Behind The Door is the third album of acoustic, alternative, Celtic music from multi-instrumentalist singer / songwriter Andy Morgan, and singer / songwriter Viil Hov Fjose.
And while Andy started out as a rock guitarist who developed an affinity for traditional Welsh and Celtic music, Viil has a more classical background in the traditional music of Norway.
Having established their distinctive acoustic sound – created by vocal harmonies combined with Celtic instruments such as cittern and bouzouki – on the local circuit in South Wales, they developed it further on travels throughout France, Spain and Norway resulting in a sound that merges traditional European folk with rock in a manner not dissimilar at times to Steeleye Span.
The result is a hugely engaging 10 tracks – two instrumentals, eight songs, seven of which are original compositions and one traditional Welsh folksong. A difficult one to pigeon hole covering, as it does, a ridiculously broad spectrum of styles ranging not far short of pop to baroque, but at the same time all hanging together rather beautifully. For lovers of traditional folk who aren’t stuck in the dark ages, Stonecraft come highly recommended. ****
Review by Pete Whalley
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