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Root 2

by Stewart Hardy & Frank McLaughlin

Acoustic music inspired by the traditions of Scotland, the Borders and Northumberland. This cd is has beautiful compositions arranged for fiddle, guitar and Scottish Small Pipes performed with consumate skill by two leading exponents.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Joy Together
4:17 $1.29
2. The Pilgrim's Way
3:03 $0.99
3. Clarology
3:57 $0.99
4. Earl Tyneside
3:46 $0.99
5. Air, Champagne and Beer
5:08 $0.99
6. Chloe's Fret
3:51 $0.99
7. Long Wait
3:53 $0.99
8. Sgt. Early's No. 1
4:23 $0.99
9. Nepali Thunder
3:46 $0.99
10. Jim and Euan
5:27 $0.99
11. Bonnie Bell Fog
6:13 $0.99
12. Pig and Hannah's
4:40 $0.99
13. Loco Brown Fair
3:50 $0.99
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Album Notes
Stewart and Frank met at a Scottish Music Festival in Northern Bavaria. From the start it was clear that they held common musical values and shared many musical influences. Initially contributing to each others projects, the fun they had working together led them to establish a formal collaboration. Together they compose, produce and perform music of tremendous variety. This cd represents a snapshot of the acoustic set they perform live as a duo - aspects of their repertoire stripped back to the bare essentials of fiddle, guitar and Scottish Small pipes.


“The instrumental pairing of Stewart Hardy and Frank McLaughlin is one of traditional music’s great examples of cross-Border co-operation”

“Hardy is based in the northeast of England, although his fiddle playing on the Earl Grey strathspey here could place him as an Aberdeenshire native, and guitarist and piper McLaughlin lives in Edinburgh. When they get together, however, each belongs wherever the music takes them, be it in The Pilgrim’s Way’s Spanish dance steps or in the brilliantly mobile Irish set that culminates with Paddy Fahey’s Reel. Hardy brings a terrific range of colourful expression to his playing, from the gentle, poignant lilt of his slow airs, through the slippery hornpipe bowing that lights up The Locomotive and the swooping, steely poise of his own Thunderfoot, and McLaughlin is both an imaginative accompanist and an assured tunesmith, often transferring his piper’s phrasing to the guitar strings. All in all, Root2 is a treasure chest of traditional music making, with every listen revealing new riches.” Rob Adams, The Herald (Scotland), 24 May 2010

"NORTH-EAST England fiddler Stewart Hardy and Scots guitarist and piper Frank McLaughlin take an unhurried yet masterly approach in this sweet-sounding album of traditional and self-composed tunes.

Hardy's fiddle sings in airs such as Bonnie Dundee, while he takes an agile and affectionate delve into the great Irish tune book in Sgt Early's No 1, and does indeed root himself back in his heartland with skittering tunes associated with the Tyneside hornpipe King James Hill.

McLaughlin's guitar can chime with a delicacy reminiscent of Tony McManus, or work up powerful drive, while his small pipes sound crisp melodies around which Hardy's fiddle twines, as in the lovely development of a stark tuning phrase in Pig and Hannahs.

There are some distinctly continental echoes in The Pilgrim's Way or the jaunty Clarology, while Long Wait has a stately, early music feel to it. The pair's sinuous lightness of touch and sense of enjoyment is a lesson for some of our more determinedly iconoclastic young players."
JIM GILCHRIST - The Scotsman 29 July 2010



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