George Jackson and Davydd Mcdonald – Succession
CD review by Graham Blackley
TN770-83 – $27.50 TN154 Feb 23
On this exciting album, George Jackson and Davydd McDonald demonstrate their prowess on a number of foot-stomping Celtic-infused tunes such as “Euphoria” that are sure to inspire the entranced listener to depart the cosy-confines of the couch to get muscles pumping, adrenaline surging and blood flowing on the nearest make-shift dancefloor.
Jackson and McDonald are also skilled conjurers of haunting music that inspires reflection rather than dancing.
For example, “Spinning Her” and “Song of the Tui” are beautiful tunes that are the ideal accompaniment to mellow moments of respite.
I was expecting this talented duo to playfully introduce elements of thrash when I spotted the title of the second track-“Death Metal.”
Purists can relax however as this is a spirited instrumental that remains firmly rooted in the folk genre and never descends into grinding guitars, thundering drums or walls of distortion.