Album Review - Stolen Notes / The Loot

Stolen Notes have to be Spain's hottest ticket when it comes to traditional music.  We don't often drift south to Andalusia in search of new music but we’re delighted that this little gem came through our door. They cover music from Ireland, Scotland, Asturias and Brittany.  It’s a really enjoyable album with echoes of Guidewires and Sylvain Barou within its beautifully crafted tracks. The band comprises Juan J. Almaraz - flute, whistle, Roke Folgueira - guitar, Jose Moreno - bodhrán, bouzouki, Salvador Daza - fiddle, and Alejo Parra - uilleann pipes.  It’s interesting as well to hear the Spanish influence seep into the guitar and bodhrán accompaniment.  It’s not overly pronounced and at heart, this is traditional music with jigs, reels and polkas on display.

From the flute inspired Flora's Dream with guitar and bouzouki laying down a layer of strings for flute and fiddle to the pipe infused Highway To America set that includes Adulterated America/Derry Reel/High Road to Linton it’s all here.  Stolen Notes explores the music of the north as well as their own beautiful countryside with its endless olive groves and bustling streets of Cadiz and Seville.  A highly accomplished and well produced album.

Check their website www.stolen-notes.com or check them out on Facebook

 

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