Scotsman Review

AILIE Robertson’s debut CD confirms the major promise that the Edinburgh harpist has shown in the course of picking up an armload of prizes at successive National Mods. If that implies a strictly traditional approach, then think again.

The harpist is pushing the instrument in fresh and contemporary-sounding musical directions, and the band setting that she adopts here – with James Ross on piano, Ewan Robertson on guitar, Duncan Lyall on bass and Paul Jennings on percussion – is a very effective complement to her own virtuoso technique and expressive interpretations in the role of lead instrumentalist.

Her lovely, evocative execution of slow airs is particularly impressive, but she is equally intent on underlining the fact that the harp is also an appropriate vehicle for flying jigs, reels and polkas, all dispatched in vibrant, sure-fingered style.