| Mojo Magazine - "Something stirs in that strange beast folk rock. Storming out of Scotland, Deaf
Shepherd, all bagpipey rock 'n' reel are gobbling up bookings at this year's
Alastair Clark (5th December 1997) - BEST OF
THE WEEK ***** - "Bravely swimming against the powerful crossover
tide, and avoiding those tempting rock-pools on the way, this young
band deliver a magnificent blast of fresh, invigorating Scottish
music, with Rory Campbell’s brilliant, unbridled Highland bagpipes
leading the charge... The ensembles are a glorious blaze of sound,
the sheer swing and vigour of the Highland pipes propelling the band
along on bare, string-driven rhythm patterns. Campbell switches to
breathy whistle on some tracks, and still the itching, propulsive
surge is there. Amazing... "
| John O’Regan (Broadcaster and Freelance Journalist, Ireland) 1996 -
"Deaf Shepherd are one of the hottest new bands out of Scotland. They combine the
hell for leather attack of the Tannahill Weavers crossed with the Bothy Band. Sets like
“Gies a Drink” and “The Minister’s Set” provide their ace cards
in abundance; a fiery fiddle and pipes front line is given sterling support by guitar,
bouzouki and bodhran. Vocally the contrast is made with quieter songs such as “Peggy
Gordon”, “Logan Braes” and the gorgeous “Lost for Words at Sea”.
Fiery, committed and brimming with energy, Deaf Shepherd lead the way for the new Scots
roots bands to follow. Superb. "