by Catriona McKayCatriona McKay


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Although superb harpist Catriona McKay might be informed by the folk tradition of her native Scotland, her music moves far, far beyond that. She might work with Fiddler's Bid and folk artists, but she's also classically trained, and has a questing mind in her own compositions and interpretations. She's also the designer of the new Starfish McKay harp, which utilizes new tunings. On the basis of this, she's a real virtuoso who freely and readily crosses musical boundaries. The playing sparkles throughout Starfish (not only from McKay, but from all her accompanists), with "Swan LK243" a standout, while the reels that make up "Lums O' Lund" truly dance out of the speakers. She's also an accomplished composer and arranger with an ear not only for a strong melody but also how to develop it. The closer, "Mareel," ends the disc on a slightly different and more experiment note in a duet with laptop musician Alistair MacDonald, but it's still very accessible. This offers a good introduction to Catriona McKay's different musical facets -- and every one of them is golden.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/26/2008
Label: Compass Records
UPC: 0766397448923
catalogNumber: 4489
Rank: 109318

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Catriona McKay   Primary Artist,Harp
Gerald Gregory   Strings,Violin
Nancy Johnson   Strings,Viola
Magnus Johnston   Strings,Violin
Fionán DeBarra   Guitar
Donald "Danny Champagne" Grant   Fiddle
Felix Tanner   Strings,Viola

Technical Credits

Stuart Hamilton   Engineer
Brian Finnegan   Composer
Siobhán Long   Author
Louis DeCarlo   Cover Art
Donald "Danny Champagne" Grant   String Director
Catriona McKay   Arranger,Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
Steven Spence   Composer

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