The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 28 July is the debut CD from The Halton Quartet featuring Angus Lyon and Ruaridh Campbell and is called “Based on True Events”.
Ross Macfadyen talks to Angus Lyon about the album, music and his current projects.
Comprising the collective talents within two of Scotland’s most innovative and captivating duos, The Halton Quartet may be more familiar to audiences as Angus Lyon and Ruaridh Campbell plus Wingin’ It.
The four met on board the mv Halton during the 2007 Orkney Folk Festival and have since gone on to make music which is both rich in tradition and boldly forward-looking, with arrangements that expand and develop melodic ideas with imagination, subtlety and brio.
Influenced by Argentinean tango master Astor Piazzolla, The European classical school, New York Jazz and Scottish tune forms – this is music with genuine heart and soul.
Accepted as one of Scotland’s most creative fiddle and accordion duos, Angus and Ruaridh have amassed numerous accolades for their 2006 album 18 Months Later including Glasgow Herald’s Folk Album of the year and was chosen as Celtic Connections Classic Albums alongside John Martyn’s Solid Air and Dick Gaughan’s Handful of Earth.
Wingin’ It are Adam Bulley and Chas Mackenzie who are gaining credits for their dexterous, almost lyrical arrangements on mandolin and guitars and in 2012 were commissioned to write and perform an original piece of music for The Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust concert in Perth.
Album of the Week programme at 12 noon Saturday 28 July and at 12 midnight and on Monday 30 July 2012 at 6.00pm.