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THE IRON HORSE "Thro' Water, Earth and Stone" Lochshore CDLDL 1206

For some time now, The Iron Horse has been making a name for itself on the Scottish folk scene. Because of the instrumental line-up, including Highland pipes, it is inevitable that this band will be compared to some other Scottish bands which have gone before. I believe that this album proves that The Iron Horse is fast developing its own sound.

"Thro' Water, Earth and Stone" has six instrumental and five vocal tracks. The instrumentals are a mixture of traditional and contemporary tunes, some written by members of the band, and all in traditional style. The arrangements are excellent and the playing is bright and crisp.

The singers, Annie Grace and Lynn Morrison, also play - whistles/pipes and keyboards/viola/fiddle respectively. Their singing isn't as strong as their instrumental skills, but it's pleasant and the arrangements make up for any lack of strength in the vocal department.

Overall, it's a very good album and would be welcome in anyone's collection of Scottish/Celtic music.

Tom Smith

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This album was reviewed in Issue 5 of The Living Tradition magazine.