Scotland: The Real Music from Contemporary Caledonia

Scotland: The Real Music from Contemporary Caledonia

     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/24/2003
Label:
Smithsonian Folkways
UPC:
0093074051122
catalogNumber:
40511
Rank:
199037

Tracks

  1. The Atlantic Reels: Mac Iain Oig's/The Scot Erin Reel/Yester Man's Hand
  2. Norland Wind
  3. Ruileadh Calleach, Sheatadh Calleach/The Bird's Nest/Harris Dance
  4. The Last Trip Home/The Luckenbooth
  5. Flashmarket Close/MacArther/Colonel Fraser/The Swallow's Tail
  6. Garden Valley
  7. Cànan Nan Gàidheal
  8. The Silver Darlin's
  9. Miss Wharton Duff/The Mare
  10. Thaney
  11. Slave's Lament
  12. No Gods and Precious Few Heroes
  13. Eynhallow Soond/The Halloween Flit
  14. Jimmy's Gone to Flanders
  15. Two Waulking Songs
  16. Men O' Worth
  17. The Pearl
  18. Oor Hamlet
  19. Da Sneck O' da Smaalle/Doon Fae Nort/Jenna Reid of Quarff
  20. Both Sides the Tweed

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Tony Cuffe   Arranger
Dick Gaughan   Composer
Dougie MacLean   Composer
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
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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