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Jura Ceilidh Band - Trip to Cape Breton
JCB with JERRY HOLLAND "A Trip to Cape Breton" KRL CDLDL1269

This is the second album by the Jura Ceilidh Band or as they are called here, JCB. This album sees a broadening of the band's character, a slight shift of emphasis in the mix of material and a move of a few thousand miles west to recording studios in Nova Scotia. The album was produced by Cape Breton fiddle player Jerry Holland and mixed by Ross Kennedy in CaVa Studios back in Glasgow when the band returned home.

This recording has many lively sets of tunes for dancers to poussette, form chains, balance, swing, cast off or set to their partners. There are a couple of waltzes, one by Jerry Holland and the other written by JCB's accordionist, Davy MacDonald and a well played slow air, "Mrs Helen N. Robertson". The overall "sound" is still recognisably Scottish though flavoured with some of the spirited Cape Breton style. Sheumas MacNeil's full chords and walking bass lines on the piano help drive things on and Jerry Holland can be heard on some tracks adding weight to the string section.

Peter Fairbairn

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This album was reviewed in Issue 26 of The Living Tradition magazine.