BBC Music Mag World Choice - Éamonn Coyne
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BBC Music Mag World Choice

Storymap was reviewed in the Sept issue of the BBC Music Magazine by Jon Lusk and it received the World Choice CD Award garnering a full five stars.

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COYNE DREVER

Storymap
Reveal 014 CDX 44:38 mins

Irish banjo player/tenor guitarist
Éamonn Coyne and Scottish singer/
guitarist/mandolin player Kris
Drever are here accompanied by
a full acoustic band, drawing on
the cream of Britain’s burgeoning
folk scene. Megan Henderson
is on fiddle and harmonium,
and there’s also some delightful,
shimmering accordion by Eddie
Reader’s squeezebox specialist Alan
Kelly. Double bassist Nico Bruce,
drummer Callum McIntyre and
bodhrán (Irish frame drum) player
Eamonn Nugent, and Drever
on strum make up the rhythm
section, choogling along like a
flowing brook from Ceapaval in the
infectious opening brace of reels.

Aside from the fresh, live-in-the-
studio feel of these recordings,
there’s a wide range of moods and
styles. They seem most at home on
the more upbeat material, including
‘Marches and Reels’ and closing
with ‘Teddy Bears’ Picnic Jigs’. But
there are also some gorgeous, more
reflective moments such as the
plangent, hypnotic tall-guitar tune
set ‘Pot Luck’, which will burrow
its way into your internal playlist
from first spin. In three fine songs
Drever’s exquisitely quavering
tenor phrases reach new heights of
delicacy and control. Traditional
and original material are all stitched
together seamlessly, and sequenced
with such flair that it really does
sound like a story.

*****

BBC Music Mag Sept 2013 review

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