Knock on an anonymous-looking door, tucked away amid dreichly inauspicious surroundings in Edinburgh’s West Granton area, and you suddenly find yourself in the state-of-the-art recording suite of Chamber Studio. Such renowned Scottish bands as Biffy Clyro, Idlewild and Mogwai have recorded here, but on this occasion it is occupied by the string players of the ever-adventurous Mr McFall’s Chamber, accompanying Selkirk traditional singer Jackie McGuckian and Border piper Matt Seattle.
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There was a sort of symmetry to this string-soaked celebration of the back catalogue of James Grant, as it brought him back to the venue where his former band Love & Money premiered their third album (and Grant’s personal favourite), Dogs In The Traffic, in the company of a couple of compadres from the time, guitarist Douglas MacIntyre and drummer Gordon Wilson, plus distinguished contemporaries Donald Shaw on keyboards, bassist Ewen Vernal, guitarist Brian McFie and vocalist Monica Queen, and the sweet sonic icing of the Hallelujah Strings, a 14-piece string section led by Greg Lawson. Now that’s a line-up.