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2000 Miles

by Laura Risk

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Fiddler Laura Risk teams up with some of Québec's hottest trad and jazz musicians. The repertoire, however, is pure Scottish: driving Highland reels, melancholy Gaelic airs, and elegant Northeast strathspeys.

fRoots: "A great album... Teaming up with some of Quebec's finest, [Laura Risk] has produced an album of Scottish music that has a decidedly different feel to it. A very individual fiddler, she wrings every last drop of emotion from the tunes."

Dirty Linen: "2000 Miles finds [Risk's] crack fiddling backed by four capable friends from the Québécois folk and jazz scenes. It's a collection of mostly traditional Scottish tunes set in simple, complementary arrangements with combinations of guitar, piano, bass, and percussion that emphasize the often complex melodies while not slighting the fact that most of them were meant for dancing. The 18th-century reel "The Miser" is full of big, playful, percussive strokes, while the strathspey "Mr. Martin's Compliments to Keith Norman MacDonald" steps along with all the delightful dignity its name implies. There are also some lovely slow tunes, like the aching "The Bonnie House of Airly," where Risk's quietly intricate bowing taps a deep well of emotion."

ABC Radio National (Australia): "Made in Quebec, 2000 Miles is an excellent, imaginative new album of Scottish music... Verve and lyricism are both abundantly evident."

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released July 1, 2004

Éric Beaudry: guitar
Rachel Aucoin: piano
Éric Breton: percussion
Michel Donato: bass

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Laura Risk Montreal, Québec

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www.laurarisk.com

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