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"An impressive, melodic and confident new work...The folk world is getting bolder!” ****—The Guardian
“Under One Sky could serve as a primer for anyone wanting to get an inkling as to what makes the contemporary folk scene as exciting as it is.” —BBC Music
One of Scotland’s most accomplished and versatile musicians of any genre, John McCusker is a multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer who has worked with artists as diverse as Mark Knopfler, Paul Weller and Patti Smith, Teenage Fanclub, Billy Connolly and Kate Rusby.
UNDER ONE SKY brings together an array of established and emerging talent from across the UK, including Blur co-founder Graham Coxon, Idlewild vocalist Roddy Woomble and acclaimed Gaelic songstress Julie Fowlis. Revered balladeer John Tams and rising star Jim Causley also feature among the singers. McCusker himself heads an all-star instrumental line-up of Andy Cutting (accordion), Ian Carr (guitar), Emma Reid (fiddle), Iain MacDonald (bagpipes/whistles/flute), Ewen Vernal (bass) and James Mackintosh (percussion). Within McCusker’s compositional framework, each musician has plenty of room to showcase their individual voices as well as the power of their collective collaboration. McCusker explains, “Every musician strives to keep doing exciting things, musically, and to play with great people to keep them inspired. Getting to collaborate with these musicians has been the highlight of my musical career so far!”
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