Occasionally a review is difficult. Not because you find yourself liking a bad band or disliking a good one but because on another evening, at another dance, you know people will come away with a completely different impression.

I suspect that Stocai is going to be one of those bands. People will love them or wonder what the fuss is about and which way the coin comes down will probably depend on the caller.

Stocai play mainly their own tunes plus a mix from France, Scandinavia and beyond. Not a standard English Ceilidh/Folk dance selection, some tunes work better than others of course and some require a little more polishing as dance tunes to give them that necessary 'lift'. They are not tunes which work with heavyfooted 'one two three kick jump' type ceilidh dances. Stocai are not a Rock Ceilidh band in that respect. Even more than with Token Women, they need a very careful matching of the dance to the music. The good news is that, when it works, it really works really well!


Champagne Brawl

Stocai, 1998, Harbourtown, HarCD 033

Not many Eceilidh CD's give you a tingle down the spine... this one does, recommended.

  • Poolside Polka (Cliff Stapleton)
  • Cafe Charbons Jig (Trad / Queen of Hearts (John Kirkpatrick)
  • Scottish à Virmoux (Trad / Biscuit Shuffle (Cliff Stapleton)
  • Boodle Lope / Lambert Waddle (Heather Vigar-Horsley)
  • Dampolksa (Dan Malmquist)
  • The Hornet (Kevin Adams)
  • Sail Away Ladies (Trad) / Horseshoes and Rainbows (Oliver Schwer)
  • Boddington (Gavin Atkin) / T.J's (Dave Jolly)
  • The Tender Trap (Bob Tracy)
  • The Sty at Night (Alan Lamb)
  • Iron Legs / Champagne Brawl (Trad)

After the Brawl

Stocai, 2002, Harbourtown, HarCD 042

  • 236 (Sheena Masson) / The Cutter (Chris Walshaw)
  • Hornpipe (Trad arr Stocai) / Dune (Chris Walshaw)
  • Chocolate Dog (Heather Horsley) / Felix aus der Asche (Elke Rogge)
  • Inisheer (Thomas Walsh)
  • L'Escapade (Cantelo)
  • Auld Donald (Trad arr Stocai) / The Keyhole (Chris Walshaw)
  • Jolly Frog (Dave Jolly) / Muineira de Cabana (Emilio Corral)
  • Sugar's in the the Spotty One (Dave Jolly)
  • Sayes Court (Chris Walshaw) / Miss Hannah Jolly (Dave Jolly)
  • Thornton Jig (Trad arr Stocai) / Red Admiral (Kevin Adams)
  • Redstart (Kevin Adams) / The Big Cheese (Fiona Booth and Martin Hazel)
  • Last Lock (Kevin Adams) / Chimay Shimmy (Kevin Adams)
  • Engelska (Trad arr Stocai)

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