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Drop The Box


Country of origin:

Scotland

Type of music generally:

Traditional folk-flavoured folk and folk/rock

Status:

Most recent release, loveday (2001)

See also:

Drop The Box's MySpace page (if it defaults the the main page, add "/dropthebox" to the URL)

Comparisons:

Very much like Spirit of the West

Covers/own material:

Own songs and traditional reels and jigs

General comments:

I'm amazed at how much this Scottish band sounds like Spirit of the West, which is from Vancouver, B.C. They have the same take on traditional jigs and reels and write their own traditional-sounding songs. Now this isn't usually my cup of tea, but early Spirit of the West I adore, and I really like this group's sound, too. The songs are lively and gentle. The male main singer's voice has a lovely Scottish burr and there are gentle female background vocals and she does a little lead singing, too. Gently charming, though of course many of the songs really folkrock.
     Apparently the delay in their recording a follow-up disc has to do with them losing one of the band suddenly to cancer. They've decided to carry on, though. I'm glad. (Neile)

Recommended first album:

Drop The Box is the only one we've heard

Recordings:


Drop The Box

Release info:

1995—Lockshore, KRL, 9 Watt Road, Hillington, Glasgow G52 4RY, U.K.—CDLCL 1234

Availability:

In the U.K. and I've seen it various places in the U.S.

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended for fans of trad-based folk/rock

Group members:

Michael Ferrie—fiddle, mandolin, viola
James L. Henry—vocal, guitar, piano
Fraser Mouat—bass, guitars, didgeridoo
Alan Robertson—drums, percussion
Inge Thomson—accordion, vocal, percussion

Guest artists:

Leo McCann—button accordion

Produced by:

Stevie Hook

Comments:

This a really delightful mix of traditional jigs and reel and new songs that are a mix of charming lover songs and some lively almost drinking songs. Whenever I put this on it wins me over. (Neile)

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