The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 27 April is from a band called VAMM with their debut album of the same name.
Ross Macfadyen talks to Marit Fält about the band”s music and review”s this newly released CD.
VAMM is Patsy Reid, Catriona Macdonald and Marit Fält.
Patsy is the former fiddle player with the loud and brilliant Breabach while Catriona spent 12 years as one of the world-renowned Blazin’ Fiddles and Marit also performs in a duo with the BBC Radio Scotland Young Trad Musician of the Year, Rona Wilkie.
VAMM is an old Shetlandic word meaning to bewitch or entrance. Marit says: “It’s a good sounding word, and there aren’t many groups that start with a ‘V’.”
Having previously played in bands that required tight unison playing, power and volume, VAMM formed out of a shared wish to explore the possibilities of harmony, melody and rhythm with like-minded musicians.
VAMM is not a traditional trio. Not in the way you might expect. Their repertoire doesn’t rely on the slow Strathspeys, Shetland Reels or Scandinavian Polskas as these musicians are best known for.
Contemporary tunes from the talents of Lau’s Aidan O’Rourke and composer Jim Sutherland sit alongside 19th century four-to-the-floor reels and modern pieces by up-and-coming musicians and the group’s own compositions. VAMM’s sound is led by the strength of the melody and harmonic beauty rather than their cultural backgrounds.
Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week, Saturday 27 April 12 noon and 12 midnight and Monday 29 April 6.00pm and Catch Up anytime.