Rough Guide to Scottish Music [1996]

The Rough Guide to Scottish Music [1996]

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One of the very early entries in the Rough Guides series of CDs, the first Rough Guide to Scottish Music makes a fair stab at trying to collect the traditional and contemporary, the ancient and the new, and the revered and the blasphemous in Scottish music. The album opens with Wolfstone and some contemporary Scot rock, complete with

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One of the very early entries in the Rough Guides series of CDs, the first Rough Guide to Scottish Music makes a fair stab at trying to collect the traditional and contemporary, the ancient and the new, and the revered and the blasphemous in Scottish music. The album opens with Wolfstone and some contemporary Scot rock, complete with bagpipes, fiddle, electric piano, and rock drum kit. Cathie Ann MacPhee provides an old Gaelic piece, and Capercaillie provides a brand new Gaelic piece to follow. Iron Horse turns in an instrumental piece of atmospheric music, and Talitha MacKenzie (formerly of Mouth Music) incorporates Tuvan throat singing, African drumming, and a club beat into a Gaelic song to stunning effect. After a short martial interlude, the Cast contributes a piece of what is essentially the Scottish end of the Celtic song style. The towering figure of Dick Gaughan is represented with a piece from his major Handful of Earth album, and the Tannahill Weavers toss in a nice piece on a number of fiddles. The Boys of the Lough provide another look at Scottish Celtic traditions, Heather Heywood continues the theme with her voice, and Tannas pumps the beat back up a bit with some call-and-response singing and drumming. Before the album is over, more representatives of the Scottish folk revival scene show up for a number, followed always by another fine example of the same. There's a decent amount of variety here to be heard, and though there's something of a mild lack in the field of the absolute newest developments in Scottish revivalism (including some of the hardest-edged rock involving bagpipes since AC/DC), that's mostly addressed in the later second volume disc. This one's a fine introduction into contemporary Scottish music, keeping an eye on its influences from traditional forms.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/02/1996
Label:
World Music Network
UPC:
0605633100426
catalogNumber:
1004

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Battlefield Band   Track Performer
Boys of the Lough   Track Performer
Capercaillie   Track Performer
Dick Gaughan   Track Performer
Bert Jansch   Track Performer
Tannahill Weavers   Track Performer
Heather Heywood   Track Performer
Ceolbeg   Track Performer
Catherine-Ann Macphee   Track Performer
Wolfstone   Track Performer
Talitha MacKenzie   Track Performer
Tannas   Track Performer
Iron Horse   Track Performer
Old Blind Dogs   Track Performer
Ring O Steall   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Battlefield Band   Arranger
Francis   Arranger
Talitha MacKenzie   Arranger
D. Steele   Contributor
Tannas   Arranger
Iron Horse   Arranger
J. Michael Walker   Arranger
Peter Boond   Arranger

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