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Graham was on air to tell us all about his new solo album although he had a few illustrious musicians to help out. What is so glaringly obvious is how  the amazing clear sound of Grahams fiddle has been caught by the engineer. It cuts across other instruments including a brass outfit which adds amazing colour to the tunes.  “I have enjoyed the use of brass in arrangements of traditional music, having grown up listening to The Unusual Suspects and being involved in many exciting big band projects during Celtic Connections over the years This was something I wanted to explore in this album, to fuse jazz and folk together in my own music and you can hear this on several tracks.  Graham’s chums on this album are
Mike McGoldrick on flute, Innes Watson on guitars, James Lindsay on double bass and bass guitar, Jim Molyneux on piano,
keyboards and snare drum, Neil Yates on trumpet, saxophones and flugelhorn and Matt Carmichael on saxophone
The Dawning is also heavily influenced by Mike McGoldrick, who not only recorded on the album but worked as producer.
McGoldrick has worked his magic on this album  getting the balance right with the brass section joining in at the right moments with a the traditional instruments. MacKenzie has written some cracking tunes with the Bridge Street Reels and Josh’s Jigs my favourite. This is an album all fiddlers should listen to and if you just want damn good music I urge you to by this album

Written by: Norrie Hunter

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The new album by Assynt was reviewed on Caledon Radio This instrumental album (no songs) has a modern approach to a number of traditional tunes and also exhibits some of the band’s own compositions, inspired by the culture  and landscape of the Highlands, particularly the area where the band's name originated, Assynt. A free flowing fiddle expertly played by Graham MacKenzie interlinks with the pipes and whistles of David Shedden […]

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