"Leverage alludes to the power that every artist has; to have their voice heard amongst the crowd. Formed within beauty or mystique an artist can tell a story or air a view. We take inspiration from Burns’ socialist words in “A Man’s a man for a’ That”, a tough message to deliver, but here, Burns is far from crude." The Duplets
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|Artist Profile & Discography|
1. A Man’s A Man For A’ That
(R. Burns, F. Thomsen)
2. Irish Set – Jig C (Trad.), Aaron’s Quay (P. Roche), Colonel Fraser’s (Trad.)
3. Surtsey (F. Thomsen)
4. The Banks of Ness (Trad), Euro Jig (F. Thomsen)
5. Paris (G. Fleetwood)
6. The Quiet Man (J. Sutherland), Chuir l Gluin air a Bhodaich (Trad.), The Dublin Porter (Trad.)
7. Garry’s Porch’s (F. Thomsen)
8. A Game for Two to Play (A. Thorburn)
9. Jenny Nettles (Trad.), Jock MacKay’s (Trad.), Jenny Nettles (Trad.)
10. Granny’s Parting Gift (F. Thomsen)
11. Morning Bells (K. Reid)
12. Old Harp, New Harp: Mo Dhormhrullian Fhein (Trad.), Oran Arasaig (Trad.), Mo Clarsach Trom Ur (F. Thomsen), The Dipper (G. Fleetwood)
In “Leverage” we have a clear focus on our duo harps and voices as a contrast to our debut album, “Tree of Strings”. Further honing our skills in composing and arranging for The Duplets has cemented our ability to build depth, versatility and variation into our music, which we have chosen to frame using simple and honest production.
Leverage alludes to the power that every artist has; to have their voice heard amongst the crowd. Formed within beauty or mystique an artist can tell a story or air a view. We take inspiration from Burns’ socialist words in “A Man’s a man for a’ That”, a tough message to deliver, but here, Burns is far from crude.
The auspicious opportunity to record on two harps that were built in Glasgow in the early 1900s arose just in time for the recording of Leverage. We are delighted to have encapsulated this unique sonority on the last track of our album and hope that Briggs would have been proud of how his harps sound almost 100 years after he built them.
We hope that our joyous approach to duo working is evident in the twists and turns of melody old and new, and that the addition of new repertoire to an already rich culture is a reflection of the depth of heritage and desire for growth and development that we inherit as Scottish traditional musicians.
Thanks to our collaborators who helped us to make this album.
Mattie Foulds – Production/Engineering
Stuart Hamilton – Mastering
Jessica Ashman – Design
Louise Bichan – Photography
Andy Thorburn and Kenny Reid – Musical Contributors
|Instruments:||Two Harps, Voice & backing|
|Genre:||Contemporary / Celtic|
|Label:||Pond Chicken Music|