Singer-guitarist Paul Mckenna’s young band has been playing around the folk club and festival scene over the past three years, and this debut CD confirms their promise as well as showcasing their smart image.

Mckenna sings traditional and original songs in a wistful, quavering voice, lending urgency to narrative adventures such as The Jolly Beggar and Carnlough Bay and tenderness to Burns’s the Lea Rig. It’s very much a collective effort, though, with flute, fiddle (courtesy of newly crowned Young Scottish Traditional Musician of the Year 2009, Ruairidh Macmillan) and rythm arrangements bringing well-channelled energy to songs and instrumental sets alike.

Rob Adams

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