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THE IRON HORSE "Demons & Lovers"
[MMR CD 1017]

THE IRON HORSE \"Demons & Lovers\"
The Iron Horse are a Scottish electric folk band and this is their fifth album. About half the album comprises songs sung by Annie Grace in a fairly soft, atmospheric style similar to Karen Matheson or Loreena McKennitt. The majority of songs are traditional ones, though often given new (but suitable) tunes. The folk selections are traditional ("The Demon Lover" and "Auchindoon," for example), but their versions are original and entertaining. The few composed songs fit in nicely with the ones by trad arr. Where the band really comes to life, however, is with their instrumentals. Their tune sets, driven by Gavin Marwick's insistent fiddle, are really entertaining. The band plays fast, but it's not just playing fast to show off, but to cheer and regale their audience. The rest of Iron Horse pitches in to make a great experience; the fiddle/drums interaction on "Faith Healer," for example, is stunning. A subtle use of electronics adds a bit more flavour to the mix.
Winthrop Dahl

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