Fiddler Katriona Gilmore has once been a member of Tiny Tin Lady, Jamie Roberts is the guitarist of Kerfuffle.But getting together as a duo created a sound that made me gasp. It took only a few spins in my record player and "Up From The Deep" slipped into my Top 10 list of 2010. Their already second album contains mostly original material though based on traditional roots. Jamie's "All I've Known" is a fantastic start, followed by two tunes written by Katriona. Next comes a haunting ghost story song by Katriona, then it gets more traditional with the "Shepherd and his Fife". Furthermore I'd like to mention Katriona's song "Off to California" which is based on the traditional hornpipe of the same name (see for example played by Rattle the Boards). Her "No Rest for the Wicked" could be a song equally for a truck driver or a touring musician. They probably can tell, being on the road as support for Fairport Convention right now. Besides the strong songs and delicate arrangements, fiddle and guitar playing is top-notch with the fiddle more forceful right into the face and the guitar exploring the whole nine yards between subtle patterns and percussive slaps.
Folk World review (Germany) - Up From The Deep