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Tattie Jam

Tattie Jam

Tattie Jam

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Tattie Jam

Tattie JamTattie Jam play (mainly Scots) traditional and folk music, with a twist. Seylan Baxter sings and plays the lead on a 5-string electric cello, and Ruaridh Pringle sings and plays dynamic accompaniment on guitar - and sometimes didgeridoo and octave mandolin; sometimes also taking the lead on mandolin. While playing and singing everything from keening slow airs and a capella dark ballads to kinetic reels and gentle or high-octane original songs (many of their songs and tunes are written by Ruaridh Pringle), their style is highly energetic, with both melodies and a strong rhythmic underpinning being bounced around between both musicians. Rich, sometimes unexpected harmonies predominate in their singing, with both singers alternating the lead.

Examples of their music include samba-rhythmed pipe tune 'Ivan MacDonald's Amazing Waterproof Boots,' a surprising take on the ballad 'The Birken Tree', an unusually laidback and wistful jazzy rendition of the well-known travelling song 'Tramps and Hawkers', and the quirkily existential, punk-tinged bluegrassy 'Different'. This is a duo who like to turn old songs on their head and turn heads with their new ones. Who do they sound like? Well, apart from sounding more like a 4-piece than a 2-piece band, not really anyone else...

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