Secret People

Secret People

by Capercaillie


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Secret People

Capercaillie is a Scottish band steeped in the folk tradition but unafraid of synthesizers, drums and dance beats. Try to imagine the Afro-Scottish fusion of Mouth Music crossed with the new age leanings of Clannad, and you'll have a good idea of what to expect -- lush, pretty settings of stark Celtic melodies with English and Scots Gaelic lyrics delivered by an athletic but restrained female singer. It's a winning combination, and there's hardly a misstep on this fine album. Sure, the evil landowner figure in "Four Stone Walls" is drawn a bit broadly, and the lyrics to "Grace and Pride" are a bit maudlin (what does it mean for honesty to "flow by one's side"?) but these minor flaws are more than compensated for by such stirring moments as "Seice Ruairidh" and "Hi Rim Bo," two pieces of traditional puirt-a-beuil ("mouth music") which were never meant to be accompanied at all but which benefit greatly from the bouncy synth-funk treatment they get here. And "Crime of Passion" is a heart-rendingly lovely ballad which avoids the sappy pitfalls of "Grace and Pride." Singer Karen Matheson has a wonderful voice that will remind Celtic pop fans of Mary Black; the rest of the band do a fine job blending traditional instruments with electronic ones to bring out the best qualities of both.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/29/2003
Label: Valley
UPC: 0618321516829
catalogNumber: 15168
Rank: 193838

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Capercaillie   Primary Artist
Dónal Lunny   Bodhran
Marc Duff   Synthesizer,Human Whistle,Whistle (Instrument),Bodhran,Soloist,Wind Synthesizer
Manus Lunny   Bouzouki,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Bazouki
James MacKintosh   Percussion,Drums
Karen Matheson   Vocals
Charlie McKerron   Fiddle
Ian Murray   Drums
John Saich   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals,Synthesizer Bass
Donald Shaw   Accordion,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Iain Murray   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Capercaillie   Arranger
Dónal Lunny   Producer
Calum Malcolm   Producer,Engineer
Donald Shaw   Composer
Merton Gauster   Cover Photo
Mary Unobsky   Composer
Danny Ironstone   Composer

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