The debut album from young Scottish traditional band Breabach.
Breabach is one of the most talked about new acts on the Scottish folk scene. Their innovative celtic style, blending double bagpipes, whistle, fiddle, song and Scottish step-dance, brings to the stage flair, excitement and diversity rarely seen from such a young group. Winners of Scotland's Danny Kyle Open Stage Award in 2005, and nominated for Best Up and Coming Artist at the Scots Trad Music Awards in 2006; Breabach have gone from strength to strength.
The Big Spree is a swirling collection of stirring tunes and top notch songs, and the powerhouse instrumentals are a testament to youthful exuberance, burgeoning talent and a total joy to listen to. Breabach hurl their tunes at you with such attack that you need to be ready to steel yourself against their onslaught. Band members Donal Brown and Calum MacCrimmon between them play Highland bagpipes, flutes and whistles, Patsy Reid plays fiddle, viola andcello and Ewan Robertson is guitarist and lead vocalist, and what a rich and commanding voice he has. Patsy too has a lovely, listenable voice, evidenced by her fine interpretation of "Lochaber No More". Duncan Lyall and Ewen Vernal guest on double bass on various tracks, adding considerable depth to the music.
"An outstanding first album from a fantastic young band." - The Living Tradition
"This is the first album by the young quartet sporting twin bagpipes upfront of the fiddle, flute, whistle and guitar. Their obvious playing skills, and an essentially Scottish traditional repertoire, make for interesting listening, while piper Calum MacCrimmon (and you can’t have a better surname if you play the big pipes) adds a couple of his own compositions... it’s the high-energy instrumental attack that excites." - Scotland On Sunday
"It’s a beautiful considered album, almost lush in places, but not without excitement." - Rock & Reel