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WENDY WEATHERBY - "A Breath on the Cold Glass" - WCMCD019
This is a collection of both traditional and original tunes and songs. It's got humour, colour and above all a touch of class. Call me old fashioned, however I am interested in the revival of the lesser used but traditional instruments, such as the cello.

Some of the tunes were taken from an eighteenth century manuscript by Niel Gow, which has the notation for cello. Wendy has added some personal touches too, which reveal her nature for fun, such as the Ballachulish Tango!

Wendy has a long and accomplished track record and her biography makes interesting reading. Having worked with numerous people such the likes of Hamish Moore, Dick Lee, Mairi McInnes and Billy Jackson (with whom she recorded the Wellpark Suite), the list seems endless. She's currently a member of Calluna, the Mick West Band and the Song Factory Project. As her first solo recording, great diversity is displayed using the cello as a bowed, plucked, lead and accompanying instrument.As a vocalist, her choice of songs takes off with a bawdy rendition of the Robert Burns song, John Anderson, but mellows to sing The Great Silkie of Sule Skerry and The Learig, but travelling back up-tempo with Fair Annie.

Another point to note is that the standard of production on this CD is high and its fabric well planned. The subtle use of percussion and side drumming (Bill Martin) embroiders and doesn't barge its way around on tracks such as Miss Norma McIntosh / Prestonfield Johnny. This CD reflects Wendy's personality and outstanding talents as both singer and musician, and will not gather dust in my collection! I look forward to seeing a live performance in the near future.

Siân Phillips
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This album was reviewed in Issue 37 of The Living Tradition magazine.