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SIMON THOUMIRE THREE "March, Strathspey & Reel" Green Linnet GLCD1171

Simon Thoumire (pronounced two-meer says the press release) plays concertina. In fact that is the understatement of the year. He plays concertina extremely well. His track record shows that. Playing since the age of twelve, he won the Young Tradition Award in 1989, has played with the likes of Aly Bain, Phil Cunningham, Donal Lunny, is on his third? album - and he's still in his mid twenties. It just shows the wealth of talent we have around.

On this CD he's joined by two others, (well he would be wouldn't he?) Kevin MacKenzie on bass and Simon Thorpe on guitar. Both have jazz influences but don't let that put you off. The coming together of the folk and jazz has produced an album which demands listening to. The standard remains consistently high throughout, from the "noise" at the start right to the "Hootz!" at the finish. There's the beautiful "Bridge of Don", a bagpipe tune, the amazing title track, of which I'm still not sure what to make, amongst the twelve on offer here. All of them have interesting arrangements, to say the least!

When you read this the band will have toured and I'm sure sales will have gone well, I recommend it to anyone who wants something a little different to listen to. So turn the volume up and the lights low, settle back and enjoy the Simon Thoumire Three.

Oh, Simon maybe the singing needs a bit of work on!!

Dave Beeby

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This album was reviewed in Issue 20 of The Living Tradition magazine.