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Amy Geddes: Over the Sky to See
(Lochgoilhead Fiddle Workshop LFWCD001, 2003)


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Earlier this year I played a concert in Edinburgh, sharing the bill with Brian Finnegan and Sarah Allen (of Flook), and Amy Geddes. In such illustrious company, my guitarist and I insisted on going on first. Good move, since we were alright, good enough to warm people up, and the other two acts were, in my opinion, terrific. I knew Brian and Sarah would be very good, but I was surprised at how good Amy was: I was mesmerised. I have played with Amy in sessions before, but in a concert setting she really shows off her talent.

'Over the Sky to See' opens with a set of Amy's own jigs, including the excellent Andy's Saltire which came to people's ears through Catriona MacDonald's version on 'Bold'. This track sets the scene: straightforward top-rate fiddling accompanied by Sandy's individual guitar style. The second track is a a long set of traditional Strathspeys and reels including Rothiemurchus Rant, Merry Lads of Ayr and Argyle Bowling Green - good to hear these old tunes getting an airing.

Three tracks in the middle of the album are titled The Loch Goil Collection, all written by Henry Maughan in the 19th century. With names such as Peggy Thomson of Loch View, Drimsynie Beg and The Hills of Carrick we must presume that they're all named for local Lochgoilhead landmarks and folk. Most of the other tracks are by Amy or Sandy. Two songs adorn the CD, Amy singing Ay Waukin O and Sandy singing his own My Shining Star.

'Over the Sky to See' is, I believe, Amy Geddes's first solo CD, but I'm glad to see something available. I think the album to establish Amy firmly as one of Scotland's finer fiddlers is still to come, although this collection should be welcome on the shelf of any lover of Scottish fiddle music.

Nigel Gatherer, 30 Jun 2005

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