HEX is the much-anticipated new album from Scottish outfit Hò-rò. Winners in the ‘Up and Coming Artist of the Year’ category at 2017’s MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, the young band from the Scottish Highlands & Islands are releasing their second album HEX on Friday 25th May.
Two years on from the release of their first album, Hò-rò were eager to get back into the studio to record this new material. Their second album showcases a new sound from the band - over the past year their live show has grown from the original 4-piece into a 6-piece and with this has come a development in their sound. With the artwork and title portraying a hexagon theme, the band have chosen this to illustrate the 6 different musical approaches they took when making the album.
Each of the six members (Calum MacPhail, Lucy Doogan, Sean Cousins, Crisdean MacDonald, Paul Martin and DC Macmillan) bring their own musical background and style to the live performance and this has been reflected in the album - a very unique sound that draws inspiration from each individual’s musical taste and background. Hò-rò’s line-up features bagpipes, border pipes, accordion, fiddle and whistles juxtaposing with guitar, keyboards, drums and bodhran. This diverse instrumental mix is complemented by Gaelic and Scottish song.