ED2016 3/5 Reviews ED2016 Music Reviews

Women Of The Hebrides (Caitlin Downie & Yshani Perinpanayagam)

By | Published on Saturday 20 August 2016

Women of the Hebrides Ed2016

This was folk music, though the style was classical – in English – and very well done. I was reminded of my childhood, not gazing into a peat fire flame but rather watching popular TV programmes, in black and white, of music graduate Moira Anderson singing Scottish songs. Caitlin Downie interpreted the songs skilfully and Yshani Perinpanayagam was an excellent accompanist. Downie convinced as a flirtatious fairy in ‘A Fairy’s Love Song’ and was strongly dramatic in ‘The Ballad of MacNeil of Barra’. ‘The Christ-Child’s Lullaby’ was new to me, and also very lovely. These were songs about perilous days gone by, in places where the veil between different worlds was very thin indeed.

Acoustic Music Centre @ St Bride’s, 14 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Louise Rodgers]



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