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AMELIA JOCELYN - Bonnie Songs From The West Of Scotland

AMELIA JOCELYN - Bonnie Songs From The West Of Scotland
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Amelia Jocelyn is a young voice who, I am sure, is new to the wider folk scene and should be encouraged and supported for her future endeavours. She has a great tone in her burgeoning voice and an interesting, overall soft quality to her vocals. I should imagine in her local community she is a great favourite and from a young age she has always been encouraged to sing for the benefit of all. As she develops her singing capability and bellows power, the minor issues concerning breathing and approaching the note from above rather than sliding up to it, will be remedied.

There are nine, well produced tracks on her CD, Bonnie Songs From The West Of Scotland, which in many ways does what it says on the tin. There are many well know standards on the CD, including Bonnie Banks O’ Loch Lomond, Ye Banks And Braes, The Song O’ The Clyde and My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose. Created with the minimum of instruments, there are two instrumental tracks on the album performed with great empathy to the music. The first of these, The Arran Boat Song, has a great sense of slow pathos from a perspective of being ‘one’ with the isles and inlets of Western Scotland. The music is greatly enhanced by the faultless flute playing of Fiona Kalin, ably supported by Amelia on synth strings and Mark Spragg on guitar and accordion. Wild Mountainside by John Douglas, is essentially a two-verse poem set to music that would certainly appeal to those of us with an affinity to where we come from.

Whilst not ground breaking, this is a satisfying CD that will be the first of many as Amelia’s voice matures and she finds her niche.

John Oke Bartlett

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This album was reviewed in Issue 123 of The Living Tradition magazine.