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Once again the limited space at the Wombwell Wheelhouse was challenged by another band of musicians tonight as The Outside Track made their first visit to the popular South Yorkshire venue. Previous challenges to the space at the house concert venue have included any number of musicians up to the recent appearance by the six-piece Albion Band, complete with drum kit and double bass. Tonight saw not only another shoulder-to-shoulder six-piece band but also one who threw a bit of step dancing in too.
With a line-up of exceptional musicians from Canada, Ireland and Scotland, The Outside Track returned to this area after their successful appearance at last year's Madfest over at the nearby Elsecar Heritage Centre. With a new album ready and prepared for a September release, the band showcased some of the new songs from their FLASH COMPANY record, including the new single The Mountain Road. Starting with the opening song from the album False Knight on the Road, the band soon found their feet and performed a couple of tight and flawless sets, featuring songs and tunes from their steadily growing repertoire.
With Norah Rendell providing the lead voice throughout on songs such as Silvie, Silvie, The Whitby Maid, learned incidentally from the singing of local singer Kathryn Roberts and the gorgeous Caroline of Edinburgh Town, the Canadian singer also provided some exquisite whistle and flute playing, whilst her band mates demonstrated some top standard musicianship, with Ailie Robertson on harp, Fiona Black on accordion, Cillian O'Dalaigh on guitar and Ivonne Hernandez depping for regular fiddle player Mairi Rankin, who also provided one or two exhilarating step dance routines.
With an emphasis on new material such as The Body Parts Set, The Transatlantic and Fishcakes and Brandy, the band also featured a handful of more familiar songs and tunes from the band's previous records such as Madam, Madam, Belladrum Outhouse and Swerving for Rabbits from the curiously titled CURIOUS THINGS WITH WINGS, whilst the band's eponymous debut album was represented by the MacCallum's Reel/Tune for a Lost Harmonica set of tunes.
Concluding with not one but two encores, including the instrumental piece Le Voyage and finally the title song from the band's new album Flash Company, which was requested by host Hedley Jones. An excellent conclusion to an exceptionally good house concert.