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‘Daydreams and Departures’ by Corran Raa - an album of enchantment and fascination

(July 30, 2014)

Corran Raa play music that drinks deep from the well of tradition and sups from the bowl of invention. Music that’s equally ‘at home’ today as it was years ago. As you listen, there’s an edge 2cutting through that raises their own interpretations and compositions, sometimes fine and gentle at other times sharp and strong, but always finely placed. Their latest album, ‘Daydreams and Departures’ combines influences from tradition blending with self-penned and covered compositions that create an album of enchantment and fascination.

The original Corran Raa is a sand spit on the island of Taransay - evoking infinite mythical association with its ethereal white sand yet subject to unpredictable Hebridean weather – and that pretty much sums up Corran Raa the band. Four musicians capable of crafting rich tunes and songs of incredible beauty, yet equally mercurial in their approach and poised to take you by surprise. Their tunes flourish and burst into life or slide through soft beginnings into subtle articulation, with a mix of melodies and rhythms.

The fiddles of Jenny Smith and Janet Lees weave tapestries that entrance, while Kath Bruce on piano and vocals and Robbie Leask on guitar, provide the threads that hold the fabric together. From the echoing piano and fiddles sliding across ‘Made It’ and the spritely spirit of ‘The Sands of Luskentyre’ through a gorgeous take on John Spillane’s stirring song ‘The Wild Flowers’ to the enthusiasm and elation that bursts within ‘Special Agent Turberville’ and ‘The Caretaker’ there is much to distil from ‘Daydreams and Departures’.

If you recall their first album, then you’ll find they’ve come a long way, there’s more depth and expression to Corran Raa on ‘Daydreams and Departures’. The album releases in August 2014, find it here:

Reviewer: Tim Carroll

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