Tributaries: 500 years of Scottish Music for Guitar, Viola and Flute.
Tributaries features Tom Rennie on guitar and flute, with Caitlyn Densmore on viola.
"I grew up listening to these tunes", said Tom, "but I've never had a chance to record them. Until now."
"I've always made the connection between the music and the land of Scotland. One of my earliest memories is of my mother talking about the Lost Valley in Glencoe, and being aware, even at that young age, of the mystery and awe that these places evoke."
All the tracks on the album are at least 200 years old, apart from one.
"Being a Scottish person, it had always bothered me that I had never written anything in the Scottish style. I thought that for this album, I would try."
The result is Strath, a hauntingly beautiful melody that certainly evokes the mysterious grandeur of the Scottish landscape.
"Apart from Strath, and Neil Gow's Lament, we don't really know who composed these pieces. One or two names have survived over the centuries, but they are mostly writers who have put words to an ancient melody, or editors who have written down an old air for the first time. So to all those composers, identities unknown and known, who wrote these wonderful tunes, please accept my little contribution to the big river."
Tim Carroll from "Folkwords.com has this to say about the album:
"With the album ‘tributaries’, musician Tom Rennie delivers a gorgeously majestic selection of Scottish music played on guitar, viola and flute. This is a beautiful collection of iconic Scottish melodies that in Tom’s hands reach out to touch you through the threads of a tradition stretching across 500 years in a style that’s a fresh as tomorrow’s sunrise.
With its combination of Tom on 6 and 12-string guitars and flute and Caitlyn Densmore’s delicate touch on viola, this is an album of gentle appeal.
In a world that spends most of its time chasing itself and its people into ever faster gyrations, ‘tributaries’ provides a level of peace and tranquillity that will wash over you to heal the stress that life inflicts. From a supremely satisfying version of ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’ through a flute echoing on ‘Loch Tay Boat Song’ to the mournful strains of ‘Derwentwater’s Farewell’ this is eminently listenable and soothing.
Tom’s own tune ‘Strath’ sits perfectly amid the traditional mix reinforcing how well he connects with this music. And perfectly placed at the close there’s ‘Ae Fond Kiss’ – just magical.
Tom says: “We don't really know who composed these pieces. One or two names have survived over the centuries, but they are mostly writers who have put words to an ancient melody ...."
With this album Tom has ensured his name will rank among those remembered names."
Reviewer: Tim Carroll, Folkwords.com