The Finlay MacDonald Band
Re-Echo (Greentrax Recordings CDTRAX299, 2007)
The new breed of Scottish groups is known for combining traditional Scottish folk with international and contemporary music elements. The Finlay Macdonald Band is one of such new bands. It is led by bagpiper and flutist Finlay MacDonald. Accompanied by fiddle, a powerful drum set, percussion, bass and guitars, he puts together quite an exciting show.
Latin sounds have infiltrated Scottish music too. First it was Salsa Celtica. Now, The Finlay MacDonald Band plays a suite of four pieces titled Salsa’s. Pipes go tropical.
The international influences continue with "Bulgarian," a traditional piece from the Balkan country. Meanwhile, "Abdoul’s" has a Middle Eastern flavor.
On "Ud the Duduk" Finlay MacDonald plays pipes and whistle, combining Scottish music with Armenian-inspired music.
Things mellow down on "Miss Elliott’s," which features melodic whistle, viola and guitar.
The CD ends with a tribute to Breton music. Brittany is known for its Celtic rock bands and MacDonald’s sound fits perfectly with the Breton taste.
Buy Re-Echo (from the UK).