Foot Stompin’ Free Scottish Music Podcast No 41

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A Good Suit of Clothes by Fiona J Mackenzie

A Good Suit of Clothes by Fiona J Mackenzie

We’re back again with the podcast. I took a couple of weeks out there to be at Hands Up for Trad’s 10th Tinto Summer School. It was a great success with our highest roll ever at 61 young people. It was held at Wiston Lodge in South Lanarkshire and the young folks learnt lots of trad music, played football and rounders and sang campfire songs. You can find out more at www.tintosummerschool.com. Here’s a link to the 2009 tinto summer school video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PlAwcq-W_k.

I’ve also just released my latest album / video art entitled Self Portrait 2009. It’s the first ever UK album to be released on YouTube and is a series of videos documenting my life and music in 2009. Some of it is Scottish music some of it isn’t… Here’s an article in The Herald about it and you can view it here http://www.footstompin.com/simonthoumire. Tell me what you think (it’s meant to be radical…)

Nae Sleep Tae Regent Street by The Dangleberries
Track – The Screamin’ Yab Dabs
I don’t know much about this band but they make a lot of noise! They seem to be a heavy metal version of the Red Hot Chili Pipers (they also say that they were first!). It’s a lof of fun anyhows and we sell a lot of them at Foot Stompin’.

A Good Suit of Clothes (Deagh Dheis Aodaich) by Fiona J Mackenzie
Track – Òran a’ Chianalais
Fiona is a Gaelic singer resident in Inverness who won the Mod Gold Medal in 2005. She has been working for Highland Council directing the Màiri Mhòr Gaelic Song Fellowship from 2002 -2009. We play a great track which struck not only because of the great singing but the excellent supporting musician ship

Double Take by Ian Robertson & Rob Alderton
Track – Jigs
I put this track on and instantly started tapping foot. This real dance music and proves that you don’t have to play at 10,000 miles an hour to swing

I Saw the Wild Geese Flee by Jim Reid
Track – The Wild Geese/Norland Wind
We heard last week of the death of Jim Reid last week. Jim was a songwriter and tradition bearer of high renoun. He was presented a few years back with the Scots Singer of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards and accepted the Award by saying ‘Aboot time tae’. A perfect acceptance. Norland Wind is Jim’s version of the Violet Jacob poem The Wild Geese which he recites first on this track.

Tribute – Dougie MacLean
Track – Ca’ the Yowes
Dougie MacLean is appearing on the 25/26th at The Gathering in Edinburgh. This looks like a great event and features lots of Scottish bands including Capercaillie, Julie Fowlis, Battlefield Band, Daimh, Breabach and much more. Check it out here http://www.clangathering.org/.

Huinka by The Chair
Track – The Folky Gibbon
This is a great band from Orkney. This record has been out for a while now but always comes out in our house when it is time for dancing. Look out for them at a festival near you.

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