The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 1 February 2014 is the new album from Patsy Reid called The Brightest Path which is released on 24 February 2014.
The Brightest Path features Patsy Reid (on violin, viola, cello, vocals); Mhairi Hall (piano); Ewan MacPherson (guitars, banjo, mandolin); Ben Nicholls (double bass, harmonium); Fraser Fifield (soprano sax, whsitle); Signy Jakobsdóttir (percussion);
Mattie Foulds (drum kit, vocals). The CD album was produced by Patsy Reid & Mattie Foulds and recorded at Crear by Mattie Foulds, mixed by Mattie Foulds at MWAH and mastered by Stuart Hamilton at Castlesound Studios, Pencaitland, East Lothian.
Only two years after leaving the brilliant and loud Breabach, Patsy Reid has become the most in-demand traditional fiddle player in the UK. She hasn’t stopped working.
On any given day in the last couple of years you could’ve seen Patsy performing as part of The Cecil Sharp Project or Kathryn Tickell’s Northumbrian Voices, or at the London 2012 celebrations with Zakir Hussain’s Pulse of the World.
She played with The Unusual Suspects and The True North Orchestra, accompanied Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman on tour, as well as forming a new string trio called VAMM.
There were numerous Celtic Connections commissions and a residency in Kolkata, India. And in the studio Patsy is a one woman string quartet, contributing cello, viola and violin to albums by Duncan Chisholm, Bella Hardy, Treacherous Orchestra, Tim Edey and… There are almost certainly more we’ve missed out.
But after all that collaboration it’s time for Patsy herself to take centre stage with her brilliant new album The Brightest Path which is available now to order as a pre-release here.
Album of the Week, Monday 3 February 2014 at 6.00pm.