Tim Calabro | First Light Studios
CantripLong-time New World Festival favorite Cantrip features 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 fifteen 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 has recently emerged with a redefined sound. Now trimmed to a trio, the band has 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 eagerly anticipated fourth recording, “The Crossing”, was released in 2015.