Urstan

Urstan

by Alasdair Roberts
     
 

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The story of this album's genesis is as fascinating as the songs found on it. Through Glasgow, Scotland's Centre for Contemporary Arts, Scottish artist and student of traditional U.K. folk music Alasdair Roberts and singer, actress, and playwright Mairi Morrison were brought together to collaborate on an album that would celebrate Gaelic culture and language. The…  See more details below

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The story of this album's genesis is as fascinating as the songs found on it. Through Glasgow, Scotland's Centre for Contemporary Arts, Scottish artist and student of traditional U.K. folk music Alasdair Roberts and singer, actress, and playwright Mairi Morrison were brought together to collaborate on an album that would celebrate Gaelic culture and language. The result is a collection of tunes -- some traditional, some written specifically for the album by Roberts and Morrison -- providing a stirring and spirited listening experience, particularly when the pair, backed up by an able ensemble of bass, fiddle, and drums, kicks up some dust on swirling, stomping numbers like "Larach do Thacaidean" and "Hion Dail-a Horo Hi." The album also connects these traditional Gaelic songs with the worldwide folk tradition. "Ailein Duinn" stands as a direct antecedent to the Appalachian lament "O Death" (heard most notably on the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack), and "The Laird o' the Drum" moves with the woozy joy of a modern pop act. What comes across most effectively is the ease that both Roberts and Morrison have with one another. Their vocals settle in together comfortably. That feeling adds even more bubbling warmth to this already toasty disc. ~ Robert Ham

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/27/2012
Label:
Drag City
UPC:
0781484049821
catalogNumber:
498

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alasdair Roberts   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
David McGuinness   Piano,Harmonium
Mike Hastings   Harmonica
Allan MacDonald   Flute,Small Pipes
Mairi Morrison   Vocals
Peter Nicholson   Cello
Stevie Jones   Bass,Piano
Alex Neilson   Drums
Michael John McCarthy   Accordion
Ross McCrae   Trombone
Richard Merchant   Trumpet
Alastair Caplin   Fiddle,Mandolin

Technical Credits

Allan MacDonald   Whistle
Mairi Morrison   Arranger,Composer
Alasdair Roberts   Arranger,Composer
Traditional   Composer
Marcus Mackay   Engineer
Stevie Jones   Arranger
Alex Neilson   Arranger
Alastair Caplin   Arranger,Composer
Margaret Smith   Composer
Michael J. Rocks   Liner Notes
Ishbel Murray   Paintings
Beathag Morrison   translation

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