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Trio of excellent musicians make their own luck with fine album

Caravan by Aamos on Nordic Stomp.
Excerpt from review of the album Caravan - October 20th, 2011 by Shetland Times

"... One of the many positive things that strikes you on a first listen to the CD is the quality and clarity of the recording (in Oslo) and final mix (in Helsinki). Excellent musicians in their own right, these three are very tuned in to each other’s playing — to coin a cliché, the final product is greater than the sum of the individual parts. The mood can swing from deliberate and delicate to thoroughly energetic, while still keeping a lovely clean sound, with every sign of enjoyment as well.

Although Mark and Kevin now live outwith Shetland, they are living musical proof of the old saying “you can takk da man oot o’ da isles, but you canna takk da isles oot o’ da man”. A large majority of the tracks are Shetland tunes, mostly traditional, with titles carefully researched and credited in the sleeve notes. However, Mark chips in with a couple of his own tunes, Eternal Lea and Karen’s Fancy, and there’s a track fast becoming a modern Shetland classic, David’s Waltz, by Debbie Scott. I’m sure she’ll have no quibbles about how these guys perform it. På Fetlar’s Topp, a rollicking good tune from Vidar, is a tribute to a good gig and copious late-night hospitality in Fetlar.

I guess it’s an open secret that I enjoy a good old-time Norwegian waltz, so when I spotted that track 10 was another of Vidar’s tunes simply titled Vals, my thumb got busy on the CD player’s skip button. Vals certainly isn’t a “gamaldans” style waltz, and could have been written in a number of different countries, but it’s plaintive, bonnie and addictive – my thumb still gets busy on the skip button, every time I put the disc in the player! A nice tune to finish the album.

Now, decision time. Are you feeling lucky? If so, you can simply wait, in the hope that someone lays an aamos on you, and lays a copy of Caravan secretively in your back door, when your luck rubs off on them. Or, if you don’t believe in that old custom, head for one of the shops stocking Caravan, and cross their palms with silver, notes or major credit cards."

Maurice J Smith

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"...music of high class"

Eksotisk studentkro på Rauland
Excerpt from review at www.hit.no, 2011-01-20 (in Norwegian):

"Den shetlanske gruppa trakk fullt hus i det som er å regne som festlokalet til studentene på Rauland. Årestoga var fullsatt, og flere måtte nøyes seg med en ståplass i døråpningen. Trioen som er satt sammen av de to beste felespillerne fra Shetland, Kevin Henderson og Mark Laurenson, samt norske Vidar Skrede, bød både på musikk og segselv. Og like underholdende som de fengende låtene var de gode historiene som shetlenderne introduserte hver ny låt med. ...

Hovedattraksjonen Aamos bød både på seg selv og musikk av høy klasse.

- 42 i feber
I salen satt både studenter, lærere og lokale og det var ikke fritt for at de fleste satt og trampet takten, bevisst eller ubevisst. Blant publikum satt også Irene Bjerke, Johanna Mjeldheim, Britt Elin Myrene og Ine Nord som alle går på folkemusikk på 2. året. - Jeg skulle hatt en veldig god grunn for ikke å komme hit i dag. Det må være 40 i feber, nei 42, sier Britt Elin.
- Dette er helt vanvittig bra å høre på, og utrolig motiverende, skyter Irene inn.

I bachelor i folkemusikk har studentene et fag som heter folkemusikkformidling og de ble særlig imponert over gruppas evne til å formidle låtene sine. ..."

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