The result is a feast of dynamics throughout; not an easy thing on an instrument such as this, with its relatively restricted tonality. A suitably strident reel called The Vaults gets proceedings off to a brisk start, revealing a mastery of subtle variations. Whilst, later, the swinging polka set Glen Cottage and a Balkan sounding 7/8 set of tunes conspire to keep the eclecticism at full tilt.
In pleasing contrast, a charming interpretation of Irish traditional number The Suilin and the self-penned Leave This Land – inspired by a memorable tour of New Zealand – remind the listener, if needed, of the depth in range and repertoire of this former BBC Folk Awards Musician of the Year nominee.
This is a release which could well encourage a different perspective of the banjo as an instrument capable of expression in both instrumental and accompaniment playing in equal parts, and as such deserves a wide audience.
AudioCelt Star Rating: 5 out of 5