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Harry Gorski-Brown
Durt Dronemaker After Dreamboats
Review by Chris Nickson


cd cover When you learn that GLARC stands for Greater Lanarkshire Auricular Research Council and that the album is only available digitally or on cassette, it’s a tipoff that something a little out of the ordinary is going on here. Play Durt Dronemaker and the strangeness leaps right out from the beginning of “Mo Bhò Dhubh Mhòr.” It is, however, a rich and curiously satisfying weirdness.

Gorski-Brown is a multi-instrumentalist (voice, pipes, fiddle, organ, bouzouki, electronics) who takes traditional Scottish Gaelic songs and rearranges them in the shape on his own imagination.


While these are new takes on old songs, they sound deeply rooted in the soil and stone, uncompromising in the way they’re presented; the shortest track is seven-and-a-half minutes, the longest, “Bha Mise Raoir Air An Àirigh/ I Wanna Fight Your Father” (which includes Gorski-Brown’s version of the Rubberbandits song that erupts almost like a bizarre breakdown out of the long instrumental piece to up and already high bizarre quotient) 12-and-a-half minutes. And yet, the pace and length someone suits the music. There’s a very large strand of minimalism to this music, always underpinned by the drone, the changes slight and slow.


An acquired taste, perhaps, odd yet definitely worth several listens for those who like to wander outside the mainstream. And, from one who spent too many hours fiddling with cassette tapes and pens (if you know, you know), good luck with the tape.

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