brilliant box-player from Seelyhoo & Burach, Sandy's playing
is dynamite - a very modern approach, but very musical too!
The album includes many of Sandy's own stunning compositions.'
"Sandy Brechin is rapidly becoming one of Scotland's
major league accordionists in his own right. Colin MacFarlane
(guitar, mandolin, lapsteel) and Seelyhoo persons Walker and
Jones fill in the sound, and together make for a fascinating
and entertaining album. Highly recommended."
Bob Walton, Folk Roots
'My initial reaction? Phil Cunningham on stimulants. Maybe
that should be "more stimulants" ...
Judging from the sleeve notes, Sandy Brechin leads an interesting
life of digestive overload, vertigo, wild women, and the occasional
wee drinkie. This is probably what turned him into the beast
on the front cover, but two of the side-effects seem to be
a brain exploding with great tunes and an uncanny control
of his fingers.
The music is certainly intoxicating, but although Sandy Brechin
may be guilty of playing the accordion "while under the
influence" he certainly can't be accused of doing it
"without due care and attention". Every note is
spot on, and there is a degree of control (a word which keeps
coming up) in the music which is all too rare in folk accordion
players: no racing away with a tune, and nothing so fast that
the music gets blurred. Sandy's fingers may be a blur at times,
but the notes are always crisp and clear.
I like this album a lot, all fifty-odd minutes of it. If you
want a quick dip, try "The Bassplayer's Set", "The
Jazz Waltz", "A Strathspey and Two Reels",
and "The Drinks Set".
Monaghan, The Living Tradition