Thanks to Rob Adams for this review of Widdershins in The Herald.
“An album full of contrasts…Widdershins makes a great case for seeing Summers and Silvola in concert.”
Album review: Sarah-Jane Summers & Juhani Silvola, Widdershins (Dell Daisy)
2 Dec 2016 / Rob Adams, Folk & Jazz critic
Sarah-Jane Summers & Juhani Silvola
Widdershins, Dell Daisy
THE Scottish-Scandinavian alliance continues with this Norway-based fiddle and guitar partnership’s second album.
As with another of the teams with connections from this side of the North Sea, the Nordic Fiddlers Bloc, Inverness-born fiddler Sarah-Jane Summers and Finnish guitarist Juhani Silvola pay due respect to their native traditions but are imaginative in their arrangements and pretty fearless in taking the music out into the margins.
Summers’ rugged title track borrows a word she learned from her grandfather but it’s unlikely that her esteemed fiddle teacher, the late Donald Riddell, is responsible the wild, atmospheric and exciting bowing style she brings to its more adventurous developments.
Silvola’s playing ranges from dainty and nimble to swashbuckling as the pair show a superb musical understanding and an easy interchange between melodist and accompanist roles.
An album full of contrasts – as illustrated by the delicately picked and pizz’ed Silver Spring Reel and the robust, characterful strathspey Donald Morison – Widdershins makes a great case for seeing Summers and Silvola in concert.