Scottish Folk at Its Best

Scottish Folk at Its Best

     
 
Thankfully moving beyond the basic fife and drum, bagpipe-heavy music usually associated with Scottish music, this compilation of folk music swings back and forth between the overly stereotypical ethereal female vocal sound and the contemporary singer/songwriter version of the pipe bands. The album leans a bit toward the ethereal, a bonus for fans of the

Overview

Thankfully moving beyond the basic fife and drum, bagpipe-heavy music usually associated with Scottish music, this compilation of folk music swings back and forth between the overly stereotypical ethereal female vocal sound and the contemporary singer/songwriter version of the pipe bands. The album leans a bit toward the ethereal, a bonus for fans of the Celtic Woman phenomenon. However, there's some very interesting fusion between the new and the old here. Tannas' "Sabhal Ia'n Ic Uisdean" seems to have elements of African rhythms in their drumming and singing styles, Old Blind Dogs use a jittery guitar groove and thumping beat underneath their fairly traditional singing in "Johnny O'Braidsislee," and an almost island-based picking style in "Mormond Braes." Contemporary folk in Scotland has a lot to offer, and as long as listeners can get over their fear of pipes, this one will provide a nice look at those offerings.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/08/2008
Label:
Arc Music
UPC:
0743037215121
catalogNumber:
2151
Rank:
15816

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ross Kennedy   Bouzouki,Guitar,Vocals
Gavin Marwick   Fiddle,Mandolin
Brian McAlpine   Piano
Wendy Weatherby   Cello,Vocals
Julia Legge   Fiddle,Background Vocals
Ian F. Benzie   Guitar,Vocals
Doreen MacKay   Vocals
Annie Grace   Pipe,Vocals,Human Whistle
Tony Howard   Guitar
Jonny Hardie   Bouzouki,Fiddle,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Hudson Swan   Fiddle
Fraser Fifield   Soprano Saxophone,Human Whistle,Border Pipes
Buzzby McMillan   Electric Bass,Vocals,Cittern,Low Whistle
Davy Cattenach   Percussion,Vocals
Sandra MacKay   Vocals
Jason Dove   Accordion,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Mike Garden   Guitar,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Jimmy MacLeod   Percussion,Drums,Guest Appearance
Alistair McCulloch   Fiddle,Human Whistle

Technical Credits

Jerry Holland   Composer
Ross Kennedy   Arranger
Brian McAlpine   Arranger
Diz Heller   translation
Murdo MacFarlane   Composer
Anna Mhoireach   Arranger
Hudson Swan   Composer
Fraser Fifield   Arranger
Traditional   Composer
Alex Stokes   Cover Design
Duncan Johnstone   Composer
Jeannine Blanpain   translation

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