This is an EP which features Tradconnect member Jacob McCauley, James M Law and Graeme McGillivray and introduces us to their new group called NUA. It consists of 4 tracks and is their first official release. Rooted in traditional Irish and Scottish music from a very young age they have applied a modern approach to the recording. What immediately stands out is the introduction of a single melody player, namely fiddle player James M Law with guitarist Graeme McGillivray and Jacob on bodhrán having to find new musical expression to fill out the sound.  Time signatures and tune structure are also modern and inventive. With regard to the four tracks they are creative and incorporate structures that are different to the norm.

Fizzbuzz is a jig of sorts with a varied intro, strong chord progressions and a layer of bodhrán and guitar rhythms driving it on.  Martin’s Yellow Tea Pot is the slower of the compositions and it is obvious that a lot of work has gone into the arrangement with the three instruments again laying down a rich tapestry of rhythms, beats and sounds. Marvellous. The Draw follows a reel time signature in the main but includes a mid section of beats and syncopation that finally meanders its way back to the main tune. The Hijack is an equally complicated but engrossing piece with fiddle leading and bodhrán and guitar working feverishly to create a polyrhythmic melody that links in with fiddle. It’s all inventive and ultra modern in its arrangement and reveals three musicians at the top of their creative game.  This should also make for a very engaging live act so if they are near your neck of the woods, do check them out. A group that most definitely have something new to say. A full album will be released in early 2013.

Listen and buy :

Views: 366

Add a Comment

You need to be a member of TradConnect to add comments!

Join TradConnect

Comment by Christi Caughey on December 20, 2012 at 5:13

Love this band!!!  It has the pounding beat that is a grand Celtic tune with SO much more!

© 2021   Created by Tradconnect Reviews.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

The title of your home page You could put your verification ID in a comment Or, in its own meta tag Or, as one of your keywords Your content is here. The verification ID will NOT be detected if you put it here. .slick-track { display: flex!important; justify-content: center; align-items: center;/* Safari */ display: -webkit-flex!important; -webkit-justify-content:center; -webkit-align-items: center; }