Ruari Macdonald | Man of the Moor

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Man of the Moor

by Ruari Macdonald

The debut from Ruari has a wide range of influence from folk to rock, from celtic to country in this guitar loaded album. With 9 original songs ( with 2 guitar instrumentals), it has something for everyone.
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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1. The Dark Storm
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4:03 album only
2. Stolen Silence
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4:39 album only
3. The Tribute
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5:35 album only
4. Man of the Moor
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3:38 album only
5. Kings of Kings
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5:02 album only
6. Tales of Tomorrow
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3:37 album only
7. Moonlight Waltz
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5:19 album only
8. Midnight Winds
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5:02 album only
9. Lament for Old Jock
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3:57 album only
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Pete Carson (Speysound Radio)

Brilliant CD
I was recently lucky enough to be sent the new CD of tracks written, played and produced by Ruari MacDonald from Aviemore. The fact that Ruari is an extremely accomplished musician is beyond doubt. His guitar work is exceptional and he extends that gift into other instruments. The whole CD has a haunting air to it - a mystery - and a depth far beyond mere sound. While listening I am sure everyone will have a different thought or picture in their mind as they listen, depending on their own life experiences. There are echoes of the past, and reference to the future ( Tales of Tomorrow - which has incredible guitar work ) and although some tracks have a "rock" style element to them they are not too loud or intrusive. The almost primeval beat in some tracks have echoes of the American First Nation - and at times it becomes almost hypnotic. Of particular power are The Dark Storm, Man of the Moor, Kings of Kings. If I had to make one criticism it is that I would have liked to have heard another voice - to give harmony and some depth to the vocal element. Ruari's voice is clear and light - so a lower harmony in some of the tracks would - in my view - have given it a darker thread to add to the depth. His own harmony is good when used - personally I can never settle too well with a performer adding their own voice harmony although so many have done it. As I listened - Mark Knopfler floated by as did Dire Straits a couple of times ( Midnight Winds). A great CD, a real pleasure to listen to and a very varied set of tracks. I look forward to more - hopefully - very soon.