Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Music In Scotland - July 2013 New Releases


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Solas - Shamrock City [CD]

The Story of Michael Conway and the remarkable history of Butte, MT Combine to form the backbone of Shamrock City. Conway arrived there from Ireland in 1910 to work in the copper mines. Shamrock City is the story of the Butte he may of experienced.

They were mining for copper, yet perseverance and dignity were perhaps the most precious commodities to ever come from the Richest Hill on Earth. We each have a story to tell, and many of these stories began a long way from the places we now call home...

1. Intro
2. Far Americay
3. Tap 'Er Light
4. Tell God And The Devil
5. Michael Conway
6. Girls On The Line
7. My Fancy
8. Lay Your Money Down
9. Columbia Gardens
10. Arbor Day (Featuring Aoife O' Donovan)
11. Welcome The Unknown
12. And Now, A Banjo Moment
13. High, Wide And Handsome (The Wagoner / Twenty Eighth of January
14. Labour Song (Featuring Dick Gaughan)
15. Am I Born To Die
16. No Forgotten Man

Tony McManus - Mysterious Boundaries [CD]

The extremely talented Tony McManus is now regarded as one of the foremost guitarists of the Traditional / Contemporary / Celtic / Americana music scenes and regularly gigs and tours with some of the heavyweights in these musical genres from North America and elsewhere. Tony has now added another genre to his diverse music and has recorded an album of music more associated with the world of classical music. This is Tony in his element as ever and the CD will add a legion of new fans to his already massive following.

1. Les Barricades Mysterieuses
2. Allemande
3. Spanish Dance
4. Goldberg
5. Gnossienne #1
6. Prelude
7. Nigra Sum
8. Pange Lingua
9. Chaconne
10. Les Barricades Mysterieuses (Baritone guitar)

The Flooers O’ The Forest - Songs And Music Of Flodden [CDx2]

This is the 500th Anniversary of The Battle of Flodden when an English Army crushed a Scottish Army. This was slaughter, on both sides, on a terrible scale. The album (2 x CDs at single CD price) is dedicated to the memory of all those who fell on the bloody battlefield in September, 1513.

CD 1

1. Flooers o’ The Forest (Dick Gaughan)
2. Ettrick (Archie Fisher and Garnet Rogers)
3. Flodden’s Green Loaning (Celticburn)
4. Lord Yester – (Lau vs Karine Polwart)
5. Flodden Field (Steve McDonald)
6. The Flodden Ride (Rob Bell)
7. Flodden Field – Child Ballad 168 (The Owel Service and Alison O’Donnell)
8. The Bonnie Banner Blue (Children of Drumlanrig and St Cuthberts Primary School Hawick)
9. The Recruiting Service Drum/Sons of Heroes (McCalman, Quigg & Bayne)
10. Sorrowlessfield (Karine Polwart)
11. Auld Selkirk (Gary Cleghorn)
12. The Wail of Flodden (Scocha)
13. Soutars o’ Selkirk/The Deid Cat (Drinkers’ Drouth with Davy Steele)
14. The Ears of The Wolf (Robin Laing)
15. The Flooers o’ The Forest – Inst. (Gary West)

CD 2

1. Flodden Hill (Iain Anderson)
2. The Tale of Richard Lawson (John Shedden)
3. The Warning to The King at Linlithgow (Iain Anderson)
4. The Flodden Dead Mass (John Shedden)
5. Edinburgh After Flodden (John Shedden)
6. Flodden (Iain Anderson)
7. Flodden (Marmion)/Flooers o’ The Forest (Alastair McDonald)

Adam Sutherland - Squall [CD]

Highly respected Scottish fiddler on the south shores of Loch Ness, releases his innovative debut solo CD. The music consists entirely of Adam's own brand of new tunes and was recorded live in front of an audience at Ullapool's Ceilidh Place with his band - Marc Clement on guitar, Iain Copeland on drums and John Spiers on acoustic and electric Bass.

1. Thorb The Robot / Rosie Shand of Grantown
2. Tallysow / Heather and Pete
3. Iris
4. Europarty
5. Sandor Feher
6. Steve Foreman's
7. Ship Number 81
8. Squall
9. Mad Mike's Return to Rum / The Roybridge Reel

Adam Sutherland (Fiddle)
Marc Clement (Guitar + Additional Keyboard)
Iain Copeland (Drums)
John Paul Spiers (Electric & Double Bass)

Donald Shaw - Hebrides - Islands On The Edge (Original Score) [CD]

A number of Traditional well know shanties along with three loved Shetland Dialect songs and one, the title track, completely new. All sung by the most Northerly shanty group in the U.K.

1. Blow the man down
2. A'rovin
3. The Diamond
4. Venezuela
5. Pump Shanty
6. Mingulay Boat Song
7. Leave her, Johnny
8. Bell-bottemed Trousers
9. Drunken Sailor
10. Spanish Ladies
11. Dutch Medley
12. Farewell ta Yell
13. Song o da Papa Men
14. Gyaan ta da Far Haaf
15. Shoals of Herring
16. Whisky Johnny
17. Ogilvie's boat
18. Silver Darlings

Noel McLoughlin - Home Is The Rover [CD]

The long awaited brand new album from Noel McLoughlin, with new Irish and Scottish songs and instrumentals. The songs: Twa Bonnie Maidens, The Old Dungarvan Oak, Roseville Fair, Hornpipes medley, Song of the Fishgutters, Little Brigid Flynn, Dido Bendigo, Dancing at Whitsun, Highland Harry, Jigs medley, John of Dreams.

1. Twa Bonnie Maidens (Trad. Arr. McLoughlin)
2. The Old Dungarvan Oak (Hennessy / Arr. McLoughlin)
3. Roseville Fair (Staines / Arr. McLoughlin)
4. Hornpipes: The Stack of Barley / Love, Will You Marry Me (Trad. Arr. McLoughlin / Costello)
5. Song of the Fishgutters (Trad. Arr. McLoughlin)
6. Little Brigid Flynn (French / Arr. McLoughlin)
7. Dido, Bendigo (Trad. Arr. McLoughlin)
8. Dancing at Whitsun (Marshall / Arr. McLoughlin)
9. Highland Harry (Trad. Arr. McLoughlin)
10. Jigs: Tatter Jack Walsh, Tom Wards, Out on the Ocean (Trad. Arr. McLoughlin / Costello)
11. John of Dreams (Caddick / Arr. McLoughlin)
12. The Flower of France and England O (Trad. Arr. McLoughlin)
13. Fisher Row (Trad. Arr. McLoughlin)
14. I’ll go No More A-roving With You, Fair Maid (Trad. Arr. McLoughlin)

The Paul McKenna Band - Elements [CD]

Elements is the 3rd Paul McKenna album released by Greentrax Recordings since the band's formation in 2006. Paul McKenna picked up 'Best Up & Coming Artist of 2009' at the MG Alba Scots Trad Awards on the release of their 1st Album 'Between Two Worlds'.

Their arrangements are fresh & innovative but do not stray too far from their traditional roots. Their sound is exciting and is created by the solid lead vocals and guitar of Paul McKenna, the driving bouzouki and mandolin of David McNee, the rhythmic fiddle and banjo of Mike Vass and the melodic flute and whistles of Sean Gray plus the explosive beat of Ewan Baird's bodhran.

1. Lonely Man
2. Mickey Dam
3. Indiana
4. Ruins By The Shore
5. Flying Through Flanders
6. Mother Nature
7. Michael Hayes
8. Cold Missouri Waters
9. Take Your Time
10. No Ash Will Burn - Live


Fullsceilidh Spelemannslag - 500 Sessions [CD]

A group of talented Shetland musicians, who are building a reputation for releasing their high octane maelstrom of feverish melodies on audiences, to great appeal. A Shetland fiddle driven line-up backed by a multi-punch packing rhythm section, their repotoire is drawn from their own Shetland tradition as well as Nordic and Celtic influences.

1. Craa Dang Pussy (Coil Awa Da Hawser, Craa Dang Pussy, Da Spirit o' Whisky, Square Da Mizzen)
2. Spreefix (Spreefix, Beoga)
3. Liz Carroll's (Anlon McKinney, Winnie Hayes' Jig, Ardara Sessions, Asailin Ag Seainin)
4. Trip To Austin (Gladlaten, Trip To Austin)
5. Cavers (Cavers of Kirkcudbright, The Rolling Wave)
6. Pure Sandy (The Pier Heid Reel, Sandy Macaulay, Pure Sandy)
7. Da Blinnd Deuk (Da Blinnd Deuk's Hoose, Le Petit Bal a L'huile)
8. Danish Tunes (Two English Dances from Bornholm, Jean Pole's Polka)
9. Redbird (Salty River Reel, The Three Forks of Cumberland, Redbird)
10. Dreamers

Ewan Thomson (Fiddle, Guitar,Tenor Banjo)
Lois Nicol (Fiddle)
Maurice Henderson (Fiddle, Mandolin, Melodeon)
Ross Couper (Fiddle)
Mark Laurenson (Fiddle, Mandolin)
Helen Whitham (Fiddle)
Stewart Grains (Fiddle)
Grant Nicol (Guitar, Bass Drone Mandola, Mandolin)
Peter Wood (Piano)
John Clark (Bass Guitar, Upright Bass, Tenor Banjo, Mandolin)
Davie Jamieson (Drums, Percussion)

Freeland Barbour - Music For Old Time Dancing Volume 5 [CD]

The fifth in is a series of CDs for Old Time Dancing by ace accordionist Freeland Barbour.

1. Figure (The Quadrilles)
2. Figure (The Quadrilles)
3. Figure (The Quadrilles)
4. Figure (The Quadrilles)
5. Figure (The Quadrilles)
6. Figure (The Quadrilles)
7. The Cuckoo Waltz (Waltz)
8. The Boston Two Step (Two Step)
9. Valse Superbe (Waltz)
10. Melodie Foxtrot (Foxtrot)
11. Mayfair Quickstep (Quickstep)
12. Progressive Waltz (Waltz)
13. The Gainsborough Glide (Glide)
14. Polka Mazurka (Mazurka)
15. The One Step (One Step/March)
16. La Rosa (Waltz)
17. The Roberts (Two Step)
18. The University Waltz (Waltz)
19. The Maxina (Maxina)
20. The Viennese Waltz (Waltz)
21. The Southern Two Step (Two Step)
22. Fiona's Polka (2/4 Polka)
23. Moonbeam Waltz (Waltz)
24. Sherrie Saunter (Saunter)
25. A Waltz For The Queen (Waltz)
26. The Mississippi Hot Dog (5x32 Reels)
27. The Bluebell Polka (Polka)

Phil MacLennan Smillie - Sound Of Taransay [CD]

Sound of Taransay is an exquisite collection of some of the most melodic tunes you will hear in many years. It is an irresistible combination of tuneful composing, skilled arrangement, incredibly talented musicians, and many years of experience in the joy of making music.

1. Finavon Castle (Finlay MacLennan Smillie of Finavon Castle, Braes of Castle Grant, Ruileadh Cailleach, 'heatadh Cailleach)
2. Captain Kim Frizzell (Savannah waltz, Captain Kim Frizzell)
3. Sound Of Taransay
4. West Of Rockall (Captain Craig Brown, West of Rockall)
5. Reel For Ruairidh (The Golden Road, Reel for Ruairidh)
6. West Coast Airs (Aignish, Oran Na Cair-Ora, The Mermaid Song)
7. Old Pier Road (Ca Beleno, The Bell Rock, Old Pier Road)
8. The North Shore
9. Magor John MacLennan (Major John MacLennan Gordon Highlanders, Jessie Smith, Domhnall Dubh)
10. Megan's Wedding (Strath March, Megan's Wedding)

Aaron Jones (Bouzouki / Guizouki / Bass)
Russel Hunter (Piano)
Dougie MacLean (Fiddle)
Gary Innes (Accordion)
Ross Ainsley (Highland Bagpipes)
Fred Morrison (Uilleann Pipes)
Charlie McKerron (Fiddle)
Dougie McCance (Border Pipes)
Hugh 'Shuggie' MacCallum (Percussion)
John Martin (Fiddle)
Patsy Sneddon (Harp)
Stuart Morrison (Fiddle)
Kenny Forsyth (Highland Bagpipes)


Mairearad Green & Anna Massie - Doubling [CD]

A Doubling is a bagpipe ornament, two sounds on one note. Our first album was recorded live, just the two of us-the double act. This album still features only two musicians, but we have doubled up in a lot of places, to make a bigger sound, including the Highland pipes.

1. T-Shirts in March
2. Life in the Vass Lane
3. Retreat Marches
4. Teviot
5. Polska fran Sormland
6. Can’t Play A House
7. Miss Proud
8. The Rollercoaster
9. Hornpipes
10. Pipe Jigs
11. The Cottage
12. F Set

Jimmy Shand and his Band - Jimmy’s Fancy [CD]

One of Jimmy Shand’s earliest LPs, recorded in 1961, “Jimmy’s Fancy” features a selection of Scottish dance music at its best in the distinctive Shand Style. With excellent tempo and swing, the album was recorded in a live dance setting with the dancers of the Royal Scottish Dance Society. The enthusiasm with which the band plays and the audible responses of the dancers to the music creates a very lively atmosphere which makes for highly enjoyable listening.

1. The White Cockade
2. Jimmy’s Fancy
3. The Express
4. La Tempete
5. Jessie’s Hornpipe
6. The Bluebell Polka
7. The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh
8. Donald Bane
9. Waverley

Ian Powrie and his Scottish Dance Band - Vintage Powrie [CD]

A great selection of vintage tracks by the legendary Ian Powrie Scottish Dance Band. Recorded in the late 1950s and early 1960s, these tracks truly stand the test of time. They have been digitally cleaned and enhanced from the original vinyl records and, in the case of the first track 'Speed The Plough', from a 78 rpm. Also included are four tracks by accordionists Mickie Ainsworth and Jimmy Blue.

1. Speed The Plough - Reels
2. Ian MacFadyen’s Polka
3. Waltz Medley
4. High Level Hornpipe Selection
5. Dark Island Medley
6. Johnny McGill
7. Dunoon Barn Dance
8. Scottish Polka
9. Kingussie Flower
10. Black Bear Pipe Medley
11. Caledonian Country Dance
12. North Eastern Medley
13. Mrs Hepburn Belches Of Invermey
14. Gaelic Waltz
15. Letham Polka
16. Scottish Soldier Pipe Medley

Jim Macleod and his Band - The Sound Of Scotland [CD]

The name of Jim MacLeod is synonymous with the best in Scottish dance music. This recording was made in the early 1960s. Although Jim has sadly passed away, his music lives on and this album gives us a taste of the band in fine fettle.

1. Grand March
2. Dashing White Sergeant
3. Scottish Waltz
4. Argyll’s Fancy
5. Foursome Reel and Reel of Tulloch
6. Pipe Marches
7. Reel of the 51st Division
8. Strip The Willow
9. Gaelic Waltz
10. Gay Gordons
11. Eightsome Reel

Alistair McDonald - River for Peace [CD]

Alastair McDonald puts forward his argument that there is a place for 'Songs of Peace' rather than just the black & white of 'war' and 'love'.

1. Soldiers Who Want To Be Heroes
2. Roll Jordan – Peace Like A River
3. Andorra
4. Johnny I Hardly New You
5. No Trident
6. Strangest Dream
7. Bring Him Home (Wars of Germanie)
8. Bells Of Rhymney
9. Join The Army – Sergeant Where’s Mine
10. The Recruitin’ Sergeant
11. Gone For A Soldier (Shool Aroon)
12. Sunday Night

Alastair McDonald - A Bright Ring of Words [CD]

Scotland`s great poets set to music & song; Burns, Scott, Tannahill, RL Stevenson & more. Presented & sung by Alastair McDonald with guest contributions from Peter Morrison & Samuel Monaghan & featuring Findlay Cameron as William Topaz McGonnagal.

1. Blue Bonnets
2. Ye Banks & Braes
3. Bonnie Joann
4. Braes o’ Balquidder
5. Dark LochnaGar
6. Hail to the Chief
7. Floo’ers o’ Flanders
8. The Tay Bridge Disaster
9. Jock o’ Hazeldene
10. Willie Brew’d a Peck o’ Maut
11. My Garden
12. Rattlin’ Roarin’ Willie
13. Harper of Mull
14. Address to the New Tay Bridge
15. Birks o’ Aberfeldy
16. Toys & Brooches
17. The Tarbolton Lassies
18. The Road Before Me (The Vagabond)
19. Westlin Winds
20. Rob Roy McGregor
21. Bright Ring of Words

North Sea Gas - The Fire & The Passion Of Scotland [CD]

Thirty years and stronger than ever! North Sea Gas are one of Scotland's most popular folk bands combining great vocal harmonies and musicianship with an ever present dash of good humour. Always in demand and regularly touring the band are sure to entertain their fans old and new with this latest collection of songs and tunes.

1. Aye No No
2. Back O' Bennachie
3. Calling Doon The Line
4. Set of Tunes - Frank's Reel/Hull's Reel/The Road To Errogie
5. Tide Full In
6. I'm Having A Bit Tonight
7. Maggie Lauder
8. Song For The Mira
9. The Standard On The Braes O' Mar
10. Windmills
11. White Cockade
12. Fear a' Bhata
13. The Battle O' Harlaw
14. It's A Wonderful Thing

Rachel Hair - Claasagh Volume 1 [Book]

A new Manx harp book has been produced by professional Celtic harpist Rachel Hair. Claasagh, which is Manx Gaelic for harp, is a collection of 20 traditional tunes, arranged by Rachel for her students in the Isle of Man.

Rachel’s beautiful arrangements in Claasagh volume 1 range from elementary to advanced level, with well-known easier favourites such as 'Smuggler’s Lullaby' to a jazzy interpretation of 'Car ny Ferrishyn', and so the book is a useful to addition to any harpist’s repertoire and a great introduction to the rich tradition of Manx music.

1. Arrane Ben Drogh Hraghtalagh
2. Hie Mee Stiagh
3. Illiam Boght
4. Juan y Jaggad Keeir
5. Chanter’s Tune
6. Hop-tu-naa
7. Arrane Ben-Vlieaun
8. Eunyssagh Vona
9. Wandescope
10. Moirrey ny Cainle
11. Arrane y Chlean
12. Gyn Ennym
13. Mylecharaine’s March
14. Girls of Balladoole
15. Ta Cashen
16. Kirree fo Niaghtey
17. Car Juan Nan
18. Cum yn Shenn Oanrey Cheh
19. Car ny Ferrishyn
20. Graih Foalsey