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Album Review

Like their Scottish brethren (Shooglenifty, Tartan Amoebas, and Martyn Bennett) Peatbog Faeries creatively blend a wide spectrum of musical ideas into their repertoire. Early on, one might understandably dismiss this album as rather ordinary fiddle and pipes, Celtic-rock fare. But as the album unfolds (and upon repeated listenings), its subtleties are revealed to prove wrong that initial assessment. Virtually every track is accentuated by a unique accent sometimes fleeting in duration and sometimes dictating the course of the track — like the brief injection of a mbaqanga guitar line in "Weary We've Been/Dancing Feet" and the Tubular Bells motif present throughout "Lexy Macaskill." Other tracks unveil additional disparate tendencies like the reggae rhythms in "Angus McKinnon," the Eastern-influenced "Macedonian Women's Rant," and the funky grooves and jazzy keyboards of "Maids of Mount Cisco."


Formed: 1994

Genre: Folk

Years Active: '90s

The traditional music of Scotland is blended with hard-edged funk, deep dub reggae, and modern jazz influences by the Peatbog Faeries. Based on the Isle of Skye, off the northwest coast of Scotland, the original lineup of the band comprised Peter Morrison (bagpipes, whistle), Ben Ivitsky (fiddle), Ali Penthland (guitar, keyboards), Innes Hutton (bass, bodhrán), and Iain Copeland (drums); they formally came together in 1994, but the members had been playing together since childhood. Over the years...
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