REVIEW: The Rua Macmillan Trio - Hoxne Village Hall

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Scotland paid a visit to the village of Hoxne on Saturday courtesy of The Rua Macmillan Trio, a group of young musicians who have gained a growing reputation on the folk circuit.

Over nearly two hours, they took us on a musical tour of Scotland in a series of slips, jigs, reels and a few waltzes.

The music was not pure folk in sound with Tia Files strumming energetically, sometimes sounding like Neil Young, and playing the Djembe, and Suzanne Houston’s keyboard playing with its occasional jazz styling to the traditional sound reminding me of the Irish composer, teacher and pianist Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin , whilst Rua Macmillan’s fiddle playing players like Dave Swarbrick and Ric Sanders.

Back stories were given to many of the tunes, whilst the more recently composed proved the traditions still lived on. Most pieces were performed in a melody format in seamless connections.

It was an excellent evening for those who not only liked folk music but for music in general, as my AC/DC loving friend pointed out afterward.

NIGEL FILBY