by Random

Price: £9.99

Gutsy, melodic, folk-rock interpretation of tunes with traditional roots, creates scintillating ceilidh music that will make you want to dance. Saul Rose, who has toured world-wide with Waterson-Carthy, now joins up with Paul Nye to bring two very exciting melodeon-playing talents together. Add the bass guitar of Keith Holloway, the guitar rhythms of Ian Woledge , the bass trombone harmonies of Glynn Burch, and the rock-solid drumming of Roger Smith, and youve got the unique RANDOM sound.

The six members of RANDOM bring their vast experience of all kinds of folk and dance music to this newly-formed band. Their gutsy, melodic, folk-rock interpretation of tunes with traditional roots, creates scintillating ceilidh music that will make you want to dance.

Jacob . Jamaica
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The Weasel in the Grass - Oats and Pulses
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Nellie Bligh - Chinese Breakdown
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Hornpipe no. 2 (Maggot) - The Peacocks Feathers
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Portsmouth - Staten Island
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Split the Pair - The Alexandra
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Rochdale Coconut Dance . Tip Top Polka
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The Kesh . Wobbly Cat
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Linhope Lope . A Swingin Safari . New Steamboat
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Rogues March . Ali McKenzies . The Hogmanay
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Time Will End
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A Waterloo dance . Trip to Knaresborough
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Martin Stimson

I have always thought that most ceilidh bands, whilst performing good exciting music live, rarely manage the transition to the studio. The music can tend to be sterilised by studio discipline.

Random is an exception. Their music still has that drive and excitement that makes the band good to dance to and listen to.

For a few minutes I thought I was listening to Shake A Leg, a band that I play with; I hope that Random dont mind the comparison. They have the same driving percussion, bass trombone and general gutsy feeling.

There are twelve tracks, almost all of them being well?put?together medleys. There are one or two familiar tunes and others not so well?known. Im not going to list the tune titles as there are perhaps twenty?five numbers, but suffice it to say that there is a lot of drama, varying tempos and really good arrangements, with the whole thing adding up a to a fun package. The band has thoughtfully given details of the sources of all their tunes, although not the reason for the album title.

One complaint. When I play the CD in my van it makes me drive too fast!

Sing Out

The subtitle for this recording is Electric Ceilidh with Guts and that about describes it. Imagine an English countrydance band that features ? along with melodeon, guitar, bass and drums ? the bass trombone. What a sound Random makes! The repertoire is pretty standard with a nod to master brass arranger Robert Kirby.

Random features Saul Rose, melodeon, accordion and percussion; Paul Nye, melodeon, harmonica and percussion; Keith Holloway, bass guitar, mandolin and percussion; Ian Woledge, guitar; Roger Smith, drums; and Glynn Burch, bass trombone and treble recorder.

The sound is rollicking featuring Dave Mattacks?inspired drumming with crashing cymbals and a strong emphasis on the backbeat, while the melodeons swirl in and out of the mix, all the while the electric bass and bass trombone bolster the bottom end. Its a powerful but purely delightful sound similar to Ashley Hutchings experiments with electric Morris dance music on the original Morris On recording.

To highlight a particular selection is difficult, as all the tunes, mostly in medleys of two, are very strong. The unusual pairing of Portsmouth and Staten Island is of particular interest. Portsmouth is taken at a very deliberate tempo with a strong bass line and martial style percussion. Staten Island, a hornpipe well known on these shores, begins with a cross?panned melodeon and later morphs into a driving dance tune.

The most obvious Morris influence is in the medley of the Rochdale Coconut Dance and the Tip Top Polka. The syncopated drumming and the dual melodeons just beg for some bells and dancing feet. I defy you to stay off the floor!

The Morris On experiment ended much too soon but created some wonderful and original sounds. Random has revived that sound and has added a few exciting twists of their own. � TD


Chris Beaumont

Random arc a six?strong English ceilidh band with a big sound: two melodeons out front, drum kit. bass

guitar and bass trombone behind plus electric guitar, mandolin, harmonica recorder ; Various

percussion. This is straight ahead English dance music, With strong rythm and some cracking tunes by the likes of Chris Taylor, Andrew Rankine  Nigel Chippendale, Terry Mann mid the prolific trad.

Box?player Saul Rose (ex Watcrson:Carthy) contributes one of his own and even Bert Kaempfert ; gets a

look in. Any ceilidh?goer will recognise many of them.

The solid rhythm section allows the melodeons to do some quirky things to the melody now and again

a bit of syncopation keeps the dancers on their toes! For listening purposes on the CD and at dances to

why not?  Id have preferred a bit more variation  in the sound more contrast to the full band going for

it. The hidden bonus track of a solo melodeon waltz comes as a pleasant Surprise But if you like your

ceilidh music high?powered and rocking this Will do nicely