Solo electric guitar album inspired by stories and experience of landscape, exploration and human endurance. Inspiration includes the RRS Discovery expedition southern journey of 1902-3, sunlight shimmering on water on the edge of Cairngorms National Park, piobaireachd traditional music, midwinter celebrations, Gustav Holst's masterpiece Egdon Heath, and experiences in remote places.
Launched at RRS Discovery, Dundee (pictured). A 'Roots & Fusion' Essential Album of 2019.
"... utterly captivating ... quite unique ... simply stunning ... surprising album of music that manages to be engaging and quietly virtuosic at the same time ... clear, decisive, resonant and beautifully recorded ... with his guitar and Castlesound’s ambience and you have Scotland’s answer to an enigmatic ECM album."
Marc Higgins, FATEA Magazine
''... evocative sound pictures ... footsteps on frozen Antarctic snow .... a palette of tones and colour in the changing light ... Celtic nuances lend warmth ... 'Egdon Heath' .. tones underline ... its dark, foreboding presence'
David Innes, RNR Magazine
"... Garrett's own pieces are strong and memorable."
''... your arrangement of Egdon Heath was remarkable"
Chris Cope, The Holst Society
''... what is delivered is all music reflecting the flexibility and capability of the guitar as an instrument ... professionally delivered by the artist"
Hugh C, BebopSpokenHere
''... behind that cool, clear single-string work and those unaggressively jazzy chords, there’s sensitivity as well as technique, and musicality that goes far beyond easy listening'
David Harley, folking
'...clearly a musician dedicated to virtuosity ... duly, no three minute pop songs here ... soundtrack for a documentary as yet unwritten'
"... a beautifully rewarding album …"
Rick Stuart, Roots & Fusion 538
released April 5, 2019
01, 02, 04, 07, 08 Steve Garrett
03 Padruig Mor MacCrimmon
05 Gustav Holst
Arranged and performed by Steve Garrett
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Stuart Hamilton at Castlesound Studios, Pencaitland
"skilfully constructed arrangements providing the perfect accompaniment to intelligent, poetic, and occasionally enigmatic, lyrics."
https://www.thejazzmann.com/reviews/review/fini-bearman-la-loba Steve Garrett