Tim Calabro | First Light Studios
Long time New World Favorite returns once again with their brand of high spirited Scottish Music. The Band consists of Dan Houghton (bagpipes, flute, whistles, guitar, bouzouki, vocals), Jon Bews (fiddle and vocals), and Eric McDonald (guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, vocals). Originally formed as a quartet, Cantrip sprung from a local session in Edinburgh twenty years ago. Their driving music immediately caught the attention of lovers of traditional music, and the band has now firmly cemented its presence in that world. The band took a hiatus while children were born and old continents were left for new ones, and then the band reemerged with a redefined sound. Now trimmed to a trio, the band had tightened its arrangements while expanding its influence. New inspirations have crept in, complementing its traditional foundation. The enhanced sound has delighted old fans and attracted new ones.
Their first album was “Silver” (2001) was followed by “Boneshaker” (2005) and “Piping the Fish” in 2008). A more mature sound debuted on their release “The Crossing” (2016), to high acclaim. In 2018, the band gathered 50 of its closest friends and fans and returned to its roots, re-recording Silver in a live format (Cantrip Live). In late 2019, they spent a week in their original home of Edinburgh creating and recording new music. All of the tracks on this album were captured live in one take. This seminal album, slatted for release this year.