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  • Sunday Herald Review/Comment by Rob Adams - Treacherous Orchestra
    Glasgow s traditional music session scene who have forged a reputation for exuberant live performances where sitting still is not an option That exuberance comes across on this debut album There s a joyful swagger to tracks such as the tightly executed crisply punctuated Superfly with its mixture of fleet fingered traditional tune playing and big grooving heft As a band they re not afraid to acknowledge influences strains of Wolfstone Shooglenifty and various prog rock bands filter through the Scottish Irish and Eastern European traditions The playing is faultless and the ensemble dynamics with occasionally added swelling strings are impressive but there s a tendency to over milk themes that might add dramatic insistence on gigs but here can feel more like being badgered by a relentless sales executive Rob Adams Sunday Herald 26 February 2012 Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Related Tour Dates 15 04 16 Bangor at Theatr Bryn Terfel Pontio Buy Tickets 16 04 16 London at The Jazz Cafe Buy Tickets 18 04 16 Bury St Edmunds at The Apex Buy

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  • The Skinny 'Origins' Review - Treacherous Orchestra
    the exploration of how they can be crossed with other musical forms In Origins Treacherous Orchestra have done just this flamboyantly foraging through various genres with bagpipe and fiddle always at the fore announcing themselves as the ultimate eleven piece pan Scottish outfit How all the other eleven piece pan Scottish outfits feel about this is hard to say but it s a claim they ve certainly backed up with an impressive debut album Solely instrumental the group take pride in their electivity and for good reason the analogue synths of Sea of Clouds sit in stark contrast to the funky hooks of Look East but this level of foray occasionally breaks the flow from track to track The boldness doesn t go unrewarded however as between these inconsistencies are some moments of real innovation and ardency Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Related Tour Dates 15 04 16 Bangor at Theatr Bryn Terfel Pontio Buy Tickets 16 04 16 London at The Jazz Cafe Buy Tickets 18 04 16 Bury St Edmunds at The Apex Buy

    Original URL path: http://www.treacherousorchestra.com/the-skinny-origins-review/ (2016-02-09)
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  • The Guardian **** Review - Treacherous Orchestra
    seems to play in a variety of very different bands Treacherous Orchestra are a brave and at times very loud 11 piece folk big band with members who also work with the likes of Salsa Celtica It s a largely acoustic lineup that includes two pipers two fiddlers two percussionists drum kit and bodhrán along with accordion banjo acoustic and sometimes electric guitar They are influenced by rock as well as traditional Celtic styles and the opening March of the Troutsmen sounds like an acoustic heavy mental anthem that segues into a fiddle and pipe tune Elsewhere in this all instrumental set they switch from riffs to a reggae stomp or to the grand and lyrical Celtic melody of Easter Island driven on by pipes and whistles I suspect they sound even better live Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Related Tour Dates 15 04 16 Bangor at Theatr Bryn Terfel Pontio Buy Tickets 16 04 16 London at The Jazz Cafe Buy Tickets 18 04 16 Bury St Edmunds at The Apex Buy Tickets 19 04

    Original URL path: http://www.treacherousorchestra.com/the-guardian-review/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Scotland on Sunday 'Origins' Preview - Treacherous Orchestra
    years of experience playing with luminaries from Béla Fleck to Stevie Wonder and bright young folk things including Kate Rusby Julie Fowlis and Roddy Woomble Having learned their craft performing other people s music there was a hunger to create something of their own Gradually a solid group formed out of playing together in various configurations over the years whether in bands or at sessions in pubs and at parties aroundGlasgow I enjoy playing with lots of people but there was something about getting together with these guys that was special a different vibe and energy says Hutton With the foundations of the group already laid at these informal sessions they made their union official at the invitation of Celtic Connections director Donald Shaw and have since become an annual fixture at the festival I think it s important to stress that it s not a collaboration says accordionist John Somerville It s a band Like any orchestra there are different sections consisting of a number of musical double acts two pipers two fiddlers two flute players initially two guitarists drums and bodhran and what Somerville likes to call the instruments of hell section featuring himself and banjo player Éamonn Coyne Having set sail in their musical Noah sArk their next challenge was how to tame the menagerie We started off thinking everything had to be fully democratic and we had to vote on everything says double bassist Duncan Lyall Then we realised the beast that it was With everyone juggling other musical commitments whether touring or teaching it can take some time to get the full orchestral complement in the same room at the same time Photo sessions are a major challenge apparently Certain members have now fallen into administrative roles but musically it remains an even playing field with allcomers invited to contribute melodies and ideas for arrangements It can take a bit of time because you ve got maybe five ten ideas to try out and you ve got to try them otherwise you re not giving everyone their fair say says Lyall You might think that s not going to work but when you play it you like it We re all still a bit wary of putting our tunes on the table says Hutton You re baring your soul and sometimes people can have such a strong vision of where they think it should go We do over egg it sometimes and you usually find that s the set that doesn t always make it out because we ve found that there s been too much in it We want a powerful sound says Lyall but we do have to be aware that musically you need space to breathe in a set That dynamic balance has already been struck at their gigs with lovely lyrical lulls between the incendiary salvos but how do you capture that live lightning on a recording without sacrificing the subtlety of the arrangements That question will be answered next month

    Original URL path: http://www.treacherousorchestra.com/scotland-on-sunday-origins-preview/ (2016-02-09)
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  • FATEA Magazine Review - Treacherous Orchestra
    about ready to do battle with the X Box generation The brooding power chords drone and fiddle melody of March Of The Troutsmen makes you rock with it s pumping crescendo leading you into the pipes driven Sheepskins Beeswax Taybank Shenanigans Superfly Unfortunately I wonder if it was a wise choice of segue between the minor major key change on the first and second tune in the set which proves a little too much of a shock for lesser souls like me but then again you can t put a good tune down and after all it s only a matter of taste With a Glasgow Kiss musically speaking that would make anyone with a Scottish heritage proud the band features amongst others the pipes of Ross Ainslie and Eamonn Coyne s banjo and credentials that would make other groups green with envy Rather like an all instrumental Scottish eleven piece version of Bellowhead I m sure the orchestra are as flamboyant as their name suggests and I for one can t wait to see them performing live Pete Fyfe FATEA MAGAZINE Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in

    Original URL path: http://www.treacherousorchestra.com/fatea-magazine-review/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Oban Times gig review - Treacherous Orchestra
    January and February 2 100 artists from around the globe were assembled in Glasgow to make the greatest winter music festival in the world another piece of magic The highlights of the 2012 festival included a poignant tribute to Gerry Rafferty which will still be here on the Beeb s iplayer if you re quick a celebration of the centenary of Woody Guthrie a spectacular collaboration between Jack Bruce and Lau as well as performances by Bruce Hornsby The Average White Band and Hue Cry James Vincent McMorrow and Treacherous Orchestra We were lucky enough to choose the Treacherous Orchestra last night Saturday 4th February and were treated to a brand of very unique grooves indeed The band comprised five fiddlers three flautists who became two pipers two guitarists a bodhranist is that a word a drummer a double bassist as well as banjo and accordion to complete the ensemble The strobe lighting that opened the show was excessive and incredible to behold That was a warning of the audio and light storm that was to come but it was fantastic The Treacherous Orchestra has been encouraged by Celtic Connections since the bands inception 4 years ago This year the festival was rewarded by its impetuous offspring finally producing a CD for us all to enjoy We have been very patient Patience has been a great virtue Soaring tunes and belting rhythms brought to mind some great images and evoked the sounds of Pink Floyd and Fergie MacDonald at different times The sell out crowd came warm and got hot waving fluorescent lights at times and up for the challenge from accordionist John Somerville to Jump The band sorry Orchestra led the way and the ABC jumped continues Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click

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  • folkwales review - Treacherous Orchestra
    rhythm and composition that no one else can claim to possess His passing away in 2005 left the legacy of his music and his influence will never be forgotten Ross and Ali have brought together ed don t mind that bit we have left it in because they like it eight Scottish musicians on fiddle flute bodhran accordion and double bass plus crashing drums razor sharp electric guitar and Éamonn Coyne from the West of Ireland on banjo and tenor guitar The basis of the Orchestra was clear cut a glorious bubbling cauldron of raw Scottish music enhanced by the Orchestra s players composers and given a massive shot in the arm Origins does just that and sticks a big rude tongue out at anyone who mistakenly thinks that folk music from these islands is dying on its feet The Orchestra keeps the audience on their toes and wondering which instrument is going to hit next from March Of The Troutmen by their fiddler Adam Sutherland to the piping fury of the traditional Sheepskins Beeswax Ross s written Taybank Shenanigans and the wonderful Sea Of Okhotsk Sutherland again Whistle pipes accordion flute and a few choice instruments flow over each other in the simply beautiful Ross composition Easter Island Percussionist Fraser Stone bass player Duncan Lyall and guitarist Barry Reid are a pulsating wall of sound leaving Kevin O Neill s flute Éamonn s banjo and Innes Watson s fiddle to dance around the meat of the tune very very tasty indeed The orchestra climaxes with the 13 minute showstopper Sausages the 10 musicians flooring pedal to the metal in a glorious melange of wild roaring fist waving original Scottish music I love it to bits Mick Tems Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click

    Original URL path: http://www.treacherousorchestra.com/folkwales-review/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Bright Young Folk Review - Treacherous Orchestra
    sound is complex featuring pipes fiddles banjo accordion bodhran drums pipes whistles and electric guitar The individual tracks have an appropriately orchestral feel and as such are quite a bit longer than the typical folk song or instrumental reaching 15 minutes on the excellent Sausages The tone varies widely ranging from energetic dance tunes to melodic and gentle instrumentals Easter Island and Sea of Clouds are beautiful dreamy melodic pieces conjuring images both of sun kissed Pacific shores but also of the Scottish Isles March of the Troutsmen has a heavy rock sound with an ominous opening and overtones of Metallica Look East is a stark contrast being an upbeat number blending fiddles with Jazz sensibilities resulting in a toe tapping irresistible and ever so slightly manic dance track Similarly exciting is Superfly although in contrast this tune is driven by fast energetic pipes The energy builds into a wild swirling maelstrom of bagpipes Origins is something quite special with a flamboyant and energy filled radical orchestral sound Mike Hough March 2012 Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new

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