Scotland: The Real Music from Contemporary Caledonia

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Assembled by Fiona Ritchie of NPR's The Thistle and Shamrock, the Scotland: The Real Music From Contemporary Caledonia collection simply oozes class. In part it's the selection of artists, most of whom have years of proven talent behind them. But it's also the material. It's remarkable stuff, not merely the traditional tunes, but also the contemporary ones. None, however, is better than "Thaney," by Malinky, a ballad that sounds as if it should have the dust of ages on it, direct, powerful, and with the drone that characterizes so much Celtic music. Dougie Maclean is his usual excellent self, as is the rawer Dick Gaughan with his excoriating "No Gods and Precious Few ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Assembled by Fiona Ritchie of NPR's The Thistle and Shamrock, the Scotland: The Real Music From Contemporary Caledonia collection simply oozes class. In part it's the selection of artists, most of whom have years of proven talent behind them. But it's also the material. It's remarkable stuff, not merely the traditional tunes, but also the contemporary ones. None, however, is better than "Thaney," by Malinky, a ballad that sounds as if it should have the dust of ages on it, direct, powerful, and with the drone that characterizes so much Celtic music. Dougie Maclean is his usual excellent self, as is the rawer Dick Gaughan with his excoriating "No Gods and Precious Few Heroes." Inevitably, Robert Burns has a look-in, as well he should, when Chantan perform "Slave's Lament," one of his many excellent songs. There's simply not a bad, or even mediocre, track here. Catherine-Ann MacPhee floats in Gaelic over the harp, the Wrigley Sisters from the northerly Orkneys, and Tony Cuffe plays exquisite guitar. And, to illustrate the Scots sense of humor, Adam McNaughton contributes "Oor Hamlet," retelling the Bard's play in hilarious fashion in three minutes. A wonderful way to experience Scotland.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2003
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • UPC: 093074051122
  • Catalog Number: 40511
  • Sales rank: 371,133

Album Credits

Technical Credits
Tony Cuffe Arranger
Dick Gaughan Composer
Dougie MacLean Composer
The Tannahill Weavers Arranger
Alasdair Fraser Arranger
Maggie MacInnes Arranger
Paul Machlis Arranger
John McCusker Composer
Brian McNeill Composer
E. Miller Arranger
D. (Busha) Pincock Composer
D. Steele Composer
Phil Cunningham Composer
Pete Reiniger Mastering
Adam McNaughtan Composer
Jennifer Wrigley Composer
Chantan Arranger
A. Fisher Arranger, Composer
Artie Trezise Arranger
Hamish Henderson Composer
Traditional Composer
Fiona Ritchie Annotation
Jim Reid Composer
Nancy Groce Liner Notes
Michael McVeigh Cover Art
Robert Burns Composer
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