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New songs happy among Tumbling Souls classics

By Margaret Chrystall


The Tumbling Souls

Hootanannys, Inverness

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A SELECT crowd were treated to the full power of Lewis’s finest, The Tumbling Souls, at Hootanannys, Inverness, on Sunday afternoon.

The joyful melodies that power debut album Between the Truth and the Dream quickly drenched the darkened venue in sunlight and luckily the seven-piece were generous about inviting the audience to join in.

It was almost impossible not to.

Days later, working on something completely unrelated, I found the chorus of Wishing My Time – with its message of living for today – had burrowed into my head and was playing on my brain’s playlist on repeat. Tumbling earworms always welcome!

Lead singer and songwriter Willie Campbell, an energetically hungover guitarist/vocalist Iain ‘Spanish’ Mackay and bass player Keith Morrison took turns introducing the two sets.

With over seven tracks from the debut album – mixed in with Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire, a set of tunes led by accordionist Stephen Drummond and fiddler Louisa Barron and earlier Campbell songs (Mary, Rest Your Head and Astrid’s Distance) – it was a good advert for the album which was selling like hot cakes in the interval, on vinyl, CDs and – also on cassette “for your tractors and pick-ups”.

It was exciting to hear a lot of new songs – such as Yesterday’s Promises with its “hoping that my life will start” refrain – making their way happily among the established Tumbling classics.

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