The Unfortunate Rakes

The Strayaway Child

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A very studied and authentic collaboration, the Unfortunate Rakes trace Celtic music through the traditional songs of Ireland, the Shetland Islands, Scotland, Brittany, and Canada. Guest vocalist Paddy Roy adds ethereal vocals sung in Scots-Gaelic, as well as a singing style referred to as "mouth music," a style of nonsense syllables used in the dance tune "A Sheana-Bhean/Calum Crubach/Am Muileann Dubh." A pair of cheery hornpipes, "Off to California/The Peacock's Feather," and two Shetland Island fiddle tunes, "Da New-Rigged Ship/Da Full-Rigged Ship," are fine testament to the accomplished musicianship of Chas Fowler, Bruce Wilken, and Michael DeLalla on uilleann pipes, Scottish pipes, smallpipes, bodhran, banjo, penny whistles, and guitar. Overall, a listening experience that is both transcendent and mystical.