BONNIE PRINCE BILLY WITH HAREM SCAREM AND ALEX NIELSON
During Bonnie Prince’s sold out tour of Scotland and Ireland (and Newcastle) in the Spring of 2006, he was accompanied by Edinburgh’s Harem Scarem on close harmonies, fiddle, flute, banjo and accordion and Glasgow’s wunderkind Alex Neilson on drums and percussion. The product of this heavenly union, Is It The Sea?, captures Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy in unique surroundings (isn’t he always?) deep in the midst of some of Scotland’s most adventurous traditional players. Arranged with a distinctly Caledonian air, the songs are animated by Harem Scarem’s grasp of traditional harmony singing and Neilson’s stately passive / aggressive playing all to the sounds Bonny Billy’s rich and resolute on-stage voice.