Folk Wales

Scotland-based must-hear musicians Rachel Hair and Ron Jappy have created this absolutely wonderful 10-track album of sparkling reels, jigs, polkas and beautiful  melodies from Scotland, Ireland, The Isle of Man and Cape Breton, Canada, called Élan(March Hair Records, MHRCD007). This stunning harper composes a goodly amount of her material, and inspiring guitarist Ron accompanies her ascloseasthis. Ímar bodhran player Adam Brown is featured on three tracks, but it’s Rachel and Ron alone who fill out and develop what is a pretty breathtaking collection. FolkWales verdict: Thumbs up!