Pilgrim Souls is Megan Henderson's debut solo album. Having spent the best part of the last decade with the award winning Scottish folk band Breabach her album has been eagerly awaited and certainly does not disappoint.
On her website she describes the work as "an instrumental and vocal suite inspired by the work of fellow Fort William native Christine Clark, whose dream-like, impressionistic paintings depict – in the artist’s own words - “imagined landscapes and narratives which transport us to unknown lands, conveying moments of solitude, love, hope, beauty and loss.”
The album's debut track "The Dawn Chorus", released as a preview single earlier in January, is an inspired piece with fiddle and piano drawing us into the dreamy awakening of nature during a spring sunrise and so setting the tone for the whole album through which we can drift ethereally along on both the melodies and vocals, riding the subliminal crescendos & diminuendos. The experience is both enchanting and uplifting.
But we should not be surprised by the quality of this album - Megan has ensured she is accompanied by the very best from the Scottish folk & Trad scene - notably Su-a Lee on Cello and Saw and multi-instrumentalist Anna Massie on Mandolin
Further Reading & Related Links: