11 tracks: Cumha Iain Ghairbh (Raasay) * Iorram Suirghe (St Kilda) * The Great Selkie of Sule Skerrie (Orkney) * Journey Back to Arran (Arran) * The Unst Boat Song (Shetland) * An Eithireach (Lewis) * Cronan na Cailich (Skye) * Smuggler (Ailsa Craig) * Eriskay Love Lilt (Eriskay) * Marion's Lament (Canna) * Na Lilidhean (South Uist)
Fiona J Mackenzie, a previous Mod Gold Medallist, releases her third album for Greentrax. Archipelago is a collection of songs in Gaelic, Scots and Norn from islands all across Scotland, from Shetland in the far north to Ailsa Craig in the south.
Fiona is a native of Morayshire and has lived in Dingwall, near Inverness, for the last 23 years. She was brought up in the Scots folk tradition and sings in both the Scots tongue and in Gaelic. She has won various Gaelic awards, including a Mod Gold Medal, and was voted BBC Radio Scotland Personality Of The Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards in 2004.
Fiona's first album on Greentrax was the ground-breaking Duan Nollaig. This was followed by A Good Suit Of Clothes, a unique collection of songs of the emigrant Gael. Fiona is also a member of Kilmarnock Edition.
For this album, Fiona has invited a host of special guest musicians and singers, including Barbara Dickson (vocals), Gillian Frame (fiddle), Yvonne Lyon (vocals), Mairi Chaimbeul (clarsach), Morven MacLeod (vocals), Alex Hodgson (vocals), Iain Mackinnon (vocals) and The Cast (vocals, viola and guitar). Graeme Duffin (guitars), Sandy Jones (programming) and David Lyon (keyboards) also added their session skills.
This is a wonderfully textured album with continually changing instrumental arrangements, showcasing the varied and beautiful blend of voices. A very appealing and quite stunning album in the opinion of Greentrax. "Sweet-voiced Fiona fuses traditional Scottish and Gaelic song..."
"A must have addition to any music collection..."
"Scottish music at its best..."
"A thoroughly enjoyable listen..."
"This is a beautiful album by a beautiful singer..."