Foot Stompin’ January 27th 2010 newsletter

Unusual Suspects Live in Scotland

Unusual Suspects Live in Scotland

Here’s some exciting music to end a dark January. 22 piece band The Unusual Suspects made this CD a few years back and attracted amazing reviews. We’re offering it to you for £3.99! 60% OFF normal price. This offer is valid for One Week Only! One of our reviewers said “This really is an adrenalin rush featuring 22 of Scotland’s finest ‘folk’ based musicians who perform with such passion and vigour that you get the feeling they’ve all got a point to prove.” http://bit.ly/bIoJb7

1. New Releases – includes The Outside Track, Wendy Weatherby, Skipinnish Scottish Music Show
2. Foot Stompin’ Valentines Day Cards
3. Scottish music hero: Matt McGinn
4. Snippets – Job Opportunity, Happy birthday Phil Cunnngham
5. Foot Stompin’ Free Ringtone – Sonas
6. Reviews – The McCalmans, Rachel Walker
7. Best Sellers: Jean Redpath, The Occasionals, Mairearad & Anna
8. Foot Stompin’ Scotch Whisky
9. Discussion forum
10. Testimonials
11. Foot Stompin’ on Facebook and Twitter

1. New Releases (remember if you’ve bought from us before you get our loyalty 10% discount off everything)

CURIOUS TITLE!! Curious Things Given Wings – The Outside Track: The second CD from this talented band is a mix of traditional Scottish, Irish, Canadian and original songs and tunes, and features Norah Rendell (Canadian Traditional Singer of the Year nominee), Mairi Rankin (Rankin family, Beolach), Ailie Robertson (Live Ireland Winner, BBC Young Trad Finalist), Fiona Black (BBC Fame Academy Winner), and Cillian O’Dalaigh (Trazz. A talented line-up whose synthesis of virtuosity and energy delivers a very good CD indeed! £11.25 (12.50 for first time customers)
http://bit.ly/cnB3tn

ARE YE DANCIN?!! The Skipinnish Ceilidh House  – The Scottish Music Show : This CD is as close as you’ll get to a ceilidh without actually going to one! The Skipinnish Ceilidh House in Oban is the most vibrant, authentic and exciting display of Highland music and dancing you are likely to come across. Every year thousands of visitors  enjoy a unique combination of award-winning musicians, singers and dancers. The aim of the show is to provide a real ceilidh experience and this CD demonstrates the tremendous music on offer at this west-coast venue and gives the listener a flavour of the wonderful musical culture of Scotland. £11.25 (£12.50 for first time customers)
http://bit.ly/cKS5zJ

CELLO & SCOTS SONG!! A Shirt Of Silk Or Snow – Wendy Weatherby: The cello is such a beautiful instrument and in a folk music setting its sonorous tone lends great richness to any ensemble. Wendy Weatherby is a fine cello player and an excellent Scots singer and she combines both talents to great effect on this always interesting album featuring 14 tracks of Scottish traditional songs and tunes. Wendy’s guest musicians are Stevie Lawrence – Bouzouki, Guitar, Whistle & Percussion; James Ross – Piano; Pete Clark – Fiddle & Viola; Bruce Adams – Trumpet & Flugelhorn; Linda Adams – Guitar, Banjo, Concertina & Vocals. £11.25 (£12.50 for first time customers)
http://bit.ly/9PFgK8

ORKNEY DEBUT!! Skalder  – Cora: The debut CD from 4-piece Orcadian ‘Danny Award’ winners Skalder and a fine piece of work it is too!. A thoughtful album from this young but very confident band with lead instruments, the piano and fiddle of Jennifer Austin and Louise Bichen. Beautifully played with atmospheric arrangements and instrumentation full of ideas. The album title comes from the name of a boat  “The Cora” which carried Jennifer’s great uncle Sandy and a trapper across the North West Passage on a desperate venture into the Arctic. Winter ice forced them to leave the boat at a Shetland bay and continued by dog sled. but they never got back to the boat and the bay became known as ‘Cora Bay’. £11.25 (£12.50 for first time customers)
http://bit.ly/dk38i7

Pocket Scottish History (book): condenses all the important facts in Scottish history together in an easy to read format. A comprehensive reference book for use at home or in school, providing a fascinating and informative guide to all aspects of Scottish history. £4.50 (£4.99 for first time customers) http://bit.ly/cuZ0yF

Remember you can also buy from Foot Stompin’ by phone – +44 (0)131 441 3135. We take all credit cards. If you like a friendly voice at the end of your phone we’re here!

2. Foot Stompin’ Valentines Day Cards

Don’t leave it to the last moment! Why not earn yourself some brownie points by getting your loved one a ‘different’  Valentines Card today. There are two versions – our Foot Stompin’ fiddler or bagpiper – both available with a lovely verse in Gaelic or Scots. You can’t buy cards like these in the shops! £2.25 (£2.50 for first time customers)
Bagpiper Valentine’s Card in Gaelic http://bit.ly/cpuOIB
Bagpiper Valentines Card in Scots http://bit.ly/dr8e0s
Fiddle Valentine’s Card in Gaelic http://bit.ly/9rxSRN
Fiddle Valentines Card in Scots http://bit.ly/bVTtva

3. Scottish music hero: – Matt McGinn

Matt McGinn was one of the most important topical songwriters in the British Isles. He was born in Ross Street at the corner of the Gallowgate in Calton in 1928, one of a family of nine. At the age of twelve, he was sent to an approved school for two years. On his release he worked in the Hillington factory of Guest, Keen & Nettleford, spending his spare time at evening classes and reading, When he was thirty-one, he gained a prestigious Trade Union scholarship to Ruskin College in Oxford. After taking his diploma in economics and political science, he went to Huddersfield Teachers’ Training College. Upon qualification Matt McGinn went to work as a teacher in Rutherglen for three years before becoming the organiser of the Gorbals Adventure Playground.

McGinn found himself in the folk business after winning a song contest with a song entitled “The Foreman O’Rourke.” McGinn met Pete Seeger in 1961 when he was touring the British Isles. Seeger championed McGinn’s music in the United States and arranged for McGinn to be part of a concert performance at Carnegie Hall, where McGinn met a young Bob Dylan. His career in music began during the folk revival of the 1960′s but whilst others leaned towards traditional song, Matt carved his own niche as a humourist and playwright as well as a singer/songwriter. He was a prolific songwriter, drawing on his experiences of Glasgow life for much of his material. His performances in clubs and concert halls were hugely popular, often leaving the audience in tears of laughter.

He passionately believed in the overthrow of capitalism and supported many union disputes and helped the needy.

Matt died on January 6th 1977 aged 47 from the effects of smoke inhalation. Although brought up a Roman Catholic he abandoned religion and at his funeral the Communist anthem ‘The International’ was movingly sung by the large congregation ……..he will always be remembered. His songs live on and are still performed.

The Linlithgow Folk Festival Association has played an important role in bringing Matt’s work to life again – they hold an annual “Matt McGinn Night.” The next one is scheduled for Saturday March 6th. For more details tel 01506 510132.

Listen to Matt’s music.
The Return of The Two Heided Man – http://bit.ly/cPMVa5
The Best of Matt McGinn – http://bit.ly/bkeHtE

4. Snippets

Job opportunity!
Jim Sutherland’s True North Orchestra and La Banda Europa are looking for a very capable and experienced person who would see this job as an opportunity to develop a successful arts business/organisation from the ground up working towards a permanent relationship with LB Ltd. It is intended that the person recruited for this project will become the permanent Producer for the organisation. http://bit.ly/bThdqT

Happy Birthday Phil!
Phil Cunningham is 50 today and still at the top after all these years. http://bit.ly/aqkvge

Dancin’ in Angus!
The Legendary BBC Radio Scotland programme Take the Floor is going to Montrose. To be part of the audience with popular host Robbie Shepherd and  the Bruce Lindsay Scottish Dance Band get your tickets here. http://bit.ly/7KuhKR

Serious Burns!
A Burns Night Celebration on BBC iPlayer. Folks in the UK can watch BBC Scotland’s A Burns Night Celebration with Rod Paterson, Mick Marra and Eddi Reader. http://bit.ly/8r9gLi ………and Eddi has just agreed to become the first celebrity ‘Burns Ambassador’ http://bit.ly/bo69e3

Come on Andy Murray!
Scottish tennis player Andy Murray is doing very well at the Australian Open and it’s amazing to see so many Scottish flags wherever he goes! Fingers crossed he makes it to the finals but even if he doesn’t he helping to sell the Scottish brand all over the world.

Thoughts and prayers for Alistair Hulett
We hear the Scots singer songwriter is critically ill in hopital where he is awaiting a liver transplant.
http://bit.ly/co83X4

Calling all Scotia Bar Folkies!
Arthur Johnstone of The Laggan and The Stars Band has decided to invite all who where ever a part of the thriving folk scene in The Scotia Bar in the 60s and 70s to a reunion in Laurie’s Bar, 34-36 King Street, Glasgow G1 5QT on Sunday the 21st Feb at 2pm.
http://bit.ly/99JOYd

Transcribe
I’m flagging up this wee bit of software again as I’ve just had to transcribe 10 tunes from a CD for a course I’m running. Usually this job can take forever as you play rewind play rewind each section till you’ve got it. This time I loaded each tune as a MP3 and Transcribe slowed it down to 25% (whilst keeping it in tune) and I raced through the job. Also works for songs. http://bit.ly/3g8TyJ

Don’t forget!
The BBC Young Traditional Musician 2010 Finalists Concert followed by the 10th Anniversary ‘Birthday Bash’ this Sunday..
http://bit.ly/7TQDB4

5. Foot Stompin’ Free Ringtone
Why not download our latest ringtone. This week we’re featuring the fab Scots Trad Music Awards nominated MacGregor, Brechin & O’ hEadhra from their Sonas CD. The reel you will hear is called The prince’s welcome to Inverness. http://bit.ly/6H7zj6

6. Reviews
Live Concert: The McCalmans, Celtic Connections: Reviewed in The Herald.
A refreshingly diverse set cemented the trio’s reputation as outstanding story-tellers. From ruminations on an idyllic life in the Hebrides to self-flagellation over terrible hang­overs, the group switched happily between sweet balladry and topical satire, portraying all the differing sentiments with compassion and bravura. And if you can’t remember the last time you had a genuine belly laugh at Celtic Connections, you clearly haven’t encountered the spectacular comedy legend of Ian McCalman. He could easily find himself bookings as a stand-up should he reconsider his retirement this year. The Herald. http://bit.ly/9uHRcY

CD: Air Chall (Lost) – Rachel Walker. Customer Review 5 stars
Fantastic singer with lots of stars backing her . She couldn’t go wrong…Hieland laddie http://bit.ly/5wm91U

DVD: Caithness Connections. Customer Review 4 stars
As afrequent visitor to the area holidaying at Dunnet Head this DVD is an all year reminder of how beautiful and peaceful the area is a good addition to my DVD collection of Scotland….Daniel Gage http://bit.ly/bYvRDv

7. Best Sellers

CD: Mairearad & Anna: The Mairearad Green (accordion) and Anna Massie (fiddle, guitar) are both excellent and inventive players and this their debut as a duo is a demonstration of their abundant talents.
http://bit.ly/7ssxPC

CD: Jean Redpath – Songs of Lady Nairne: Jean’s clear pure voice is gorgeous on this album.
http://bit.ly/dt07bf

CD/DVD: The Full Set – The Occasionals:  This is a fabulous package! A great audio CD featuring one of the best dance bands ever plus a DVD showing the band as they go round the country.
http://bit.ly/2JJX3h

CD: The Complete Songs of Robert Burns 12 Volume Box Set:  This collection of songs touches on all aspects of human nature and is a true representation of a vigorous folk tradition past and present.
http://bit.ly/aNSzNz

8. Foot Stompin’ Scotch Whisky

With our partners Masters of Malt we’ve got two more fabulous whiskies for you to peruse. We’re going to feature the Speyside Tamdhu whisky. When the Strathspey railway first graced Speyside’s locality, a dependable means of travel was, at last, brought to the area and several distilleries were built as a result. Tamdhu was founded in 1896 by a group of whisky blenders, including William Grant and Sons among others, and designed by the famed, prolific Speyside distillery architect, Charles Doig of Elgin.

Tamdhu 8 Year Old – MacPhails: A light, fruity 8 year old bottling from the Tamdhu distillery, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. The nose is full of juicy sultanas and sherried peels with a note of bitter chocolate and vanilla fudge! £19.95 http://bit.ly/aqFbnU

Tamdhu 18 Year Old: A light, honeyed 18 year old single malt from the Tamdhu distillery in Speyside. The nose is quite clean and light with Notes of grist with cereal sweetness, hints of cut herbs and rubbed petals. £39.95 http://bit.ly/cCZ0Dy

9. Foot Stompin’ Discussion Forum
Here’s what’s being discussed at present. Feel free to join in!

Albums or downloads?
I was listening to Beoga the other day on my iphone and it occured to me that although I owned their 3 albums as downloads it didn’t feel as real as owning 3 CDs. In fact I felt that I didn’t feel like I owned their albums at all more like copies…..
http://bit.ly/bGQzmU

Background music at gigs
…most of us come along to a gig to listen to the main act and/or support (Preferably both) but we don’t really want to hear the sound engineer’s choice of music prior to and after the gig or during the interval and any other necessary(sometimes not) interludes ….
http://bit.ly/beNTAs

10. Testimonials

Absolutely delighted with your service, got my first order from you within 24hours of ordering. very impressed and will recommend you to my friends. Well done. Rosemary Cowe

Just received my order (Finlay Macdonald CD) very speedy delivery. Thanks, Mariel Coates

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Is Martin Simpson that good?

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

Well of course he is but is it not ridiculous that he has been nominated AGAIN for Musician of the Year in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2010. If it were me I would be embarrased at getting the same nomination year upon year. Why are the panel doing this? Are there no other UK musicians worthy of this spot? How can the Awards be taken seriously when this happens year upon year. Is it favouritism? What’s going on? Can you imagine the Oscars submitting the same actor every year for Best Actor – they wouldn’t get away with it!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/events/folk-awards-2010/nominees/

http://www.footstompin.com/public/forum?threadid=749810

Foot Stompin January 20th 2010 Newsletter

Rachel Walker LostAt the end of January the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award is 10 years old. To mark this occasion we giving away the 2007 Young Trad winner Catriona Watt’s beautiful Gaelic song CD for £3.99! 60% OFF normal price. This offer is valid for One Week Only! One of our customers said “Wonderful wonderful wonderful – not often that I’m at a loss for words! But it’s the best thing I’ve heard for a long time” http://bit.ly/8dNALx

1. New Releases – includes Rachel Walker
2. The Selkirk Grace
3. Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame – Ray Fisher
4. BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Awards Finals and Birthday Bash
5. Snippets – BBC Radio Scotland Young Trad 10 Years old, Kate McGarrigle RIP
6. Foot Stompin’ Free Scottish Music Podcast No 52
7. Reviews – Iain MacInness, Mairearad Green
8. Discussion forum
9. Testimonials
10. Foot Stompin’ on Facebook and Twitter

1. New Releases (remember if you’ve bought from us before you get our loyalty 10% discount off everything)

LOST AND FOUND!! Air Chall (Lost) – Rachel Walker: This is the third CD from Gaelic singer Rachel and again one is struck by the beauty of her voice. The album is a mixture of new and traditional Gaelic songs, and a song in English. Rachel is joined by some fantastic guest musicians including Jenna Reid, Kathleen Boyle, Angus MacKenzie, Ewan Robertson, Alec Dalglish, Barry Caulfield, James Graham, Norrie MacIver and a special appearance from Malcolm Jones of Runrig. £11.25 (12.50 for first time customers)

http://bit.ly/5wm91U

IAN NOT ROBERT!! Back Tae Burns (Part 1) Book – Ian Burns: Another in the excellent Fiddle Frenzy series of tune books published by Shetland Arts. This one features the works of talented composer and multi-instrumentalist Ian Burns (1932-1995). Shetland Arts plan to publish Ian’s tunes over three books and the first one covers 15 tracks – that’s 33 of the tunes written and recorded by Ian on his cassettes Spootiskerry, Sunnyside and The Laebrak. In 2001, Ian’s daughter June got the tapes made into a wonderful double CD under the title ‘Back Tae Burns’, a tremendous collection of Shetland tunes written and played by Ian Burns. Many of these tunes like ‘Spootiskerry’ are now Shetland standards, but gain extra meaning when you hear them played by Ian multi-tracking on fiddle, guitar, bagpipes, piano, mandolin and drums. It is fine tribute that Shetland Arts are publishing Ian’s fabulous tunes and we look forward to also stocking volumes 2 and 3 when they become available later in 2010! Back Tae Burns (Part 1) Book: £8.09 (8.99 for first time customers). Back Tae Burns double CD:£12.59 (£13.99 for first time customers).
Book: http://bit.ly/73bMO1
CD: http://bit.ly/4GE3jB

GIE’S A SANG!! Scottish Songs (book): A collection of more than 80 traditional compositions arranged for voice and piano. The songs and ballads in this book reflect the rich heritage of folk music in Scottish life. Includes An Eriskay Love Lilt, O Can Ye Sew Cushions, Willie’s Gane Tae Melville Castle, Ae Fond Kiss and many more. There’s also a handy glossary of the Scots words used in the songs. £4.49 (£4.99 for first time customers).

http://bit.ly/7M3ouA

FAMILY BAND!! The Perpetual Horseshoe – Ingrid & Allan Henderson: The two most prominent members of the talented Henderson family have been playing for years in various outfits including Cliar and Blazin’ Fiddles. We came across this early CD of them from 1994 made just as their talents were beginning to blossom. Both very fine musicians, the selection of great traditional tunes married to their obvious natural musicianship makes this an excellent album. £11.25 (12.50 for first time customers)

http://bit.ly/8lG1Yb

A NICE WEE PRESENT!! Robert Burns – The Illustrated Poets (book): This attractive, dainty wee book has a lovely selection of Burns poetry accompanied by classic illustrations. 72 pages, hardcover with a dust jacket, it is an ideal and inexpensive little gift and makes an excellent introduction to Burns poetry. £3.49 (£3.99 for first time customers).

http://bit.ly/87XYdF

Remember that you can also buy from Foot Stompin’ over the phone. Call us on +44 (0)131 441 3135. We can take all credit cards.

2. The Selkirk Grace
Robert Burns was touring Galloway in 1794 with his friend John Syme. They stayed with the Earl of Selkirk at his family home at St Mary’s Isle in Kirkcudbright. Burns would entertain the family with his humour, poems, songs and conversation and before each meal he would give Scottish toasts. One evening he recited an old version of a traditional Scottish grace known as the Galloway Grace or the Covenanter’s Grace which he changed to his style of recital and writing. The guests were impressed by this new Scottish toast and Burns published it as the Selkirk Grace in their honour.

Some hae meat and canna eat,
and some wad eat that want it,
but we hae meat and we can eat,
and sae the Lord be thankit.

More Robert Burns related products:

http://bit.ly/66xDj6

3. Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame – Ray Fisher
Ray Fisher is the first addition to the 2010 Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame. As you will read below Ray has made an amazing contribution to Scottish traditional music.

Born in Glasgow, Ray Fisher is one of three out of a family of seven children whose musical talents have made the name Fisher synonymous with Scottish folk music. Ray, her brother Archie and sister Cilla have trodden their own distinct musical paths, each carving out an international reputation. Archie and Cilla did that from home bases in Scotland whereas Ray has spent most of her life in England. She has been a champion of Scots folk song over a generation and for a long time was the voice of Scots song in England and a constant at The National Festival.

In her early days Ray performed together with her brother Archie as a duo appearing regularly on television. When doing a folk club booking in Newcastle, Ray met and subsequently married Colin Ross, a member of the High Level Ranters, a decision that spelled the end of any lingering thoughts of her being a school teacher. Song would be her life, and so it has been.

The move to England turned her towards being essentially a solo performer and was a spur to concentrate on ‘the muckle sangs’, the big ballads which helped to establish her reputation as an artist.

Ray has been an essential link between an earlier generation of singers and the present. She is an effective tradition bearer, careful to acknowledge her sources and appreciative of what has been given to her. “I really treasured the material from earlier generations. Those people were giving us part of their heritage, part of themselves. It’s a way of saying, ‘we’ve been given a precious thing, here it is, and ‘thank you’.”….
Read the full text: http://bit.ly/5wiLLk

4. The BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician 2010 Finalists Concert and Birthday Bash

On Sunday 31st January the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award is 10 years old.. The Award exists to encourage young musicians to keep their tradition alive and to maximise their musical potential by the pursuit of a career in traditional music.This year’s final again takes place at the beautiful City Halls as part of Celtic Connections Festival. For every previous BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year – Gillian Frame, Emily Smith, Anna Massie, James Graham, Stuart Cassells, Shona Mooney, Catriona Watt, Ewan Robertson and Ruairidh Macmillan – winning the competition has been a major springboard to a professional career in music. The 2010 finals concert will be broadcast live between 5 and 8pm on BBC Radio Scotland.

Afterwards, at the Strathclyde Suite there’s a fantastic birthday party with as many of the finalists and winners from the past 10 years performing. Should be great fun!

BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award1010 Finalists Concert: 5pm. City Halls Glasgow Tickets: £12.50: Tel 0141 353 8000
BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Birthday Bash: 9pm Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Strathclyde Suite: Tickets £10.00 Tel 0141 353 8000
Tickets are also available to buy online http://bit.ly/7F9mIK

The six talented finalists in 2010 are:
Paddy Callaghan (accordion, harp)
Mairi Chaimbeul (harp)
Lorne MacDougall (pipes)
Hannah Phillips (harp)
Daniel Thorpe (fiddle)
Kyle Warren (pipes)

We wish them all the best of luck!

http://bit.ly/7TQDB4

5. Snippets

More well-deserved recognition for BBC Alba
…the station has achieved eight programme nominations in several different award categories at the forthcoming Celtic Media Festival 2010 to be held in Ireland in April.

http://bit.ly/6JY7KC

The Mither Tongue!
a Scottish Government survey about the Scots language shows 88% of Scots say the Scots language is an important part of our history and heritage; 86% agree it is a valuable part of our culture and identity; 73% say it contributes to our national cultural identity. 67% think it should be taught in schools. Fantastic!

http://bit.ly/6ecmWu

Celtic Connections Scottish Songbook concert.
Here’s some great videos from Karine Polwart and her Celtic Connections Scottish Songbook concert. Well worth a look with many great performances and songs. Only available to viewers in UK. http://bit.ly/6bf4l1

Interesting reviews: Check out Foot Stompin’s collection of reviews from Celtic Connections. http://bit.ly/79Oko9

Kate McGarrigle RIP
..of Canadian duo Kate & Anna McGarrigle has died. The sisters took part in the very first series of Transatlantic Sessions

http://bit.ly/7Sxgx1

Willie MacDonald RIP
Known affectionately as ‘Willie Barra’, he was a fine traditional singer and the first person to win the Traditional Gold Medal at the Mod

http://bit.ly/6Ue8G8

Good Luck to Mike Vass!
The young fiddler from Malinky has his ‘composition ” “Super String Theory” premiered at Celtic Connections Festival this weekend..

http://bit.ly/6VV2hE

Fancy some FREE workshops?
An evening of song, instrument and foot stomping workshops with super bands Breabach & Le Vent du Nord is on offer and, it’s free! Takes place 1st February in Aberdeen. Breabach were nominated for Best Scottish Folk Band in the Scots Trad Music Awards and Le Vent du Nord is one of Quebec’s most-loved folk bands.

http://bit.ly/4ZINNc

Don’t forget the ‘House of Song’
..led by Doris Rouge, it is one of the most successful features each year at Connections Festival. Unfortunately it has been inadvertantly missed out of the printed programme this year, but be assured it is taking place in the Festival Club every Friday Saturday and Sunday. All welcome!

http://bit.ly/8bfQdQ

6. Foot Stompin’ Free Scottish Music Podcast No 52
Here’s our mid January 2010 Foot Stompin’ Free Scottish Music Podcast. In this podcast we feature Gun Stad by Na h-Oganaich followed by duo Mairearad and Anna, We then have beautiful Gaelic singer Rachel Walker from her Air Chall :Lost CD. We seque into The Perpetual Horseshoe by Ingrid & Allan Henderson, then Maidean Dubh’ an Donais (The Black Stick of the Devil) by Dr Angus MacDonald. We finish off with Fraser Fifield’s Stereocanto.

http://bit.ly/oWIhn

7. Reviews
CD: Sealbh – Iain MacInness. Reviewed for The Scotsman. http://news.scotsman.com
A TIME-served past piper with the Tannahill Weavers and Ossian, as well as producer of Radio Scotland piping programmes, Iain MacInnes hasn’t made an album under his own name for a decade, so Sealbh – a Gaelic word suggesting inheritance and good fortune – is a welcome arrival. Steeped in Highland piping but also with a strong interest in the revival in Scottish bellows-blown pipes, MacInnes plays Highland, Border and small pipes here, with seasoned accompanists including fiddlers John Martin and Mairi Campbell, Ross Kennedy on bouzouki and guitar, and Simon Thoumire on concertina. Characterful repertoire ranges from some exuberant, Highland pipe-led jigs to a small pipes rendition of The Terror Time with David McGuinness providing brooding harpsichord backing. Other material, such as a set of old-fashioned quicksteps, is approached in an unhurried but considered manner, while a vivacious string of Lowland hornpipes culminates in a little number from one George Frideric Handel.

http://bit.ly/8n60bR

CD/DVD: Passing Places – Mairearad Green: Reviewed for The Scotsman
ONE from the heart, as Wester Ross piper and accordionist Mairearad Green does more than any tourist board to celebrate her native Coigach peninsula in her Celtic Connections New Voices commission, recorded at its premiere in January and exhibiting all the freshness and verve of live performance……On the DVD, Magnus Graham’s film, made as a backdrop for the premiere, sets the music against a cyclist’s-eye panorama of glowing scenery

http://bit.ly/4FEgQ6

CD: Gun Stad – Na h-Òganaich: Reviewed for Hi~Arts. http://www.hi-arts.co.uk
Na h-Òganaich (Gaelic for ‘the young ones’ often translated as ‘young blood’) formed early in 1971, following a concert in Dunoon ….The group recorded three albums for the Beltona Sword label, a branch of Decca Records – The Great Gaelic Sound of Na h-Òganaich (1972), Gael Force Three (1973) and Scot-Free (1975). Following several one-off performances over the past few years, the demand for Na h-Òganaich on Cd has grown. Rather than release the old albums on CD, the band decided to team up with Simple Mind’s Mick MacNeil and have produced a stunning album with new treatments of Na h-Òganaich classics.

http://bit.ly/90QcN8

8. Discussion forum
Celtic Connections Late Night Sessions
.. I have noticed that Celtic Connections has introduced a new event: CC Late Night Sessions, where you pay a fiver to listen to sessions. I can’t get rid of the feeling that the structure of folk music sessions is getting more and more similar to concerts….much more commodified, controlled, pre-planned events in pubs & at festivals alike.

http://bit.ly/6afdrA

“What is a Céilidh?” (Ceilidh)
I suppose it all depends on whether we’re talking about a “real” ceilidh…

http://bit.ly/5cmfNm

9. Testimonials

Absolutely delighted with your service, got my first order from you within 24hours of ordering. very impressed and will recommend you to my friends. Well done. Rosemary Cowe

Just received my order (Finlay Macdonald CD) very speedy delivery. Thanks, Mariel Coates

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