- John's Got School Tomorrow/The North Sea Chinaman/The Bus ...
- Bridge of Don
- Mrs. Meddle's March Strathspey, and Surreal
- Montropolis/Jig for Nina/The Green Pastures
- Eddy Kelly's
- Jim's Jig/The Snuff Wife/Eileen MacDonald
- Spare Parts
- Miss Laura Thoumire
- Bob McQuillan's Reel/Major Mole
- Martin Wynne's No. 1/John McCusker's/Woof Vicky Woof
March, Strathspey, & Surrealby Simon Thoumire Three
The Simon Thoumire Three take a rather unique approach to modern Celtic music. The trio consists of Thoumire, a virtuoso concertina player, guitarist Kevin MacKenzie, and string bass player Simon Thorpe, and this unconventional instrumentation leads the group in all kinds of interesting directions, from '30s-vintage hot jazz to sinewy chromatic experimentation. They don't experiment much with texture or production -- apart from the occasional distorted guitar, the band's sound remains spare and unadorned throughout most of the album, the focus staying squarely on Thoumire's fleet-fingered concertina playing. The tunes themselves are what give the music its uniqueness; the trio alternates traditional jigs and reels like "The Snuff Wife" and "Bridge of Don" with such quirky originals as "John's Got School Tomorrow" and "Gloomy-Go-Round/Merry-Go-Round." Thoumire's original compositions start off sounding kind of folky, but he has a jazzman's sensibility and uses the tunes as springboards to something much more melodically twisted. This is a disc that rewards repeated listening.
- Release Date:
- Green Linnet
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