CONTRABAND, the eponymous album from six
of Scotland’s finest musicians. Heavily influenced by Fairport Convention, this
classic folk-rock album is one of Scotland’s best kept secrets and stands up
well to comparisions with Steeleye Span, Pentangle and Fairport themselves.
Originally released on Transatlantic in
1974, the album features traditional folk songs, contemporary ballads and self-penned
tracks in an up-tempo folk-rock style.
Featuring the superb vocal talents of Mae
McKenna who went on to have an extensive solo career as well as providing
backing vocals to everyone from Pete Townshend to Kylie.
Multi-instrumentalist brothers Billy and
George Jackson along with fiddle player John Martin formed the legendary
Ossian. Members of Contraband later joined Easy Club, Isla and Gryphon.
“…if you haven’t heard it before it’s a glorious step back
into the past.”
Dai Jeffries / R2 Rock ‘n’ Reel – July/August 2012