo work should equal that standard of playing. For anyone taking up an instrument in the first place, musicians like Tim have the tendency to make you growl; not only is he a virtuoso guitarist, which is demonstrated time and again on this new instrumental album, but he's also a wizard on the melodeon. Both instruments are featured throughout this album and there are occasions when he plays both, not at the same time I hasten to add (but I wouldn't put it past him), Tim's take on the old Stephen Foster tune Swanee River for instance.

Essentially an instrumental guitar album, SAILING OVER THE 7TH STRING features some inspiring accompaniment, not only in Tim's melodeon work but also in the playing of the three exceptional musicians Tim has invited along to play on the album; Patsy Reid on fiddle and string arrangements, Lucy Randall on percussion and Steve Cooney on guitar and bass. Keeping it all stimulating throughout, Tim explores his own Irish roots as well as seasoning the album with a variety of styles from Latin America (Rumba Negra) and gypsy jazz (Swanee River) to Cape Breton fiddle tunes and the odd hornpipe combined (Crossing the Cape). Something for everyone then on this highly accomplished work.
 
Allan Wilkinson
Northern Sky