As part of the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards we have an Album of the Year category (sponsored by Birnam CD). Musicians added their albums from the last 12 months (September 2015 to August 2016) and then in September 2016 we asked our Album panel (20 musicians / industry people) to listen to all the releases and bring it down to 20. You can view all the albums from the period here. Below is our 2016 Scots Trad Album of the Year Shortlist of 10 albums. Click on the links and read about the albums. We have also created a Scots Trad Album of the Year podcast featuring all 20 longlisted albums for you to listen to here.
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Beyond Talisk Records (42 mins)
Fresh from a well-deserved win of the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Musician of the Year award for concertina player Mohsen Amini, Talisk release their second album. And what a cracker it is too. There is a remarkably powerful sound from the trio, which includes Hayley Keenan on fiddle and Graham Armstrong on guitar. The eight self-penned tracks take as their inspiration all the places the band have visited over the last couple of years. ‘Montreal’ is a foot-stamping, blistering opener whilst ‘Cabot Trail’ is a beautifully sweeping and pounding evocation of the North American landscape.
‘Rations’ is a sweaty duet between fiddle and concertina, with some tasty pounding guitar; while title-track ‘Beyond’ hints at rich promises still to come, via energetic and unexpected rhythms. Talisk also bring a remarkable guest-list on ‘Farewell’: Breabach, Skerryvore, Tide Lines and We Banjo 3 are among many others joining the band on vocals. There is a wide-eyed enthusiasm here for all things traditional and a burgeoning excitement at where the band is heading which is incredibly infectious and endearing. Fresh, invigorating, accomplished and playfully frisky: this is a wonderful release.
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