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Isla Grant - 'Movin' On'
UK release date : 22nd March 2010
Rosette Records ROSCD 2095

Isla Grant, raised in the Scottish Borders, where she has lived all her life, has more than paid her dues. Musically, she cut her teeth playing in intimate folk clubs in Edinburgh and Glasgow while still in her early teens, graduating to the demanding working men's clubs in mining areas of the North East of England. In 1992, just as Isla's career started to gain momentum, she was involved in a horrific road accident which almost cost her her life. The accident kept her off the road, and out of the music business, for five years, but, being a fighter, she battled her way back, secured a recording contract in 1997 and soon gained recognition in Ireland, where, to date, six of her albums have gained triple platinum status and where, during lengthy tours of that country, every concert has sold out. Since 2000 Isla has spread her wings by touring Australia and New Zealand. She has now returned to that part of the world seven times and on each visit she has been booked to give over forty concerts, the majority of which have also sold out long before her arrival. More recently she has been invited to tour in Canada and this June she will return for her third visit, having been booked to perform 20 concerts.

'Movin' On' is Isla's twelfth album to date. As with her previous releases, the featured 15 songs are all new, original compositions and they, along with the way in which they have been presented, will leave the listener in no doubt as to why this talented lady stands head and shoulders above her peers. Taking into consideration her music first, Isla scores heavily by composing songs with a timeless and universal quality. Many of her songs explore matters of the heart; the joy of being in love and the pain of ending a relationship which once meant so much. The empathy in having the courage to walk away when love has died is made manifest in songs like 'Movin' On', 'You Don't Belong' and 'It's Too Late, Sweetheart' but these woeful tales of betrayal and infidelity are counter-balanced with bittersweet poignancy in songs like 'If I Could Fly', 'Don't Give Up On Me' and 'The Old Canal'. Mixing themes, tempos and styles of delivery we find one number with a delightful Dixieland blues feel to it, another sung as a tender lullaby; the tempo is raised on the driving 'What Are You Trying To Do To Me' before we find Isla taking a backward glance to the Sixties Pop scene in 'What Love Can Do'. To add variety to the programme is a heartfelt inspirational gospel song, a plea on behalf of many Australian farmers who are in danger of losing their land and a great eulogy, dedicated to the breathtaking beauty and friendly people Isla has enjoyed during her visits to New Zealand.

Movin' On has been jointly produced by Johnny Scott and Isla. Johnny Scott, a multi-instrumentalist, has acted as Isla's musical director for the past eighteen months. Prior to joining her he was musical director of Van Morrison's band for a number of years. On this recording he has enlisted the help of a number of top musicians who have also been a part of Van Morrison's band, notably, Frank Gallagher, Rod McVey, Nick Scott and Liam Brady, with additional input from Glen Flynn on steel guitar and Mick Daly on banjo.

With its universal appeal, an instantly recognisable voice, strong material and superb musicianship, Movin' On is almost certainly going to prove to be Isla Grant's most popular - and successful recording to date.

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