New Moon is the exciting new album from traditional powerhouse Hò-rò.
The seven-piece band from the Highlands, known for their spellbinding, energetic live performances, have become a force to be reckoned with on the Scottish traditional music scene ever since winning Up and Coming Artist of the Year at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards in 2017.
As they enter the next phase of their musical career, this third album from Hò-rò features a largely new line-up and sees them turn up the emotional dial on their material.
Traditional music is at the heart of the group’s high octane and heartfelt sound, which combines bagpipes, border pipes, accordion, fiddle and whistle with guitar, bass, keyboards and drums. This instrumental mix is complemented further by the unbeatable poetry of Gaelic song and the vivid storytelling of Scottish folk song.
New Moon is heavily influenced by the landscape and culture of the Highlands and Islands. The atmospheric album artwork depicts a painting by Inverness-based artist Dot Walker of the view across to the Isle of Eigg from the silver sands of Arisaig.
The album features songs and tunes from across the world, including traditional Gaelic pieces and self-composed tracks. The first single, ‘Isle Of Eigg’ (released on Wednesday 23rd March), is Robin Laing’s beautiful and serene ballad, brought to life through the incredible vocals of band members Calum MacPhail and Hannah Macrae. Tracks ‘Follow The Heron’ and ‘Oran An Amadain Bhoidhich’ also showcase delicate vocals and calming melodies that are sure to delight Hò-rò’s loyal fans.
Hò-rò’s lineup now features Hannah Macrae on fiddle and vocals, Calum MacPhail on accordion and vocals, Sean Cousins on guitar, Paul Martin on keys and electric guitar, Ally MacLean on pipes and whistles, bassist Calum MacQuarrie and drummer DC Macmillan. Matt Arnot can be heard on drums on the recording of New Moon, which was recorded and mixed at Glo Worm Studios with Mànran’s Ross Saunders and was mastered by Grammy-nominated Robin Scmidt.