Dai Jeffries of R2 Magazine (now RnR)
reviews Off the Land by Granny's AtticGranny's Attic were Young Musician of the Year finalists in 2014, having got together as a band in 2009 while still at school. Thus, they bring seven years experience to their debut album and I can't think of a better producer or label for them to turn to.
There seems to be a return to simplicity in the performance of traditional music these days, something I welcome, much as I admire musicians who push the envelope. You could imagine this album being recorded in the late 60s, but this is a deliberate return to basics. All the songs are traditional with three tune sets by fiddler Lewis Wood and it's on these that we are aware of the 21st century as the boys turn the wick up.
Off The Land opens with 'Away To The South'ard' from Stan Hugill all the sources are vintage: Child, Grainger, Bellamy, Lloyd, Palmer and followed by a couple of Wood's tunes featuring a delicate guitar opening from George Sansome. All three sing but the lead frequently falls to Cohen Braithwaite Kilcoyne who attacks a song like 'The Coalowner And The Pitman's Wife' with such relish.
This is a fine debut and I hope Granny's Attic really do well with it.