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Chris Leslie - The Flow
CHRIS LESLIE "The Flow" Beautiful Jo Records BEJOCD20

Chris Leslie with Martin Allcock, Anne-Marie Doyle, Margaret Knight, Simon Mayor, Ric Sanders and Martin Simpson. Wow! A new super group? A cousin of Fairport Convention perhaps? Not at all. The tracks on this CD, with the exception of track twelve, are duets, between Chris and one or other of the above listed All-Star cast. So we have fiddle with guitar, acoustic and electric, championship winning step dancing, harp, mandolin, mandocello and mandola, electric violin, viola and cello. Most, if not all, the artistes featured on this CD will doubtless be known to readers of this magazine and it goes without saying that everything is played, and danced, to the highest standard.

Chris Leslie's repertoire is very varied with tunes from Ireland, Scotland, Brittany and America and a couple of self-penned items, including the above mentioned track twelve, "Tune for the Land of Snows", an atmospheric piece laudably dedicated to the people of Tibet on which Chris plays all the instruments.

The variety of instruments beautifully played, the varied and skillful choice of material plus the underlying loneliness of the overall sound of this well produced CD make it one of the most interesting and enjoyable recordings of fiddle music I have heard for a long time.

Congratulations to all involved.

Danny Saunders

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This album was reviewed in Issue 24 of The Living Tradition magazine.