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Thursday 3 January


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.

This recording 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 lover.

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.