The Lasses Trust In Providence CD comes in a plastic-free cardboard case with an accompanying 20-page booklet. Stunning Shetland landscape photography forms the backdrop to written stories behind all thirteen tracks, and a glossary of over 300 Shetland words helps with lyric translation.
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What a fun CD cover; reminds me of John Hassall's 1926 poster, 'Skegness Is So Bracing'. The music from Claire (fiddle) and Robbie (guitar) however, is not so much bracing as insightful, sensitively written, played and recorded, most of it self-penned.
Claire says she learned much of her warm and bright playing from Tom Anderson, whilst Robbie, with roots in the northernmost isles, also learned the fiddle and his accompanying style shows he understands this instrument. Claire says that the songs are written in the main to emphasise the 'she' in Shetland. She pays particular tribute to a gifted artisan, Peanuts, who emanates positivity and creativity whilst living with cancer. Da Hennie, another song, celebrates the togetherness of a Shetland women's group, whereas Da Fateful Tale O' Marion Pardone recounts the execution of a local woman, branded a witch, in 1644. If you know about the Shetland Bus (almost a saga in itself) then Hands Across The Hills will ring a thoughtful note about local heroes supporting free Norway in WW2. I particularly warmed to the traditional Minnie O Shirva's Cradle Song and Da Delting Spinning Sang.
I must not forget Robbie's contributions. His Quarff Lodge Newlyweds tune is a lively token of support for Claire and husband, Michael's wedding, and his Eclipse Waltz a tribute to his dad: lovely tunes.
Altogether a very pleasing CD; a project if you like and worth repeated listenings. A fulsome glossary will help those who haven't visited Shetland, to ken the dialect.
C.John Edwards, The Living Tradition
Many moons ago, Blyde Lassies (fiddler Claire White and concertina player Frances Wilkins) travelled down from Shetland and really captivated the Llantrisant Folk Club audience; Lerwick-born Claire, accompanied by guitarist Robbie Leask, has recorded an absolutely delightful album of written and traditional songs and tunes emphasising the Shetland female viewpoint and called Lasses Trust In Providence (QUARFF101) and enhanced by some elegant bowing. She skilfully weaves ‘Da Fateful Tale O Marion Pardone’, ‘Da Hennie’ and ‘Betty Mouat’s Sang’, and there’s even a Shetland dialect glossary for good measure.
Mick Teas, FolkWales Magazine
I really love this CD as it unearths old - maybe even forgotten?- stories of mostly women from Shetland. 'Lasses Trust in Providence' contains poetry, tradition, and fresh interpretation. It cherishes our roots in history and past stories but celebrates the life of 'now' just as much. Beautiful interplay between fiddle, singing, and guitar.
Geraldine T, Amazon.co.uk