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Piper's Crow

by Piper's Crow

A Celtic band steeped in tradition yet daringly original, Piper's Crow presents top-notch instrumental and vocal prowess and an array of instruments including flutes, bagpipes, fiddle, guitar and autoharp.
Genre: World: Celtic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Maria Gow's Molasses Biscuits/Walker Street/Maid of Argyll
3:16 $0.99
2. The Kirk o' Birnie Bouzle/Jenny's Chickens
4:07 $0.99
3. MacKenzie's Misfortune
3:56 $0.99
4. The Reel of Stumpie
2:36 $0.99
5. My Cape Breton Home
4:33 $0.99
6. Galician March/Muñeira
4:16 $0.99
7. Evidence of Flora
3:00 $0.99
8. Strings of Pearl/42nd Avenue
3:17 $0.99
9. Mormond Braes/The Butcher's Jig
2:50 $0.99
10. Niel Gow's Lament for the Death of His Second Wife/All the Night
4:22 $0.99
11. Thrush in the Straw/Gables Motel Jig/Highlander's Jig
3:11 $0.99
12. My Treasure, My Delight
6:05 $0.99
13. The Fertile Fields of Peebles
3:32 $0.99
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Album Notes
"This release is the premier album from Piper's Crow, a quartet that specializes in traditional material (plus sympathetic originals) from the breadth of the Celtic realm, stretching from Scotland and Ireland to Galicia and Cape Breton Island. The band's eponymous CD is a gorgeous collection of rich, haunting melodies, exhilarating jigs and reels played with rippling zeal, and songs featuring Laura MacKenzie's exquisite voice. Much of Piper's Crow's charm is derived from the sparkling interplay between the musicians, especially the exotic bagpipes and assorted wind instruments deftly wielded by MacKenzie and master piper Dick Hensold, while Zack Kline's fiddle weaves devilishly amongst them and Karen Mueller helps drive the entire business on guitar and bouzouki. This is wonderful stuff that's musically provocative while rarely failing to elicit a smile or an urge to bound about the room."
--Review from the Minneapolis/St. Paul City Pages, January 20, 2006.

Piper's Crow is:
Laura MacKenzie: wooden flutes, whistles, Scottish smallpipes, medieval greatpipes, concertina, gemshorn, and vocals
Dick Hensold: Northumbrian smallpipes, medieval greatpipes, low whistle, gemshorn, and recorders
Karen Mueller: guitar, bouzouki, autoharp
Zack Kline: fiddle, octave violin



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Peter Dyson

Traditional and original Celtic music ---- Brilliant !!
All four of the players in Piper's Crow are superb musicians in their own right, and what comes through in listening to this CD is that it is definitely a band CD; it is definitely a team effort, and everyone has a chance to shine. The layered approach the band takes in adding instruments to the overall mix is very carefully thought out, as are the harmony lines and musical settings. Between the four of them, the band members can muster well over a dozen different musical instruments, plus vocals, so no one single instrument dominates.

There is a nice mix of traditional tunes drawn from Scotland, Northumberland, Cape Breton, and Ireland, and several newer tunes mostly written by band members. The slow air “Mackenzie's Misfortune”, from Dick Hensold is destined to become a classic. It is a gorgeous tune with some unusual progressions, and it stays in the memory a long time after the CD has finished playing.

The songs on the CD, “The Kirk o' Birnie Bouzle”,”The Reel of Stumpie”,“Mormond Braes”, and “My Treasure, My Delight, My Love” are all beautifully sung by Laura Mackenzie, with very sympathetic backing from the rest of the band. A couple of the tune sets feature a very sweet-sounding English concertina, an instrument which is becoming popular once again.

This is a very satisfying CD to listen to, the tune sets all go well together, and the musicians sound like they are having a lot of fun. And you can't ask for more than that.