Pauline and Tom's first
album together was released in 1996. By Land and Sea contains a mixture
of songs and tunes and features superb guitarist / producer, Chris
||Guitars, mandolin, bass, keyboards
||The New High Level / Mr Kennedy North / La Grande
||The Death of Blind Willie / Billy Johnson's
||The Acrobat / Frenchie's Reel / Errol Mitten's
||Border Spirit / The Left Handed Fiddler / The
Right Handed Piper
||The Duke of Fife's Welcome to Deeside / Escape
from Bodmin Jail / Jean's Reel
||The Locomotive / The Hawk / The Quayside
||Herr Roloff's Farewell
||Here's the Tender Coming / The Hawk Polka
|Review - By Land and
Folk on Tap, Mar 97
Tom McConville has long been
acknowledged as one of the leading fiddlers of the British Isles, combining
stunning technique with warm tone and great expressiveness. In recent years he
has performed regularly with Pauline Cato, one of the greatest exponents of the
Northumbrian Smallpipes. "By Land and Sea" is their first duo album, and what a
gem it is!
The combination of pipes and fiddle produces a full, mellow
sound, showcased to great effect here by a selection of first-rate tunes from
Northumbria and beyond (mainly Scotland and Canada).
That Tom is also
a fine singer is underlined by the four vocal tracks, all excellently sung,
with the standout for me being the sensitive reading of Richard Thompson's
"Beeswing". Add to the above, sympathetic guitar accompaniment by the wonderful
Chris Newman and you have an album of fine music, expertly played by musicians
who sound as if they are really enjoying themsleves. Highly recommended.
| Review - By Land and
Musician, March 1997
The traditional music of the
North East of England has clear and distinctive characterisitcs. Pauline Cato
(Northumbrian Pipes) and Tom McConville (fiddle) are both outstanding exponents
of the style of playing appropriate to that music.
The material on this
album is mainly instrumental, and is drawn largely from Northumberland and
Durham, with occasional foreys further afield to Scotland, Canada and the USA.
We are also given four songs, one of them by one of today's greatest
songwriters, Richard Thompson.
pipes are essentially an indoor instrument, giving a delicate mellowness that
is not always associated with pipe music. Here, the combination of pipes and
fiddle works very well, giving the music a flavour almost of chamber music. The
instrumentals are at their most effective when the fiddle breaks into counter
melody. The drive of the dance rhythms, particularly the reels, is well
complimented by occasional guitar and piano.