Articles by: Leigh, Paul Richard

Review: Of Arms And A Woman – Blondel Mar 2019 in Chanter 2019 Spring

It should be stated right from the outset that this is not primarily an album focusing on bagpipes – though do not let that deflect your interest in any way whatsoever. The album is a wonderful array of late medieval instrumental music presented on a wide variety of wind instruments. The album features recorder trios, bagpipe trios, shawms, slide trumpets, sackbuts and some very well-presented percussion. It offers a very rewarding variety of sound presented by the five musicians present for this recording - Belinda Paul, Lizzie Gutteridge, Emily Baines, Daniel Serafini and Louise Anna Duggan.

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CD Review - Woodwose - Live at Dartmouth Dec 2019 in Chanter 2019 Winter

Many of us are familiar with the wonderful 2012 recording by Woodwose ‘Dancing Stones’ and will have been on the lookout for more in this vein from Steve and Katy who have for a long time delighted us all with their sweet bagpipe and gurdy mix. This album introduces us to two talents who may be less familiar to those of us in the bagpipe and gurdy world: Katherine Christie Evans with a wonderfully warm voice and Richard de Noronha providing a powerhouse of perfectly judged rhythmic patterns.

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