Review of The Call
The Telegraph - 14th July 2014
It is not always easy to translate the zest of a live performance into studio work but there is a genuine exuberance to the playing of Ciaran Algar (fiddle) and Greg Russell (acoustic guitar) that lights up The Call. Even on an initial first listen to instrumentals The Silent Jigs or George's, you can tell the duo have cracked that problem. Since their 2012 debut album, The Queen's Lover, Algar and Russell have won the BBC Young Folk Award and this second album shows an increasing depth to their work. Russell has a strong voice, full of character, and among the highlights are A Season in Your Arms and Roses Three, which is a song originally from Sweden. There is a cover version of Cold Missouri Waters, a moving song that Richard Shindell regularly performs about a tragic fire in Missouri in 1949. The musicianship is excellent on The Call and the choice of songs is strong. The Call and the Answer, for example, is given its proper musical due. A fine album.