Waiting For The Wickerman by Clan Terra                                                                        BACK
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Clan Terra is a Celtic based acoustic roots group from Calgary, Alberta, Canada comprised of fiddles, accordion, percussion, double bass, guitars and vocals. The band combines original compositions with a mix of world beat music to create their own blend of traditional and contemporary tunes. Their high energy yet intimate show captures the crowd, drawing them into Clan Terra's own musical world. 

Clan Terra Are:

Chris Daniels: Guitar, Bodhran
Barbara Rose: Fiddle, Vocals, Whistle
Joe Hertz: Fiddle, Mandolin
Gregor Lowrey: Accordion
Kodi Hutchinson: Double Bass, Vocals
Duncan McDonald: Guitar, Lead Vocals

With guest musicians

Matt Woodward: Fiddle
Rob Vulic: Drums
Robin Tufts: Percussion

Track Listing:

1. Ice On The Rocks8. The Cauldron
2. Wave To The Day9. Mindful Of Grey
3. Wickerman10 Dinky's Music
4. Reel Beatrice11. Zingarella
5. Miss Rowan Davis12. Scavenger
6. Lazy Nights 13. The Jumping Crane 
7. Zeppelin 14. More Of You

This review is from  Green Man Review.    

Clan Terra was formed in Calgary, Alberta in 1998. They call themselves a "world beats roots music group". On this, their debut album, they boast six men and one woman. They mix traditional tunes with their own compositions: everyone in the group has helped with writing tunes or songs for the album, and music by people like Phil Cunningham (his "Miss Rowan Davis" is one of the album's stand out tracks) and Penguin Cafe Orchestra (oh yes, they have recorded "Music for a Found Harmonium", and have done it well).

Their approach is more Scottish than Irish, seasoned with influences from non-Celtic traditions. The Italian waltz "Zingerella" is a pure beauty and shows the group's ability to find hidden musical treasures and make them their own.

Clan Terra mainly play instrumental music. With one accordion, three fiddlers, two guitars and a double bass they are capable of turning out powerful sets of jigs and reels, like the opening "Ice on the Rocks", as well as the haunting slow airs and waltzes mentioned earlier.

The songs are more singer-songwriterish, maybe since they all are written by band members. "Lazy Nights" bears a slight resemblance to the music of Jaques Brel and Barbara Rose's "More of You" is a soft love song with just Barbara's voice and a guitar.

I must say I enjoy Clan Terra's first effort very much and it has been a frequent guest in my CD players over the last month.