|The Edinburgh Rambler
Ed Miller with Rich Brotherton, John Taylor, others.
13 tracks, 50:39. Wellfield CD 022|
Order info: Ed Miller / Wellfield Records: 2411 W 8th St., Austin, TX 78703 (512-472-6036).
Sound clips from another Ed Miller album
album is a vibrant, well-mixed, extremely nice blend of voice and
instruments, of comfort and interest. Its a wonderful set of well-chosen
songs (described by Ed as "old traditional pieces sitting comfortably beside
newer songs of the Scots Folk Revival ... beautiful old songs such as The
Rigs o' Rye, The Shearin's No' for You, and ... Scots Wha Hae; alongside
songs of the 1970's, 80's and 90's which deal with the likes of emigration
(The Same Old Story and The Green and the Blue), love of the land (Muir and
The Master Builder and The Edinburgh Rambler) or changes in old ways of life
(The Silver Darlins). All of these [latter songs] are by great contemporary
Ian Davison who are keeping
the Scottish repertoire alive and well with their newer creations."
For me, the several songs by McNeill and Reid are a special
treat. When I got
the Battlefield Band tune/song book a few
years ago, I was amazed to find out how many of my favorite
Battlefield Band songs and tunes were written by these two.
They are such good songwriters. And the complete text of all
songs is included in the liner notes.
Many singers, male with guitars, specialize in haggis and Braveheart; hale
hearty sons of Scotland singing overdone favorites with much more accent
than you ever hear when they speak (off-stage, anyway): a Renaissance
Festival casting director's delight. I've got to admit I avoided hearing Ed
for many years based on that stereotype (hey, he looks the role) but hearing
him in '97 for the first time I've got to admit that he is a fine musician
and a superb folk singer, concerned with the pleasures of combining
song/music/storytelling into unaffected, moving performances.
Ed's voice is
ideal for this type of music. His performances are sensitive to the feelings
of each songs and he has a wide range of expresion. Avoiding him was my
loss, and I recommend seeking out his new CD. (And I intend to see if I can
borrow the older ones, too.)
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