Review: “Hybrid Vigor” by Beth Patterson


Eclectic. That’s how you might describe this album by Beth Patterson. She drums up the courage to sing in French on only the second track – which is not entirely inappropriate for a Louisiana native – and manages to pull it off. With that test out of the way, it’s easy to continue down the path of eclecticism she’s walked into.

The album includes tracks that, while retaining the typical Celtic sound, venture boldly into jazz and Cajun territory, and sound all the better for it. Traditional Celtic tunes, such as ‘Heather on the Moor’ and ‘Ye Jacobites By Name’, are also present.

Far from being safe choices however, Beth Patterson manages to give them a twist that really makes them swing, just like the rest of the music on Hybrid Vigor.


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