Fflach Tradd ~ CD212H
"Traditional accordion and concertina music from Wales and the Marches"
Musicians & tracks:
John Morgan ~ tracks 1, 8 & 14
Guto Dafis ~ tracks 2, 5, 7 & 9
Nick Passmore ~ track 3 & 6
John Kirkpatrick ~ tracks 4 & 13
Mick Tems & Pat Smith ~ tracks 5 & 12
Boz Boswell & Nick Passmore ~ track 6
Meg Browning and Neil Browning ~ track 11
The Living Tradition Review:
" ~ Apart from the instruments my only familiarity with Megin is that John Kirkpatrick is one of the featured musicians - and that should give you an idea of the musicianship to expect. The music is wonderfully varied and is, to quote the notes, "ancient and modern at the same time" - intricate and stylish. Wonderful stuff. ~ " ~ Danny Saunders
Megin - Welsh and Anglo-Welsh Border music on free reed instruments.
For me, the mordant and brooding air Morfa’r Frenhines absolutely stands out on this album (played by Nick Passmore, whom I know to be a superlative melodeon player - tho’ I’m not sure what he’s playing here).
For the rest, it’s high-quality squeezebox-playing of tunes that make a pleasant, happy sound but don’t (for me) individually stick out very much. An awful lot of English trad tunes are like this; maybe a lot of Welsh ones are as well. (This album takes in Welsh tunes and also tunes from the Anglo-Welsh border.)