Celtic Music Radio’s CD album of the week is ‘The Desperate Battle of the Birds’ by Breabach.
Breabach are one of the most inventive and diverse bands to have emerged from the Scottish folk scene in recent years. From their foot-stomping reels to their heart warming delivery of songs, there can be no doubt why Breabach has become a household name for many on the folk and roots music scene.
Nominated in the Scots Trad Music Awards for ‘Best Up and Coming Artist’ in 2006 and ‘Best Folk Band’ in 2007 and 2008, Breabach’s huge sound is dominated by the twin Bagpipes of Calum MacCrimmon and Donal Brown. This uncompromising force is complemented by the extraordinary fiddle playing of Patsy Reid and is further supported by the charismatic yet propulsive guitar playing of Ewan Robertson, named BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2008.
‘The Desperate Battle of the Birds’ is their second CD. The band are currently on tour, with dates in Glasgow in Oran Mor on 21 May and at Piping Live on 14 August 2010.