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VARIOUS ARTISTS - Transatlantic Sessions 2 Volume Two

VARIOUS ARTISTS - Transatlantic Sessions 2 Volume Two
Whirlie Records WHIRLIECD30

A blast from the past, this is (mostly) a re-release of an album from series two of the popular show, originally released in 1998 by Iona Records, now released on Whirlie with a few added tracks taken from the original sound recordings.

As we have come to expect from the Transatlantic releases, all the great and the good are here – Aly Bain, Jerry Douglas, Danny Thompson, Paul Brady, Nancy Griffiths, Karen Matheson, Eddi Reader, Ricky Skaggs and Sharon Shannon, amongst many others. There are some nice recordings of Ishbel MacAskill and John Martyn, both no longer with us.

This collection features some tasteful arrangements of songs and tunes, though there are parts where it drifts towards the over-flashy, not overly tuneful, “because I can” type of stuff. I’ll let you decide which is which! Overall though, a nice CD to add to the collection.

Fiona Heywood

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This album was reviewed in Issue 97 of The Living Tradition magazine.