Mooncoin - Spinndrift

Spinndrift CD Cover

Spinndrift

Review


The Living Tradition magazine
Issue 55

This Norwich-based foursome have just celebrated ten years playing some of the most truly eclectic music on the British folk scene. And this album demonstrates their sheer class, and their exuberance.
The array of instruments is enough to make one gulp: and the fact each musician so obviously knows his way around them, makes one gulp even more. Methinks I should not say "he": vocalist Chris Schwabe also handles whistles, flute, melodeon and percussion, on top of her duties at the microphone. Very decent vocal delivery to boot: a voice with a texture that has something of a Sassenach version of Isla St.Clair's in it.
The tracks that really stood out were our traditional "The snows they melt the soonest" and an utterly manic yet brilliant traditional Yiddish thing called "Oi Tate". What a tremendous sense of ATTACK they bring to it.
Indeed the whole CD is characterised by this band constantly using their thinking caps, and coming up with the right mood for each particular number. Whether sensitivity or brio is called for, they repeatedly deliver throughout this album.
Dai Woosnam

Maartin Allcock
Mooncoin - Spinndrift

From the opening notes of Bucimis to the final notes of Oi Tate, this is a superbly recorded and intensely musical album which gets played a lot in our house. Singer Chris Schwabe has one of those too-rare voices which actually can take you to the centre of the song with a very full and tuneful voice. The whistles and flute sound as good as any from the Emerald Isle and the violins have not only fluid articulation and spotless intonation but also full tone without sounding too classical. Skryp’s guitarwork is delightful and the imaginative arrangements and tasteful percussion have all the authority of Planxty or The Bothy Band without sounding too Irish. Indeed, thanks to the aforementioned Bucimis and Le Vin d’Amour, a song in French, there is a definite European flavour to the album which makes a refreshing change and the whole thing is as new-sounding and as refreshing as the likes of Fernhill. Highly recommended.  Maartin Allcock May 2004

Eastern Daily Press Review…

Another excellent collection from the hardworking Norwich folk band sure to please their many fans in East Anglia and beyond. Celtic tunes predominate with, for the first time, a healthy and welcome input of East European tunes. The Hamburger set is a real toe-tapper. The musicianship is first-class throughout and Chris Schwabe is once again in fine vocal form on a handful of English and Irish ballads with She's Like The Swallow and North Country Maid especially pleasing. The only non-traditional track is the French song Le Vin D'Amour which fits well with the band's obvious aim of widening their musical repertoire.  Available from Mooncoin at gigs or www.Mooncoin.org.uk.
Brian Gaudet  July 18, 2003

FiddleOn Magazine Issue 12 Autumn/Winter 2003 Review…

English, Scottish, Irish, French, Swedish, Bulgarian, Armenian, Yugoslavian and Jewish.
The choices of second language learning at your local night classes?
No, we're talking about the sweeping range of Spinndrift the new album from Norwich based band Mooncoin who are celebrating ten years at producing some of the classiest European folk music in the UK right now. Almost as wide-ranging as the material they play is the dazzling array of instrumentation that comes into play on the album and indeed during their live show. Twin fiddles, whistles, flute, melodeon, cittern, bass, guitar and assorted percussion are the norm, not to mention vocals. There is no real point in talking about individuals as all four members of Mooncoin are all hugely accomplished musicians and as such it is the whole band that give virtuoso performances and not just down to one or two of them.
Spinndrift is an album stuffed full of different textures and shades - gentle, drifting songs painting pictures of other times are balanced with driving tunes pushed along with great use of percussion and underpinned with deft, choppy cittern and guitar work.
The production throughout the whole album is superb and it is obvious from the word go that this is a band that are taking their music very seriously indeed. And so should you.
 Spinndrift. Buy it now.
Ian Harvey September 2003

Mardles Magazine October 2003 Review…
Mooncoin, Spinndrift

I saw this band last year for the first time at Lincoln Folk Festival, where they opened for Vikki Clayton and played a very good set. I particularly remember being impressed by the whistle playing. This CD is a lovely mix of mostly traditional tunes from a variety of countries and in a variety of styles (sadly the sleeve gives no information on the sources of the tunes) and half a dozen very well sung and well arranged songs (with lyrics). Well worth a listen.    Mike Everett September 2003

fRoots Magazine December 2003 No. 246 thumbs up review…
Mooncoin Spinndrift (own label no cat. no.)

An Anglo-German outfit based in East Anglia playing a mix of Irish, Scots, English and European material with technical dexterity.  Their third album takes in various idioms (songs, dances) covering traditional bases to contemporary compositions.  The result is uniformly pleasant and characteristically attractive.

Review from 'Folker!' 1/04 (equivalent to German fROOTs magazine)
Mooncoin  Spinndrift

14 tracks, 60:49, Kurztext
Wie reizvoll, eine englische Gruppe ein Repertoire quer durch Europa spielen zu hören, nordische und osteuropäische Stücke neben irischen und englischen. Die Gruppe ist genau so instrumentiert, wie man sich das von den Inselmusikern vorstellt, mit Fiddles und Whistle, Gitarre und Perkussion. Und die Stimme der Sängerin entführt uns geradezu auf die Inseln, Reels und Jigs gehen in Beine und Ohr. Selbst die Schrift auf dem Booklet sieht keltisch aus. Um so reizvoller erscheinen dann die - durchaus englischen - Versionen von "Lesnoto", "Bucimis" oder "Polska fran Boda", die dabei richtig tanzbar gehalten sind.
Übrigens keine ganz englische Gruppe: Violonist und Perkussionist Uli Schwabe spielte einst in Leipzig, bevor er in den 80er nach England auswanderte. Seitdem kommt er als Musiker und Geigenbauer wenigstens einmal im Jahr nach Rudolstadt. Wer es nicht bis zum nächsten Jahr erwarten kann, die beschwingt-verträumte "spinndrift" zu kaufen, sollte nach England schreiben oder auf die homepage schauen.
schauen.   Jürgen Brehme