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MILLADORIO "As Fadas De Estrano Nome" Green Linnet GLCD3118

Milladorio come from Galacia; I just though I'd mention that in case anyone out there ever met than and referred to them as Spanish. I saw an unwitting compere make that very mistake a few years ago at the Edinburgh Folk Festival only to be informed that his mistake was of the same magnitude as calling a Scottish person English.

And for sure their music is distinctive and different that rare thing, a hybrid of diverse influences which are identifiable up to a point yet remain elusive as the sum is greater than the parts and of course the impact of the considerable talent of Milladorio is there to further enrich the picture.

This richness is reflected in a shifting tableaux of moods, tempos and rhythms which take the listener over an undulating road of differing musical experiences. Note that I don't talk about switchbacks or rollercoasters in terms of the shifting experience as there's little of a jarring nature here. Highlights? There's the opener "Polca dos Campaneiros" a danceworthy accordion driven track, contrasting with the most stately "Vals de Libinca" which comes later, or the thumping gypsy rhythms complete with rattling tambourines and lusty vocals of "Foliada de Santinso". There's a track which swaggers along with their full range of half a dozen instruments giving it jaunty full belt that reminded me of nothing more than Jock Tamsons Bairns at full steam and which certainly reminds the listener that these guys Celtic credentials are impeccable. However, it's "Alala das Marinas" which does it for me. This is an Ennio Morricone sounding member (which is interesting as it's traditional and raises questions about the possibility of him deriving influences from traditional sources) it's opening passages building through solo haunting flute through the swelling incremental inclusion of Irish sounding pipes, harp and other instruments. "Once upon a time in the West" came to mind.

You'll have guessed by now that I'm fairly taken by the album and you'll have guessed right. I first played it on a gloomy May day and it helped to dispel some of that gloom. However, it's charms have persisted undimmed into the summer heatwave being enjoyed at the time of writing which says much about the charms of Milladorio.

Hector Christie

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This album was reviewed in Issue 23 of The Living Tradition magazine.