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CRASDANT - "Crasdant" - SCD2220

If you like pure folk music, and like to relax into a good CD, then you'll appreciate the quality of Crasdant.

The group comprises four musicians: Andy McLaughlin on wooden flute, whistles and G pibgorn; Huw Williams on guitar and stepping; Stephen Rees on fiddles, accordion, whistles and D pibgorn; and Robin Huw Bowen on the Gwaun perpendicular triple harp. All are experienced and world renowned performers on their instruments.

In some places, I personally found some of the tracks rather twee and a bit samey. I know this CD was recorded in less time than has done justice to their performance, as the group were preparing to fly out for a tour of the USA just days after it had been released. However, it's an extensive repertoire of some very beautiful Welsh tunes, arranged and played in their traditional form.

Some of the tunes are from the 'gypsy collections' (Eldra Jarman of The Roberts Clan, Newton, Powys), Llewelyn Alaw collection (1829-1879) and from various other fiddlers and harpists from all over Wales.

Overall, I enjoyed the simplicity of this CD. But I bet that their next one will stun you!

Sian Phillips

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This album was reviewed in Issue 35 of The Living Tradition magazine.