May 3, 2016

Review of First Impression from Liverpool Sound and Vision

Chamberlain And Haywood, First Impression. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

It is often surprising when music appears out of seemingly nowhere and the entrancing sound that follows the discovery is almost akin to tracing the White Nile to its source and finding that the waters are intrinsically linked forever to The Tweed; music and water are universal, they both play the same song in the hearts of humanity.

For Paul Chamberlain and Michael Haywood, their debut album First Impression is one in which to savour the joy of discovery that the accordion, saxophone, violin and clarinet not only sit together well as they dance upon the knife edge of innovation but they can produce such uplifting and gregarious beauty as it flows along the entire recording.

The range of traditional songs that will appeal to the listener is noteworthy but not as striking as the absolute richness in which Mr. Chamberlain and Mr. Haywood perform, with the perhaps unusual combination of instruments, with innate and breathtaking significance.

It is the pleasure of hearing something that should be seen as a closely guarded secret that takes the journey for the heart to places that never seem possible, that the source of the White Nile and The Tweed are but the same places only interrupted by the remoteness of land.

In tracks such as the opening, almost forsaken and lonely, Shalakho, the excellent Traces of Thrace, the fantastic whirl of Hungarian Dance No. 2 In D MinorGentle Giant Set and the compelling and infectious Tango Pour Claude, the music speaks volumes, it soars and dips in places that are unexpected, unpredictable, suddenly sweeping as if the notes were sails driving the boat further out to sea and the crest of a wave pushing it towards foreign and interesting parts.

Trust in your musical partner is everything and both Mr. Haywood and Mr. Chamberlain have that arguably in abundance, the elation in the music exemplifies this and frames it with pride; it is a sense of pride that is noted, celebrated and above all prominent.

A wonderfully produced debut, serene, full of vigour and life, First Impression is after all what the planet seems to go by.

Ian D. Hall,  April 2016

 

Chamberlain And Haywood, First Impression. Album Review.

April 21, 2016

First Impression – Album Launch Concert

Border Telegraph Article - 19-04-16

September 29, 2015

National Chamber Music Day 2015

Chamberlain & Haywood performing onbaord Caledonian MacBrayne Ferry

On Saturday 19th September Paul Chamberlain (accordion) and Michael Haywood (Sax, Violin, Clarinet) took part in National Chamber Music Day which aims to bring music to the general public in a wide variety of settings. Organised by Enterprise Music Scotland ,their destination was the Isle of Arran on the west coast of Scotland. They performed in ‘Little Rock’ Cafe,  and then gave a concert on the ferry crossing from Brodick back to the mainland.

Chamberlain & Haywood performing onbaord Caledonian MacBrayne Ferry

Chamberlain & Haywood performing onbaord Caledonian MacBrayne Ferry on National Chamber Music Day

June 28, 2015

Concert in the Elliot Bandstand – Wilton Park Hawick on Sunday 28th June 2015

Following on from last year’s ‘Film in the Park’, we will be playing on Sunday 28th June in the Bandstand at Wilton Park, Hawick. The concert is free and begins at 2pm. If you are in the borders this weekend, come along to hear our eclectic mix of Balkan, Tango, Russian and Scottish traditional music. (with a touch of Mozart and Brahms for good measure)

In a fortnight we also will be recording our first CD together as Chamberlain & Haywood with Matt Harvey at Maybank Studios in Glasgow.

Chamberlain & Haywood perform in Hawick on Sunday 28th June.

Chamberlain & Haywood perform in Hawick on Sunday 28th June.

September 2, 2014

Concert at Merlin Music Academy – Friday 21st November

On Friday 21st November Paul Chamberlain (accordion) and Michael Haywood (sax, violin, whistle) return with a new programme to perform at Merlin. Their unique blend of world music will include a selection of Hungarian Gypsy melodies, Argentine Tango, and traditional Scottish tunes. The concert begins at 7.30pm and ticket price (Adults £8 / U-18 £50 includes a free glass of wine or soft drink at the interval

Chamberlain & Haywood at Merlin Music 21st November 2014

Here is a video from their recent concert at Edinburgh Fringe Festival