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TREACHEROUS ORCHESTRA
‘Origins’ (Navigator)

Mick Houghton
April 2012

8/10

Daring instrumental collective

The opening “Overture” here is pure folk prog: imagine an 11-piece ELP featuring bagpipes, whistles, flutes, fiddles, accordion, banjo, guitars, bass and drums. Taking inspiration from such Scottish folk-fusion  trailblazers as Martyn Bennett and Croft No. 5, Treacherous Orchestra are a fiercely energetic Celtic take on Bellowhead but often employing thumping club rhythms or repetitive pulses (notably “Sea of Okhotsk”) reminiscent of Terry Riley. Equally adept giving traditional Scottish melodies a facelift, the epic “Easter Island” is a particularly skilful arrangement led by flute and border pipes. Impressive.