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‘Hello, Goodbye’ from John McCusker - most certainly worth the wait

(April 08, 2016)

There isn’t really a great deal to say about Scottish musician John McCusker that hasn’t already been said. A consummate master of the fiddle and long-time member of Battlefield Band and capable of crossing genres with ease, listing the artists that McCusker has worked with reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ of musicians and artistshello goodbye john mccusker ... Paul Weller, Kate Rusby. Steve Earle, Kris Drever, Edi Reader, Eliza Carthy & Linda Thompson ... and that’s just a few names. He’s also composed soundtracks for film and television, and managed to find time for solo albums as well, and although there’s been a gap of some 12 years since the last album, the latest, ‘Hello, Goodbye’ is due for release on 29 April 2016.

The album coincides with McCusker celebrating 25 years as a professional musician, and the result is vibrant, inventive and creative. ‘Hello, Goodbye’ is tradition and innovation working hand-in-hand, with McCusker proving, if there were any doubt that his remarkable gift for crafting tunes that immediately become memorable. These particular tunes were written while touring with Mark Knopfler and recorded in McCusker’s 1779-built Scottish-Borders bothy now morphed into an ultra-modern recording studio.

‘Hello, Goodbye’ is most certainly worth the wait and I promise that you will be captivated tunes weave their magic through a sparkling and intricate web that takes in the lively delights of ‘Calendar Boys’, ‘It’s a Girl’ and ‘The Bothy Jigs’, the deep-feeling of ‘The Milk Carton Kids’ and ‘Tune For Nana’, the tranquillity of ‘A Trip To Roma’ and the utterly enchanting ‘Hello, Goodbye’ itself.

Another list of names from that ‘Who’s Who’ play alongside John McCusker on ‘Hello, Goodbye’ ... James Mackintosh, Ewen Vernal, Ian Carr, Michael McGoldrick, Andy Cutting, Tim O’Brien, Phil Cunningham and Heidi Talbot.

John McCusker sets off on tour from 15 April, find out more here: www.johnmccusker.co.uk

Review: Tim Carroll

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