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TIDE LINES - Dreams We Never Lost

TIDE LINES - Dreams We Never Lost
Private Label TLM01CD

Tide Lines is a young four piece band from the Highlands of Scotland whose music is rooted in that area. Dreams We Never Lost, the band’s debut CD, is a mix of traditional Gaelic song and new material from the pen of singer Robert Robertson, with a couple of tunes thrown in for good measure. As well as singing, Robert also plays guitar and accordion, with Fergus Munro on drums and Ross Wilson on lots of things with keyboards. The band is completed by Alasdair Turner on various instruments including a variety of pipes.

On first hearing, the music has echoes of the great Runrig, which is praise enough in my eyes. Robert’s vocals are strong throughout, but especially so on Since I Left This Town, with a lot of his songs following this theme of ‘what it’s like to be young’. The two pipe tunes get the feet tapping, but in my opinion they have saved the best till last with Walking On The Waves and the title track finishing the album off in fine style. The former features some excellent sax playing from guest Anthony Thistlethwaite, and a really catchy chorus, whilst the final track, featuring the cello of Màrtainn Skene, seems to sum up what the whole album has been about.

Specially created artwork by Daisy Williams reflects the themes of the music and makes a physical copy worth having, as opposed to a download. Tide Lines has produced a promising and enjoyable first album which should sell well if backed up with live performances.

Dave Beeby

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This album was reviewed in Issue 120 of The Living Tradition magazine.