Now playing: Midnight Rain (Rock Salt and Nails)

This latest CD from the Shetland outfit was actually released in 2003, but Julie only bought it for me this weekend :)  Hard to believe it's nine years since I first heard heard them playing at the Cambridge Folk Festival-- I'd never heard of them then, and my mate Paul whose tent I was sharing had been reluctant to go and see their session, expecting them from the programme description to be playing 'rumpty tumpty music'.  As it turned out, we liked them so much that we went to see their second session next day (and got them to sign a copy of their CD for Paul's future wife).

Back to Midnight Rain, and I wasn't surprised to see their usual per-album change of personnel and record company-- they now seem to be rather uneasy bedfellows with hardcore sixties Aran sweatsters Steeleye Span, Pentangle and Lindisfarne-- but I was pleased to see Calum Malcolm back at the mixing desk.  This offering is a bit more soulful and less manic than their previous outings, but still manages to mix new songs, cover versions and traditional instrumentals to produce a take on celtic fusion that's recognisably their own.  I'd have liked to hear more of Paul Johnston's guitar though; he's a great acoustic soloist, but there are only a couple of short flashes to be heard in this selection.

For a (not overly representative) flavour of the band and their music, check out this short video.

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