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‘Air-Fix’ - Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson continue to extend their musical reach

(October 23, 2013)

The more you listen to ‘Air-Fix’ from Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson, the more you embrace their Air-Fixblend of Scottish and Irish trad-arranged and self-penned music. The enduring, sometime exuberant, sometime languid mix of Border pipes, Uilleann pipes and whistles combined with expressive vocals absorbs from the first. With ‘Air-Fix’, their second album, Ross and Jarlath continue to extend their musical reach.

Recorded live in Gorbals Sound Studios, Glasgow, alongside Ainslie and Henderson ‘Air-Fix’ features the talents of Ali Hutton on guitar, Duncan Lyall electric and double bass, James Mackintosh drums and percussion, Innes Watson fiddle, Hamish Napier on piano and Wurlitzer, and Alana Henderson on vocals.

There’s the sultry and vibrant tones of ‘Full Moon’, the dramatic and effervescing ‘Eavesdropper’ and a blistering arrangement of the Planxty-familiar Bulgarian dance tune ‘Smeceno’. The songs include their versions of Paddy Casey’s ‘Anyone who’s yet to come’ with 'Anyone' and Gerry Rafferty’s painful ‘Look Over the Hill’ both conveyed by Jarland’s and Alana’s exquisitely matched vocals. Seriously good stuff.

Absolutely adore the cover design – character and instrument 'parts' on a plastic framework on the front, with Ross and Jarland as 'assembled' model musicians on the inside. Reminds me of childhood years spent building (poorly) various plastic models; usually to have them prematurely dusted into oblivion by an uncaring parent.

No such fate awaits this album – hear it once and you’ll care for it deeply. And in my opinion it’s destined for a long life. 

Reviewer: Charlie Elland

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