FOLK CHRIS NEWMAN Still Getting Away With It * * * * Old Bridge Music OBNCD19, £12.99
A superb guitarist, partner of the doyenne of Irish harp players Maire Ni Chathasaigh and a former member of Boys of the Lough, Chris Newman has always been musically omnivorous, and reveals the astonishing variety of his repertoire, style and technique in these 18 tracks. With studio guests that include guitar star Arty McGlynn, fiddler Nollaig Casey, mandolin maestro Simon Mayor, and Maire on harp, this is a joy-filled romp through blues, back-porch pickin', Quebec reels, Django swing jazz chordings, bluegrass, African high-life, ragtime, Irish jigs and beyond, and is a must-buy for any guitar player.
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• This article was first published in the Scotland on Sunday on November 7, 2010