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Pauline Cato & Tom McConville

Changing Tides was Pauline's second solo release, recorded in 1994. It features Tom as a special guest on four tracks. Now available only on cassette.

Pauline Cato Northumbrian Pipes, keyboards
Tom McConville Fiddle
Pete Charlesworth Bass

1 Go to Berwick Johnny / The High Road to Linton U
2 The Omnibus / Beeswing
3 Gypsies Lullaby / Billy Pigg's Hornpipe
4 Gärdebyläten / Rejnlænder / Trettondagsmarchen
5 The Keel Row & Variations
6 The South Shore / The De'il amang the Tailors
7 Hector the Hero / The Iron Man
8 Willafjord / Miss Mcleods / Sleep Soond in da Mornin
9 Ned of the Hill
10 I'll get Wedded in my Auld Claes / Coffee Bridge
11 The Golden Eagle / Alexander's Hornpipe
12 Roslin Castle / Jump at the Sun
13 The Forth Brigg / The Easy Club Reel U
The Peacock Follows the Hen / Another Peacock Follows the Hen / The Peahen's Revenge!

Review - Changing Tides
The Bagpipe Society Newsletter, January 1995

What can I say? This is yet another fine album from Pauline who is rapidly establishing herself as the foremost Northumbrian smallpiper on the scene today. This is a fine collection of mostly Northumbrian tunes such as Go to Berwick Johnny, based on Tom Clough's manuscript (known as Berwick Billy), and the old favourite The Keel Row which is given some decidedly new twists without losing any of its integrity.

On a number of tracks, Pauline is joined by Newcastle fiddler Tom McConville, such as a set of Scandinavian tunes Gardebylaten, Rejnlaender and Trettondagsmarchen. Tom's fiddle sounds particularly Swedish at times, blending well with the bagpipe drones to give an uncannily Nykelharpa sound. My only moan about this delightful set of tunes (and I can't put my finger on why) was the, for me, awkward way one segued into another; it simply grated - perhaps that is the way they do things in Sweden and Denmark.

There is a good balance of material on this album from a variety of sources. As well as the Geordie and Scandinavian inputs, there's stuff from Scotland, Shetland and Ireland and even a pipes version of John Kirkpatrick's Jump at the Sun. Another first on the Northumbrian pipes (for me, anyway) is The Easy Club Real, a tune normally associated with the Highland pipes.

On some tracks Pauline is joined by bassist Pete Charlesworth and that well known keyboards player, Pauline Cato. Though I'm not a great lover of electronic keyboards in this type of music, I really did like their tastefull use in the Peacock medley where Pauline creates an almost orchestral sound behind her own piping.

If you bought the first album, The Wansbeck Piper, you'll love this one too. If you're new to Pauline's work, or even to Northumbrian pipes in general, you could do far worse than treat yourself to this feast of good music.

Dave VanDoorn