Kris Drever – Mark the Hard Earth

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COMPOSERS: Kris Drever
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PERFORMER: Kris Drever (guitar and voice) and other musicians


Orcadian artist kris drever’s debut scooped a BBC Folk Award in 2007. This solid follow-up has been delayed by side projects and a ‘day job’ with avant-folkies Lau. Once again Mark The Hard Earth finds fiddler John McCusker producing, and the emphasis on local songwriters, with brother Duncan Drever’s ‘The Crown Of London’ a highlight.


There are touches of country and gospel, a couple of sentimental waltzes, and lots of sturdy Scottish melodies. Drever’s guitar makes him a popular session musician, but the greatest draw is his warm, nasal brogue. Jon Lusk