‘Woven’ by Jenna Moynihan - tradition with startling inventiveness and creativity(November 15, 2015)
There is something magical about the music made by Jenna Moynihan. Her new album, ‘Woven’ seamlessly blends the roots of Scottish fiddle tradition with startling inventiveness and creativity. The resulting album, which mixes the foundations of tradition with a freedom to innovate has an intimacy that places artist and audience in such proximity you could be in the same room. It’s a closeness that flows through the tunes and also between the musicians playing alongside Jenna.
The interaction between Jenna and Mairi Chaimbeul (Scottish harp) who plays with her throughout, is augmented by the added attraction of special guests on selected tracks: Owen Marshall (guitar, harmonium) Courtney Hartman (guitar) with Duncan Wickel, Darol Anger and Alex Hargreaves (fiddles) and Maeve Gilchrist (piano, Hammond organ).
The music on offer ranges through wistful and dreamy with ‘Heaven’ and ‘The Eagle’s Whistle’, through jaunty with ‘Pipe Major Jimmy MacGregor’, to the spritely ‘Dolina MacKay’, sumptuous tracks like ‘The Banks of the Deveron’ and ‘Kendall Tavern’, apply a special ambiance and to close there’s the blistering triplet of ‘Rise You Lazy fellow/ The Mill Stream/ The Night We Had The Bears’.
Definitely an album to savour. Website: www.jennamoynihan.com
Review: Charlie Elland