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Kindred Spirits: A Musical Portrait Of Scotland's Women
Genres: World Music, Pop
A champion in a rising generation of Scottish fiddlers, Bonnie is called "the piping fiddler" for her evocative renditions of Highland bagpipe music. Here she returns to her roots in a celebration of the women of Scotland.... more »
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A champion in a rising generation of Scottish fiddlers, Bonnie is called "the piping fiddler" for her evocative renditions of Highland bagpipe music. Here she returns to her roots in a celebration of the women of Scotland. With ancient Gaelic airs, strathspeys and reels of today's Scotland, performed on Scottish fiddle & viola with Highland bagpipe, uilleann pipes, wire-strung Celtic harp, guitar, cittern, cello, bodhran, snare & bass drum. Praised by the Washington Post who said,""Both a classically-trained violinist and three-time US National Fiddle Champion, Rideout uses these twin disciplines to combine an impeccable sense of intonation, timbre and phrasing with the imagination to spin variations on repeating folk themes...She has used these linked skills to tackle not only the fiddle tradition of Scottish music but the pipe tradition as well...She forgoes the heated flamboyance of popular fiddlers in favor of a cooler, more meditative approach...Rideout brings the elegant severity of chamber music to the repertoire, eschewing frilly embellishments for strong, clean lines."
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(5 out of 5 stars)
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"I can't put this album on and just let it play because there are some tracks on it that I actively dislike. But ones I like are so very good that I nevertheless consider this a five-star CD. Bonnie Rideout is perhaps the leading exponent of the Scottish fiddle tradition these days, with five albums published in the last five years. She does not import ideas from other genres. Yet she succeeds (sometimes) against the biggest challenge in the tradition - she makes it sound fresh."