The first tune is a version of a traditional pipe tune sourced from the 19th century Willie Ross Collection. The ball in question was set up as a closing celebration of the Argyllshire Gathering piping competition which still runs to this day! The second tune was written after a trip to Thunder Bay, Ontario. Some of the band went for a kayak trip in the bay but were soon paddling for shore when a powerful thunderstorm appeared quickly out of fine weather.
from Frenzy of the Meeting,
released October 26, 2018
The Ball That Was in Oban (Trad. Arr. Breabach)
Thunderstorm on Thunder Bay (James Duncan Mackenzie)
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Kinnaris Quintet alternates wonderfully between sweet warmth and rapturous joy. They accomplish what all good folk music aims at. It's very difficult to make an instrumental album of this length not start to all sound the same, but every track on Free One is so well constructed as to be chapters of a moving story, finally deeply satisfied by the conclusion of the title track. By jolts and false starts it alludes to brokenness without drowning in it. It's full of a realism that sees the ugliness of the real world and yet chooses joy, and this to me is what it truly means to be free. gripraven