Artículo realizado por Jarramplas y reconfigurado por Abraham Fdez.
Wolfstone es un grupo escocés que aúna en su música el tradicionalismo folk celta junto al rock más enérgico. Pese a que su formación nunca ha sido estable, pues varios músicos han pasado por ella, han seguido una línea coherente en su estilo, lo que les ha llevado a ser un grupo de culto en su estilo. Las tierras altas escocesas han forjado en Wolfstone el estilo épico y salvaje del que hacen gala con sus grabaciones.
Desde su nacimiento en 1989, el grupo, mediante bajo, guitarras eléctricas, gaita, violín, teclado y percusiones, junto a un dinamismo contagioso en el escenario, nos ha brindado una discografía apasinante de 8 discos, desde Unleashed en 1992 hasta el reciente Terra Firma de 2007. Sin embargo, sus grabaciones comienzan en 1989 con dos álbumes que ahora son casi un objeto de culto: Wolfstone I y Wolfstone II son dos trabajos en los que el grupo ahonda en el aspecto más tradicional de su música. Son dos discos que no son considerados un referente en su discografía básica y que podeis descargar aquí:
Wolfstone - I
03. Ready For The Storm
07. How Long
09. Rocky 5
Wolfstone - II
01. The battle
02. The flying scotsman
03. Red hot polkas
04. JC Tunes
05. Race with the devil
06. Michael Collins
07. Jethro Tull Tribute
08. Only our rivers run free
10. Come out ye black and tans
11. Song for yesterday
DESCARGAR LOS 2 CD´S
Los siguientes videos son de un concierto realizado en 1992, donde vemos la energía con la que presentaban el directo de estos dos trabajos:
BATTLE: THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME/THE BUGLE HORN/THE ATHOLL HIGHLANDERS
Wolfstone : Captured Live
HECTOR THE HERO
TAMBIÉN PUBLICAMOS UNA CRÓNICA DEL PERIODISTA ALEMÁN DE LA REVISTA FOLKWORLD´S MICHAEL MOLL DURANTE LA VISITA A VIGO DE LOS COMPONENTES DE WOLFSTONE Ivan Drever & Duncan Chisholm.
Vigo, the biggest city of Galicia (North-West Spain) is said to have the second best night life of Spain, following Madrid. Being there, I found out just by chance that Scotland's possibly best folk music duo was in town...
Vigo is not really a pretty city; maybe its biggest attraction is the view away from the city over the Bay of Vigo. And yes also the nightlife is said to be a major attraction - where else would you see discos where at 9 a.m. the clubbers arrive with taxis still to go IN...
Folk music wise Vigo's most important meeting points are two pubs, "Dublin" and "Sete Mares". Both are owned by the same person, and this guy has close relations to Berrogüetto, one of Galicia's top bands. In both of these places it is most likely that you might find some of the great Galician musicians having a pint.
The "Dublin" pub has become famous all over the world because of the Chieftains' "Santiago" album, with one of the numbers having been recorded there. With a huge crowd of listeners and a superb atmosphere, the Irish lads played along with the likes of Carlos Núñez and friends. "Dublin" was the first Irish Pub to open in Vigo some decades ago.
Just a couple of streets away from "Dublin", behind the church Santiago de Vigo, are the "Seven Seas", or "Sete Mares", the newer venture of the "Dublin" owner. This pub is totally different to "Dublin", having a large standing area, a big stage and behind the stage a huge impressive painting of ships on the stormy seas. This was the setting of the concert of Ivan Drever and Duncan Chisholm.
Vigo seems not too much related to folk music... Still, the people who came to the concert were very good listeners and obviously enjoyed it.
Although both looked quite tired (well you surely need to get used to start your concerts at 10 p.m.), Ivan and Duncan did a beautiful set. Ivan Drever is not only a great songwriter with a warm and impressive voice, he is also a superb guitarist, while Duncan Chisholm is a genius on the fiddle. Together they are definitely in the top league of the folk music scene.
As usual, they offered a highly attractive mixture of modern songs and Scottish tunes. A lot of the songs from Ivan's new album "Black White and Blue" were heard, as well as songs and tunes from the duo album "The Lewis Blue". Great songs with wonderful lyrics, energetic and fascinating tunes like "Maggie's Pancakes/The little cascade" or the beautiful quiet tune "Bonnie Lindsey" dedicated to the daughter of Ivan's wife. And what do you think might come out of a tune written in a traffic jam on a German motorway? For most people it would be without doubt an energetic, angry tune - not for Ivan, who has used the time in the jam to write an enchanting quiet tune...
The concert in Vigo was part of a short five day tour in Galicia/Asturias, being the first Northern Spanish tour of the duo since a couple of years. A difference to concerts in Germany or Britain was that the concert was much more focussed on the music than on introductions and jokes - linguistic reasons, of course...
After the concert I still went for a jar to the "Dublin" bar, finding there - of course - Ivan and Duncan; it's those two pubs to meet the folk music folks, as I have said above...
And if you come to Vigo in Galicia, be sure to have a look into those two pubs - you find "Sete Mares" behind the church Santiago de Vigo; ask there for "Dublin".