|Thursday 3 January
BEST BAND IN SCOTLAND TO RELEASE NEW CD
Deaf Shepherd, deemed 'quite simply the best
folk band Scotland has produced in many a year' by The Scotsman, are to release
their 3rd CD 'Even in the Rain' on 26 January 2002. The CD showcases the band’s exceptional talent, following on from
previous 5-star successes of their debut CD 'Ae spark o nature's fire'
and the subsequent recording 'Synergy'. The Deaf Shepherd trademarks – exuberance, passion and flair – ooze once
again from the new album. Stand out tracks ‘Millennium Village’ and ‘The Mermaid’s
Sang’ are performed with particular verve, precision and sensitivity.
also sees the band exploring new territory. On the beautiful self-penned song
'Lost for Words at Sea' Deaf Shepherd have teamed up with vocalist Sam Brown
(of 'Stop' and Jools Holland Big Band fame), with magical results. ‘I heard
Deaf Shepherd in the studio, so I asked if I could join in!’ says Sam, ‘It’s
really different for me, and I loved it!’
Deaf Shepherd’s musical confidence has spilled
over to other areas, as they launch their own record label, also known as Deaf
Shepherd. For this special first
release they have the added bonus of a CD-ROM containing live footage of their
performance as well as interviews and photos - a 'must-buy' for any music
The line-up of the band is: John Morran (guitars, vocals), Marianne
Campbell (fiddle, vocals, piano), Clare McLaughlin (fiddle), Malcolm Stitt
(bouzouki, vocals), Rory Campbell (pipes, whistles, vocals) and Mark Maguire
(bodhran, percussion).This is the
first CD that Mark has recorded with the band, and his wonderful contribution
has become an integral part of the band's sound.
Fresh from a glowing performance at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay
Bash, Deaf Shepherd’s next Scottish date is at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections on
26th January, to coincide with the CD release.