Air Chall: Lost: Rachel Walker

Written by  January 5, 2012

A splendid mix of music for those interested in the traditional sounds of the UK.

Air Chall: Lost: Rachel Walker

Label: Skipinnish Records

Air Chall: Lost is the third album from England’s Rachel Walker, a Gaelic accordionist, pianist, and vocalist. Walker’s crystalline vocals and diverse instrumental talents are showcased across the album, from the English-language pop tune “Home On My Mind” to the ballad-esque stylings of “Fada Bhaum” and “An t-Oighre Og”. Using nearly the entire corpus of basic Gaelic instruments, including accordion, piano, bagpipes, bodhran (an Irish frame drum), fiddle, and various guitars, Air Chall: Lost incorporates some Scottish/Irish folk melodies to achieve a splendid mix of music for those interested in the traditional sounds of the UK.

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Matthew Forss

Verge magazine's music columnist, Matthew Forss holds a BA in biology, MS in exercise science, and an MFA in creative writing. Since 2000, he has been writing world music reviews for Edmonton-based Inside World, while amassing a very large collection of ethnomusicological recordings from every country in the world. Matthew continues to publish music articles and cultural book reviews in various academic journals and magazines and has an acquired taste for Central Asian linguistics (Uzbek, Kazakh, and Tajik).

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