Bowstring - Vinnie’s Return
- Price £10.00 + £2.50 P&P
- Sweep CD003 (CD, UK, 2011)
Produced by Bowstring and Simon Marchant. Recorded by Simon Marchant Tracks 2,5,6,7,8,10,11 & 12 plus additional parts on 1,3 & 9 and Julian Whitfield - Tracks 1,3, 4 & 9. Photography by Zinta Egle.Buy Now
- Ramona Egle Vocals, Violin, Whistle, Low Whistle
- Zinta Egle Vocals, Guitar
- Chris Sadler Vocals, Concertina, Mandolin, Guitar
- Chris Taylor Vocals, Bouzouki, Mandolin, Harmonica, Guitar, Triangle
- Martin Young Vocals, Cittern, Guitar
- Lucy Randall Percussions
The debut album from Bowstring
Already established and much in demand as a ceilidh band, Bowstring turn their talents to a sparkling album of tunes and songs rich in exuberance and instrumental expertise.
From the opening set of Irish jigs, ‘The Walls of Liscarroll/Banish Misfortune’, to the closing set of tunes, ‘The Final Demand/Nelson’s Farewell’, written by multi-instrumentalist Chris Taylor, the invention never flags: along the way, the album visits the Appalachian mountains ‘The Kitchen Girls’, the Shetland Isles ‘The New Riggit Ship’, Guatemala ‘The Worry People’ and Scotland with Dougie Maclean’s anthem ‘Caledonia’. Original tunes featuring Chris Sadler’s lively concertina (the sparky ‘The Summers Sisters’ and swirling title track) sit alongside a marvellously sparse, imaginative reworking of ‘My Johnny Was a Shoemaker’, driven along by guest Lucy Randall’s percussion, while Wally Whyton’s early eco-song ‘Leave Them a Flower’ and Christy Moore’s cheeky ‘The Voyage of St Brendan’ give further breadth to an already rich mixture.
Throughout the tracks the close-harmony vocals of Ramona and Zinta Egle provide a distinctive contrast to the driving rhythm section of guitars, bouzouki and Martin Young’s cittern, with fiddle, whistles, harmonica, concertina and mandolin providing the melodies. The tight, dancing rhythms reflect the band’s ceilidh background, and the result is a bright, uplifting musical journey.
Bowstring are Ramona Egle (vocals, fiddle, whistles), Zinta Egle (vocals, guitar), Chris Sadler (vocals, concertina, mandolin, guitar), Chris Taylor (vocals, bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica, guitar, triangle) and Martin Young (vocals, cittern, guitar); on the album they are joined by Lucy Randall (percussion). Between them they have toured the world, had hit singles and performed on ‘Top of the Pops’, appeared on films, danced with Albion Morris, and probably much more…