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Folkworld Review

The Outside Track have become a success story on both sides of the Atlantic. Over here in Germany they made it from supporting Altan at the 2011 Irish Folk Festival tour[47] to being headliner in 2013. Album #3 continues where the self-titled debut album[34] and its follow-up “Curious Things Given Wings”[42] broke off: a Pan-Celtic sound drawing on the band members’ origins from Canada, Ireland and Scotland. Norah Rendell (flute), Mairi Rankin (fiddle), Fiona Black (accordion), Ailie Robertson (harp) and Cillian Ó’Dálaigh (guitar) are kicking off with a lively rendition of the Child ballad “False Knight on the Road,” sung by Norah and you can hear clearly why being Vocalist of the Year at the Live Ireland Music Awards 2012. Further songs include the traditional English “Flash Company” (popularized by June Tabor and Norma Waterson), “The Hawk and the Crow”, “The Whitby Maid” and “The Mountain Road” (from Sam Henry’s “Songs of the People”). “Inisvaddy Annie” is a poem about teenage pregnancy from Helen Cruikshank (1886-1975), set to music by Padraigin Ni Uallachain,[47] which I’ve heard sung by Peter McCune.[32] Some instrumental tune sets are thrown in for good measure: Quebecois tunes – according to the group the perfect addition to Cape Breton and Old World styles – mingle with Scottish strathspeys and Irish jigs. Les Tireux d’Roches’[50] Mario Giroux composed the “Reel de La Fesse Crampee,” Eric Favreau the jig “6/8 de Petit Sarny”. “Fishcakes” has been written by Daniel Lapp, followed by the band’s harpist Ailie Robertson’s “Brandy”; the brandy being a tune type which is quite unique to Quebec.