The Living Tradition
Chris MacKenzie (Issue 16, May/June 1996 )
"Deaf Shepherds excellent debut
.(they)have got one of the most energetic
Jim Lee( August/September 1996)
"Gies a Drink the opening track on Deaf Shepherds first release, should
leave no doubt in anyones mind that these people can play. But theres more to
Deaf Shepherd than fast playing. This is a band that realises that the melody is
just as important and most of the instrumentals never lose sight of this.
Theyre not afraid to let a tune play itself out, to give it space to bring out
its full sound
a shining debut of compelling tunes and excellent playing."
(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 Ministers 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. "
The Living Tradition
Chris MacKenzie (Issue 17, July/August 1996)
"Big pipes, little pipes, whistles or fiddle it doesnt matter which
instrument this young Scottish band choose to lead with, the result is as lively
as a nudist camp full of midges (Skye midges at that). This is no one paced CD
though, as with all good bands Deaf Shepherd can slow things right down when
needed which gives the CD a rounded, complete feel. Full marks
for producing a
lively and entertaining CD which is a delight to listen to"
Pete Fyffe (1996)
"Take no prisoners - here come Deaf Shepherd. The opening chord on accordion
is so reminiscent of those ceilidh introductions that by the time youve
overcome the shock of the warpipes in full flow, youre carried along by the
sheer enthusiasm...Great "
Folk On Tap
.a five piece group with a traditional sound
which very effectively vary
the texture and colour of the music throughout this recording. Ae Spark o
Natues Fire is a fine debut album
They certainly have the spark of something
about them and the ensuing fire looks like spreading pretty damn quick in all
KR (Vol. 41#2, 1996)
"Most of this album consists of instrumental medleys, but there are also
several songs featuring tight vocal harmonies - the acappella passages of Logan
Braes are outstanding
..this album is highly recommended."