Album: Mr McFall's chamber, Birds & Beasts (Delphian)

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Fast developing a reputation as one of Scotland's most innovative classical ensembles, Mr McFall's Chamber here focus on the work of the late piper Martyn Bennett.

The title derives from the inclusion of the traditional reel "Swallowtail" and Bennett's "Peewits" – which owes a debt to "The Lark Ascending" – and fellow piper Fraser Fifield's "The Beast", in the spirit of Bennett. "Knives In Hens" is a satisfying, serpentine dalliance of whistle, violin and percussion across a medley of five Bennett tunes, while his "Piece for string quartet, percussion and Scottish smallpipes in C" most stretches the folk elements into new territory.

Download this: Piece for string quartet, percussion and Scottish smallpipes in C; Knives In Hens; Peewits

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