Posted: 4th December 2013
View or download our Christmas 2013 Newsletter (Adobe pdf format for print) with news on forthcoming releases and events, and also our Top 20 Albums in 2013.
Posted: 4th December 2013
View or download our Christmas 2013 Newsletter (Adobe pdf format for print) with news on forthcoming releases and events, and also our Top 20 Albums in 2013.
Posted: 12th November 2013
Celebrating the life and Gaelic song collection of Margaret Fay Shaw, A Little Bird Blown Off Course is a new piece of music-theatre by Fiona J Mackenzie, presented by the National Theatre of Scotland and Blas Festival in partnership with the National Trust For Scotland.
The musicians are Signy Jacobsdottir, Alistair Iain Paterson, Patsy Reid and Innes White, led by Fiona J Mackenzie, while the music director is Donald Shaw.
After a successful tour earlier this year where most of the shows were sell-outs, the show will take flight again at Celtic Connections, January 31st and February 1st 2014 at The Tron in Glasgow for National Theatre of Scotland.
There have been some excellent reviews in The Scotsman, The Guardian, The Telegraph and The Herald as well as a whole page feature in The Times. The show has been nominated in the Daily Record Scottish Gaelic Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Gaelic Culture.
The September 2013 Blas Festival tour ended on Canna.
Photo: National Theatre of Scotland
Posted: 8th November 2013
The Scottish Diaspora double CD album (for the price of one CD) is in preparation for February 2014 release. Tracks have been selected, a front cover chosen and this will be off to the factory soon. Much research went into this album, which is full of surprises and quite unique.
Rottenrow Born is a CD and DVD combination by Ian Bruce and Ian Walker, receiving its finishing touches for a February 2014 release. Since the duo reformed, they have been getting a big reaction to their new songs which will be featured on the CD. The DVD will feature mainly their older material.
Welcome back to to Elaine (Accounts & Royalties) who has been on sickness leave since July and was in hospital for several weeks recovering from a major operation. The rest of the Greentrax team welcomed Elaine back in October and already our systems are working more efficiently! Thanks to those who sent good wishes to Elaine.
‘Auld Greenie’ - Ian Green - is 80 in January but still at the helm, and his book Fuzz To Folk continues to sell.
Posted: 8th November 2013
The Sangsters vocal group are now a trio: Anne Murray MBE, John Blackwood and Fiona Forbes.
They are doing gigs and are sounding great. Read a recent biography of Sangsters at Kirkcaldy Acoustic Music Club’s website.
“They are Scotland’s number one harmony group. They are indeed the sultans of Scottish song. Stunning close harmonies, well chosen material and some awfy funny asides - that’s Sangsters.” (Ian McCalman)
Posted: 27th September 2013
Huge numbers of visitors are queueing daily at the Scottish Parliament to see The Great Tapestry of Scotland currently on exhibition there. The Music And Song Of The Great Tapestry Of Scotland is on sale in the Parliament shop and doing a roaring trade. Incidentally, The Prestonpans Tapestry is currently on exhibition alongside The Bayeux Tapestry in Normandy, France. The Greentrax album The Battle Of Prestonpans 1745 is a companion to The Prestonpans Tapestry.
The latest Scottish Tradition Series album Gaelic Songs From The North Uist Tradition was launched at the School Of Scottish Studies, Edinburgh, on Friday 20th September. Already sales of this album have been excellent. This is the 25th release in this unique series.
Barbara Dickson continues to do high profile interviews on national radio and TV, and the new album To Each And Every One is selling extremely well in advance of Barbara’s 2013 UK tour commencing on 9th October and ending on 10th November.
The Flooers O’ The Forest - Songs, Music, Poems And Prose Of Flodden has had several outstanding press reviews including Scotland On Sunday (4 Stars) on 22nd September: “Also included is an informative and illustrated booklet, in this moving reconfiguration of Scotland’s most profound defeat…”
A Spanish Civil War memorial concert - When The Call Comes - is being arranged by Daniel Gray on Sunday 12th October 2013 at 7.30pm in The Canons’ Gait (downstairs), 232 Canongate, Edinburgh. The Greentrax album Scots In The Spanish Civil War is still available.
Posted: 27th September 2013
[UPDATE: 8th November 2013] - Ian McCalman and his large cast have been rehearsing hard for this concert in the main auditorium of the GRCH. Tickets are now on sale online and selling like hotcakes apparently.
Far, Far From Ypres - the stage show which arose out of the double album of the same title, Songs Poems And Music Of World War I - will be presented in the main auditorium of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall at the the first weekend of the Celtic Connections 2014 festival on Friday 17th January.
Negotiations are ongoing between Ian McCalman (the musical director of the stage show) and other theatres throughout Scotland who have already expressed an interest in hosting the show. 2014 marks the 100th Anniversary of the commencement of World War I.
Far, Far From Ypres was originally conceived as a celebration of World War One songs and poems, mainly Scottish, for the Greentrax album. It evolved into a stage production at the 2012 Celtic Connections Festival where it was described by the Festival Director, Donald Shaw, as “brilliant”. Another review (STV) said: “powerful solos, robust melody and beautiful harmony, told stories of excitement and hope, suffering and endurance, humour and escapism, fear and disillusionment, in the words of those involved in the horrors of the Western Front”. An Edinburgh Fringe concert review said: “an inspiringly convivial experience, where the audience joined the performers in choruses that echoed into the deep spaces of the hall… a standing ovation raised the roof of the Queen’s Hall for several minutes after the show had finished. It was a stirring end to a night honouring a terrible tragedy, one that left the entire audience moved and sombre, but strangely elated”.
The show features the large screen projection of relevant images throughout the evening, enhancing greatly the audience’s understanding of the story unfolding before them. The format of the evening takes the form of two fifty-minute halves with an interval. It has a cast of ‘folk singing stars’, who remain on stage throughout the performance, singing the ‘trench’, ‘marching’ and Music Hall songs of the time. From that chorus, groups and soloists come to the middle of the stage and perform songs, both contemporary and traditional, about the Great War.
The narrator, Iain Anderson, brilliantly links the songs with stories about the hero of the show, Jimmy MacDonald, who was born in “any village in Scotland”. It tells of Jimmy’s recruitment and training then follows his journey to the Somme and back to Scotland. It would not be a Scottish tragedy without laughter, so there are also stories of humour and joy that take this production well away from the path of unremitting gloom.
Written and directed by Ian McCalman, this production features 26 folk stars. Previous performances have included Dick Gaughan, Iain Anderson, Barbara Dickson, Sangsters, Ian Bruce, Siobhan Miller, Ian McCalman, Stevie Palmer, Stephen Quigg, Ragged Glory, Sineag MacIntyre, Soopna, Donald Hay, Drew Talbot, Dennis Wilson, Brian Miller, Tom Ward and a host of others.
Ian McCalman wishes to encourage the use of the script by schools and colleges for educational purposes.
Far, Far From Ypres - From A Scottish Perspective was presented in The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh on Thursday 16th August 2012.
The cast for this concert included Barbara Dickson, Siobhan Miller, Dick Gaughan, Ian Bruce, Nick Keir, Stevie Palmer, Stephen Quigg, Donald Hay, Brian Miller and Tom Ward, with groups Sangsters, Soopna and Ragged Glory, plus Iain Anderson of BBC Radio Scotland. Peter Heywood provided overhead projection.
The unique project Far, Far From Ypres (Songs, Poems & Music Of World War One) was undertaken by Greentrax in 2009, and a double CD album was then released. The album was critically acclaimed and is played widely on radio, especially around Armistice Sunday each year. The album sells extremely well (for the price of a single album), including Army Museums and WW1 Visitor Centres and Museums in Belgium and France.
Far, Far From Ypres was one of four popular themed sections within the Greentrax 25th Anniversary Concert in October 2011 at The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh. Shortly afterwards, it was confirmed as a featured stage presentation at Celtic Connections, directed by Ian McCalman. Ian once again committed himself totally and rehearsed a cast of many - a remarkable and unique stage presentation.
The album resulted from an idea by Des Brogan and Jim Paris of Mercat Tours, Edinburgh, who regularly tour the WW1 battlefield sites and cemeteries of Belgium and France. After such a tour, Ian Green of Greentrax invited Ian McCalman to record the marching and trench songs of the soldiers, plus the popular music hall songs of the time for CD1, while Ian Green compiled mainly retrospective songs, poems and music for CD2. Both Ian McCalman and Ian Green committed themselves to the project and a classic double album resulted, which both are extremely proud of.
The album has been described in reviews as “A masterpiece… A very special compilation… A stunner… Beautiful songs from terrible times… Contains powerful, poignant and entertaining performances…”.
In a remarkable development, a copy of the CD ended up in the hands of a family in Australia where a 92 year old lady, recognised her father, John Hastings, as one of the soldiers on the front cover. John Hastings, who was born in Glasgow, was in the 51st Highlanders during WW1. He fought in France and experienced the Christmas truce – when the soldiers came out of their trenches all along the line and shared drinks, food and photos of family with the enemy – as depicted in a recent film Joyeux Noel. John shared many of his memories with his family, telling them of life in the trenches. Not all soldiers were able to speak about their experiences and this connection with John’s family gives us a rare living link through folk memory back to the trenches of WW1.
John Hastings’ daughter also has another interesting Scottish link, this time to WW2. She emigrated to Australia as a WW2 war bride, after meeting an Australian bomber pilot who was billeted to her home in Glasgow in the latter part of the war. John’s other daughter, now a sprightly 97 year old, also lives in Australia. His grand-daughter, Anne Wilson, is a secondary school teacher in Australia and she took a group of students to the Western Front a few years ago. The memories clearly live on and as a result of the CD and the concert, we expect more stories to unfold.
Far, Far From Ypres - From A Scottish Perspective was presented in The Strathclyde Suite of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall at the Celtic Connections festival on Saturday 21st January 2012.
The show was a massive success. It was sold out in advance and many people remarked that it was one of the most moving stage presentations they had ever witnessed. Members of the audience were visibly moved and at the end of the second half there was a genuine standing ovation.
Ian McCalman is highly complimented for his superb work as researcher and producer, while Peter Heywood’s overhead projection was well chosen and added greatly to the excellent stage performances of a cast of many, including Barbara Dickson, Dick Gaughan and narrator Iain Anderson. Everyone rose to the occasion and made this a very memorable event.
Posted: 8th September 2013
Infants and Primary School members of Prestonpans School sang The Toun o’ Prestonpans along with Alex Hodgson, who wrote the song, at a reception at The Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 4th September. They were brilliant and brought the house down.
Several of the children present were involved in the recording of the song in 2012, and subsequently included on the album The Music And Song Of The Great Tapestry Of Scotland. The track represents the Tapestry panel Reformation - A School In Every Parish.
The Great Tapestry of Scotland is on exhibition in the main hall of the Parliament until 21st September 2013. The album is on sale in the Parliament shop and many other outlets, including this website.
See some music and pictures from the event here.
Posted: 19th August 2013
Scottish-born Canadian carpenter-turned-songwriter David Francey will be performing two dates in Scotland during Summer 2013: Stirling Folk Club (at the Rugby Club) on Monday August 26th, and The Gordon Arms Hotel in Yarrow on Wednesday August 28th.
He also performs at Fylde Folk Festival in Lancashire on the weekend of August 30th and 31st.
A tour of Ireland from 3rd to 12th September is sold out.
For more tour dates and details, see David Francey’s website.
David’s album So Say We All was released by Greentrax in August 2013.
“One of Canada’s most revered folk poets and singers…” (Toronto Star)
Posted: 17th August 2013
Barbara Dickson will be touring the UK during October and November 2013 to promote her second album on Greentrax - To Each And Everyone (The Songs Of Gerry Rafferty).
For the most up-to date information on dates, venues and tickets, see the current tour dates on Barbara’s website.
(photo by Brian Aris)
Posted: 23rd July 2013
This is the second year running that the festival has been shortlisted.
Ian Green (Greentrax MD) is the Honorary President of the festival.
Posted: 24th June 2013
View or download our Summer 2013 Newsletter (Adobe pdf format for print) with news on forthcoming releases, events, albums and artists.
Posted: 3rd June 2013
It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Nick Keir (formerly of The McCalmans).
Nick died on Sunday morning, 2nd June, after a battle with cancer.
Posted: 29th May 2013
Australian singers and musicians John Munro, Mike O’Callaghan & Pete Titchener are touring in the UK during June 2013.
For the full current list of tour dates, and more information about the group, see their Munro, O’Callaghan & Titchener website.
“A trio that can write good quality songs, sing them with beautiful harmonies and play instruments as only experienced session and backing musicians can and must do, is a rare thing. This was a most enjoyable concert. Stories, explanations, the self-deprecation and the friendly jibes are all part of engaging the audience and helping them relax. Mike O’Callaghan, Pete Titchener and John Munro (in the wrong order) each brings his unique talent to the stage - fine mandolin/guitar playing, clear and strong lead vocals and tight-as-a-drum harmonies. They managed to sing most of the songs on their debut CD First Inversion, a few others and a couple of covers to boot. A great audience, a great concert and a great sound.” (Dave Greenslade, Acoustic Peacock Newsletter)
Posted: 19th April 2013
Kilmarnock Edition have more concert dates lined up over the coming months:
For ticket information email email@example.com
Kilmarnock Edition’s debut release, on Greentrax, is titled Pay It Forward.
See all recent performance dates at the Kilmarnock Edition website.
Posted: 10th April 2013
Rura have just returned from a very successful tour in Germany during March.
Their album Break It Up had to be repressed twice and shipped to Germany as the audience sales escalated.
Visit the Rura official website for upcoming tour dates in the UK and abroad, to see videos of the band in action and to follow them on Twitter.
Posted: 20th February 2013
The Paul McKenna Band have released tour dates for this year, with their touring calendar beginning in mid-March 2013 and currently running to August 2013.
This year the band will be visiting Belgium, Germany, Austria and the United States, as well as travelling within Scotland and England.
This will be the band’s first trip out to Belgium and they are really looking forward to playing to brand new audiences out there. This tour will also include a trip to the German island of Norderney which is part of the East Frisian Islands at the north of the country.
For more information on venues and tickets, and the very latest dates, see tour dates at The Paul McKenna Band official website.
The band enjoyed success at the 2012 Scots Trad Music Awards, with Paul winning Scots Singer Of The Yearand fiddle player Mike Vass winning Composer Of The Year. The band were also nominated for Folk Band Of The Year, which was won by Breabach.
Posted: 11th December 2012
Congratulation to all the winners at the 10th Scots Trad Music Awards.
See a list of all the winners.
Posted: 29th November 2012
Fiona J Mackenzie is releasing a special remix of Air a chiad Latha den Nollaig (On The First Day of Christmas) from her 2007 Greentrax album Duan Nollaig (A Gaelic Christmas).
The single is to be released for Christmas 2012 and will be available on iTunes and other download stores.
Fiona is a former Gaelic Mod winner, and BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards winner.
Hear a clip of the track here, or download the clip of Air a chiad Latha den Nollaig (On The First Day of Christmas).
The track is traditional, arranged by Sandy Jones & Fiona J Mackenzie and published by Grian Music.
Posted: 24th November 2012
This concert is now sold out.
Greentrax is proud to announce that Donald Shaw is including a stage presentation of ¡No Pasaran! - Scots in The Spanish Civil War in the Mitchell Theatre, Glasgow on Sunday 20th January 2013, as part of the Celtic Connections festival. Greentrax has invited Ian McCalman to act as musical director, a position he has revelled in with the Far, Far From Ypres series of concerts. Ian has accepted and we are looking forward immensely to this concert.
Artists appearing will be: Dick Gaughan, Alison McMorland and Geordie McIntyre, Christine Kydd, Arthur Johnstone with Brian Miller, George Archibald with Charlie Milne and Donald Hay, Carlos Arredondo, Frank Rae, The Wakes, Gallo Rojo and Liederjan. The McCalmans, who of course have now retired, learned Peatbog Soldiers from Liederjan so Ian thought they would make a good replacement for the concert.
Most of the songs on the album, plus some others, will be performed in the concert. In addition, Iain Anderson of BBC Radio Scotland will read the Bob Cooney poem and Daniel Gray, author of Homage to Caledonia, will tell us something of the Scots who fought in the conflict against the fascists.
There are fifteen songs and a poem on the album. Ian McCalman got behind the new project and recorded six of the songs, including: Dick Gaughan’s unbeatable version of Jamie Foyers; Christine Kydd - Si Me Quieres Escribir; Eileen Penman with Tom Ward - Graves In Spain; Robin Laing with Steven Polwart - Picasso Paints Guernica; Alison McMorland and Geordie McIntyre, accompanied by piper Allan MacDonald - Viva Los Brigadistas. Ian McCalman searched his archive of multi-track tapes of McCalmans recordings and unearthed The Peatbog Soldiers, recorded live in 1979 by the original lineup of Ian, Derek Moffat and Hamish Bayne. It was originally adopted by The International Brigaders as their marching song.
Greentrax licensed the following tracks from various companies: The Laggan - Jarama Valley/Bandiera Rosa; Alison and Geordie - Another Valley; Carlos Arredondo - Viva La 15 Brigada / Viva Nicaragua; the late John Watt - Owt For Nowt; the Glasgow/Irish folk ‘n’ roll band The Wakes - These Hands; the late Jim Brown - Salud International Brigade; and Frank Rae - Hasta Luego.
Edinburgh’s Gallo Rojo recorded the high energy ¡No Pasaran! sung in Spanish. The poet and author Alistair Findlay submitted a poem late in the production of the album - When The Call Comes. Ian McCalman put music to it and enlisted the help of George Archibald to sing it. The poem – Hasta La Vista Madrid – by Bob Cooney was read and recorded by Iain Anderson.
We have received numerous complimentary phone calls and emails from radio presenters and customers who had so enjoyed the album that they found time to let us know, including one presenter who has played the late Jim Brown song several times.
A launch of the album was held in Barioja Tapas Bar in Edinburgh on Sunday 28th October 2012, when the absolutely packed bar was treated to songs by many of the artists on the album, described as a very memorable occasion by several.
Posted: 13th November 2012
For more information on venues, and the latest dates, see the Daimh official website.
CC De Adelberg, Adelberg Park, Lommel, Belgium, 1-3920
Celtic Night 14 - Caladh Nua, Dàimh & Anxo Lorenzo Band. Exploring the Celtic music scene. Young talent from Ireland, Scotland and established values-driven work from Galicia: a better exploration of the Celtic music scene is hardly conceivable.
Daimh’s festive Ho Ho Ho-Ro Gheallaidh aims to bring seasonal cheer with Hymns, Carols, songs and tunes connected with Christmas, New Year and Midwinter:
Universal Hall, Findhorn Foundation, Findhorn, Moray IV36 3TZ
Featuring Special Guests Margaret Stewart & Steve Byrne.
Woodend Barn, Banchory AB31 5QA
Featuring Special Guests Margaret Stewart & Steve Byrne.
An Talla Mhòr, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Sleat, Isle Of Skye IV44 8RQ
Featuring Special Guests Arthur Cormack & Griogair Ladhruibh.
An Lanntair, Kenneth Street, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis HS1 2DS
Featuring Special Guests Calum Alex and Seonaidh MacMillan & Griogair Ladhruibh.
Eastgate Theatre, Eastgate, Peebles EH45 8AD
Featuring Special Guests Kathleen MacInnes & Steve Byrne.
The CatStrand, High Street, Castle Douglas, New Galloway DG7 3RN
Featuring Special Guests Kathleen MacInnes & Steve Byrne.
Posted: 2nd November 2012
Greentrax Recordings are the first recipients of Hands Up For Trad’s Business Limelight Award.
The ‘Limelights’ are a monthly initiative launched in October 2012 that recognises the outstanding contributions made by businesses and organisations who contribute, shape and influence the arts and cultural sector in Scotland today.
Hands Up For Trad exists to increase the profile and visibility of Scottish traditional music through information, education and advocacy.
Read an interview with Ian Green about this award.
Posted: 19th October 2012
¡No Pasaran! - Scots in The Spanish Civil War will be launched on Sunday 28th October 2012 at Barioja Tapas Bar in Edinburgh.
There will be songs from Eileen Penman, Alison McMorland & Geordie McIntyre, Gallo Rojo and others. Daniel Gray, author of Homage To Caledonia, will speak.
A dedication ceremony and anti-fascist pledge for locals who fought and nursed in Spain will be held earlier that day. Assemble at 11.45am at the Waverley Gate Entrance to Princes Street Gardens.
Posted: 19th October 2012
With great sadness, we have to announce the death of Ian Hardie on Tuesday 16th October 2012.
Ian was an outstanding fiddler and composer and played with Jock Tamson’s Bairns, The Occasionals Ceilidh Band and others.
His funeral will take place on Tuesday 23rd October at 12.30 in Nairn, in the United Reform Church.
Ian Green was proud to have Ian Hardie on the Greentrax books and considered him a good friend as well as a great musician. He will be sadly missed.
Posted: 26th September 2012
Gaelic singer Kathleen MacInnes will be making a special guest appearance at Duncan Chisholm’s Affric album launch concert at Edinburgh Queen’s Hall on Friday 5th October 2012.
Kathleen will be known to Greentrax customers as a Scottish singer, television presenter and actress, who performs primarily in Scottish Gaelic. She is a native of South Uist, Outer Hebrides and lives in Glasgow with her partner and three sons.
In 2010, she appeared on the soundtrack to the Ridley Scott film Robin Hood. Scotland On Sunday awarded her debut album Og-Mhadainn Shamhraidh (Summer Dawn) as Best Folk Album - this was released by Greentrax in 2006 and will be available at the concert.
She was recently featured in the Transatlantic Sessions 5 series, along with Aly Bain, Jerry Douglas and other folk luminaries.
Kathleen will be joined by Boys Of The Lough founder member Cathal McConnell, Griogair Labhruidh and Allan Henderson.
“She has unique vocal colour and an ability to breathe dramatic life into her songs…” (Norman Chalmers)
Book tickets for Duncan Chisholm and Kathleen MacInnes at The Queen’s Hall.
Posted: 19th September 2012
This competition was launched in The Scotsman on 14th June and entries closed on 14th August 2012. The winner of the nationwide songwriting competition run by Greentrax was Benny Gallagher (of Gallagher & Lyle) with his song Tusitala. There was excellent response to this competition and there were some very fine songs. It was a pity that only one could be included on the album. It wasn’t an easy call for our judges.
The Great Tapestry Of Scotland is a unique project to stitch the entire story of Scotland from pre-history to modern times, the brainchild of one of Scotland’s best-known writers, Alexander McCall Smith.
McCall Smith, together with historian Alistair Moffat and the artistic talents of artist Andrew Crummy, form a team with Scottish stitchers who will produce the world’s longest tapestry through one of the biggest community arts projects ever to take place in Scotland.
Greentrax has been invited to release a companion double CD of songs and music to reflect many of the subjects of the panels of the tapestry. It will comprise some forty tracks and will include many items from the Greentrax back-catalogue, as well as tracks licensed from other companies and individuals. Examples of tracks being included are: The Proclaimers’ Letter From America, representing the ‘Scottish Pop Boom’; Eric Bogle’s now universally sung No Man’s Land evokes the ‘First World War’ panel and The McCalman’s Who Pays The Piper? represents the ‘North Sea Oil’.
Greentrax Recordings has also come up with songwriting competition with a £1,000 prize to whoever writes the best song to reflect one of the tapestry images as yet unmatched to an existing song. The winning song will also be recorded for inclusion on the CD (hopefully be released before the end of 2012). Entries will be judged by a panel including singer and songwriter Ian McCalman, as well as Alexander McCall Smith, Alistair Moffat, Andrew Crummy and Greentrax boss Ian Green.
Entrants must choose one of the following panel subjects to base their song upon:
Scotland In Africa
James Watt And The Steam Engine
Robert Louis Stevenson
Scotland At The Movies
The creation of the tapestry is a unique opportunity to tell the nation’s history and to involve as many people as possible in the telling. The aim is to create a series of over one hundred and twenty panels that tell the key stories in Scottish history – everything from Duns Scotus to Dolly the Sheep.
The tapestry project will use a range of embroidery skills and over 30 miles of woollen yarn to translate Andrew Crummy’s descriptive artwork into a colourful, skillful and textured depiction of the history of Scotland. To date there are stitchers in practically every area of Scotland committed to taking part, all of whom share a passion for Scottish history and some pretty impressive sewing skills. The volunteers will work together for over 400 hours per panel to help make Andrew Crummy’s artistic vision a reality, and gift The Great Tapestry of Scotland to the nation.
Seventy-five children from Prestonpans Infants School have recorded local singer-songwriter Alex Hodgson’s song The Toun o’ Prestonpans to partner the panel ‘The Scottish Reformation - A School In Every Parish’.
Greentrax released a well-received companion album to The Prestonpans Tapestry in September 2010.
Posted: 19th September 2012
BBC Alba TV has broadcast two wonderful tributes to Gordon Duncan this year.
Dha Gordon a-mhain (Just for Gordon) was a documentary about Gordon’s life, and his tunes which became a mainstay of the Scottish traditional music repertoire. It featured the musicians that knew and played with him, and those who continue to be inspired by his music, particularly his own pupils.
Cuirm-Ciuil dha Gordon Duncan (A National Treasure) featured performances from the fourth concert held in Gordon’s memory, in Perth in 2010, from Seamus Begley and Tim Edey, Willie MacCallum, Old Blind Dogs, Galician piper Xose Manuel Budino, The Pitlochry and Blair Atholl Pipe Band and the Gordy Duncan Jr Band.
Posted: 16th July 2012
To coincide with the release of the her album Archipelago, and the Kilmarnock Edition album Pay It Forward, Fiona J Mackenzie will be touring in August 2012 with Yvonne Lyon of Kilmarnock Edition and David Lyon, producer of both albums.
Posted: 2nd July 2012
The headline event at the 2012 Trad On The Tyne festival in Haddington (31st August to 2nd September) is to be Steele The Show, the outstanding tribute concert to the late, great Prestonpans singer and songwriter Davy Steele, who died in 2001. Ian Green (Greentrax MD) is the Honorary President of the festival.
The show, which was a huge hit at last year’s Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow, has been curated by Patsy Seddon. It will be performed in Haddington on Saturday 1st September and will feature a host of top-flight musicians, including Dick Gaughan, Patsy Seddon, Mary Macmaster, Siobhan Miller, Gary West, Kathy Stewart, Peter Boond, Andy Thorburn, Donald Hay, Eilidh Shaw, Amy MacDougall and Davy and Patsy’s son Jamie Steele.
Davy Steele was a key figure in some of Scotland’s finest groups, including Ceolbeg, Clan Alba and Battlefield Band, and recorded three fine solo albums. He is revered as one of Scotland’s most honest and eloquent voices, writing songs such as Farewell Tae The Haven, The Last Trip Home, Long Hellos And Short Goodbyes, Scotland Yet and Just One More Chorus, often rooted in the past and present of his beloved East Lothian home turf (though resonating much further afield) while giving new expression to traditional material.
The full programme for Trad On The Tyne, which is run by Haddington Pipe Band in association with the Waterloo Bistro, will be announced in July. It will be held at the East Haugh in Haddington and as with last year’s festival, a series of top-quality concerts will be complemented by come-and-try sessions, Open Stage, workshops, storytelling, stalls, a silent disco, late-night sessions, and a range of family entertainments.
“I am delighted to be given the chance to bring this show to East Lothian and to give people from far and near the opportunity to enjoy his songs once again. Davy always called Prestonpans ‘the centre of the universe’ but in fact his songs have universal appeal and, though written some time ago, are still very current. The show in Glasgow was a real celebration of Davy’s immensely powerful song-writing and I’m sure this event will be just as uplifting…” (Patsy Seddon, Davy Steele’s second wife)
“We are really thrilled to be staging this show, which both celebrates the amazing talents of one of East Lothian’s finest sons and showcases some of the country’s greatest musicians. The impact that Steele The Show made at Celtic Connections was quite extraordinary, and it is great - and very fitting - that we are now able to follow up that success by bringing the show home to East Lothian. It will not only be a wonderful musical occasion but also, no doubt, an emotional evening for all involved. We want to make this event something that can be enjoyed by everyone in Haddington - and plenty from well beyond the town, too…” (Alastair Bruce, Trad On The Tyne committee)
Posted: 13th December 2011
Congratulations go to all Greentrax artists who won at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2011.
The Awards took place at Perth Concert Hall on 3rd December, and included a Gala Concert and Festival Club. Winning an award at the glittering ceremony, hosted by Mary Ann Kennedy and Tony Kearney, is one of the biggest accolades on the traditional music scene.
Greentrax artists performing on the night included Barbara Dickson, Peatbog Faeries, The Paul McKenna Band, Rura, Salsa Celtica, Cathy Ann MacPhee, Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas.
Winning Greentrax artists were:
Greentrax artist nominations also included:
Our congratulations go to all these award winners (and nominees) and we wish them good luck for the future.
Posted: 28th October 2011
We’ve added some Facebook features to our website - hope you like them!
You can now comment on our news articles and albums using your logged-in Facebook, AOL, Yahoo! or Hotmail account. You can Like any page, or Send it to share with a friend.
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Posted: 5th October 2011
The Greentrax Recordings 25th Anniversary Catalogue (pdf) is now available to view or download. A full colour paper version of the catalogue is also available from Greentrax on request - please let us know your mailing address.
The catalogue is released as part of the anniversary celebrations which include a 25th Anniversary Showcase Concert at The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh on Saturday 15th October, and release of the double CD compilation album Music And Song From Scotland.
Posted: 6th May 2011
Now available from Greentrax direct by telephone or alternatively online from MusicScotland.com - PAL format, Region 0, MACSDVD131 - running time 2hrs 45mins.
Featuring their Final Concert Uncut at The Queens Hall, Edinburgh on 10th December 2010 (5 Star Scotsman review), and archive footage The Good Old Days.
1st SET Rolling Hills of the Borders (Matt McGinn) Gallant Murray (Trad) The Broom (Trad) Scots Abroad (Ian McCalman) Instrumental (Nick Keir) Come By the Hills (W. Gordon Smith) Let’s Recycle (Ian McCalman) Corryvreckan Calling (Nick Keir) Ye Jacobites By Name (Trad) 12 Folk Days of Christmas (Keir/McCalman)
2nd SET Scotland’s Story (Craig & Charlie Reid) Moor Road (Ian McCalman) Still Gonna Die (Shel Silverstein) Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen) Rise Rise (Trad) The Bonnyrigg Banker (Ian McCalman) Leaving Denmark (Ian McCalman) Don’t Sit on My Jimmy Shands (Richard Thompson) Caledonia (Dougie MacLean) Wrecked Again (Ian McCalman) Skye Boat Song (Trad) Westering Home (Trad) So the Years Roll On (Ian McCalman)
EXTRAS (Videos, Camcorders, 8mm, dubious quality):
THE QUIET STUFF Seagull Cry (Ian McCalman) Mothers Daughters Wives (Judy Small) Green Grow the Rashes (Robert Burns) The Last Leviathan (Andy Barnes) Kirsteen (Trad)
SESSIONS, INTROS and FAST SONGS The Holly She Bears A Berry Lucky Puppy (introduction) Embarrassing shanties and Derek’s only interview. Dido Bendigo and Snow White Pav (introduction) White Christmas at the hottest Tønder Festival. Who’s the guy in the front row? The Bells Of The Town and the art of drinking. Johnnie Cope 23rd Of June (or some of it).
ADDITIONAL MUSIC Bound To Go - backing song (Ian McCalman) Strome Walk - backing instrumental (Ian McCalman)
The McCalmans are:
1964 - 1982: Ian McCalman, Hamish Bayne & Derek Moffat 1982 - 2001: Derek Moffat, Ian McCalman & Nick Keir 2001 - 2010: Ian McCalman, Nick Keir & Stephen Quigg
Posted: 1st January 2011
Greentrax Recordings managing director Ian Green’s autobiography Fuzz To Folk - Trax Of My Life is now available.
It has been Book Of The Month (April 2011) in The Scots Magazine, and has also been selected as one of the books in the 2011 Scottish Libraries Summer Reads promotion, so will be available in every Scottish library. The promotion will be launched on The Reading Agency’s National Readers’ Day on 25th June, and will finish in September.
The release date of January 2011 was also the 25th anniversary of Greentrax Recordings. Ian says, ‘I found it not only cathartic but also a fascinating journey of rediscovery’. The book contains some 120,000 words and Ian jokes that ‘he didn’t realise he knew that many’! The book also includes many photos and other interesting images spanning Ian’s busy life from birth on the 29th January, 1934, in Forres, Morayshire to the present day, managing Greentrax Recordings Ltd in Cockenzie, East Lothian.
The autobiography tells of Ian’s life in many locations in rural Morayshire, including life under a disciplinarian schoolteacher who was not afraid to use the ‘tawse’ on his pupils on a daily basis. His constantly interrupted education finished at Tynecastle Secondary School, Edinburgh, and thereafter Ian became an apprentice gardener under his father at the Convent of The Sacred Heart / Craiglockhart Training College, Edinburgh.
Ian describes sporting success in cycle speedway before signing on for three years in the Army where he served as a motor mechanic in the REME, spending almost two years in Korea and Japan. On being demobbed with the rank of full corporal, Ian had yet another career change and joined Edinburgh City Police, later to become Lothian and Borders Police, where Ian had a distinguished career.
After thirty years’ service Ian retired as a police inspector and, having spent a lot of energy on Scottish traditional music during those years, it seemed logical for Ian to embark on a career in the music business. In 1986 he launched Greentrax Recordings which has become one of the most successful independent record labels in the United Kingdom, specialising in Scottish traditional music.
During his police years Ian married June and brought up a family of three, yet found time to represent Scotland in the annual Angling International against England, Ireland and Wales, grow prize-winning chrysanthemums and brew and ferment award-winning beers and wines respectively.
Many awards have been bestowed on Greentrax and Ian himself, including the Hamish Henderson Award For Services To Traditional Music, plus entry into The Hall of Fame at the Scots Trad Awards, culminating with an Honorary Doctorate from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Ian and the work of Greentrax was also the subject of an STV documentary.
Ian continues to enjoy managing Greentrax Recordings, despite attaining the age of 76 years in 2010, and has no plans for retirement.
Excerpts from Amazon.co.uk Five Star and other reviews:
“This hilarious book tells entertainingly of his life so far. A terrific read.” (Scott Murray)
“This is a remarkable book. He has produced an archival document that rivals the best and yet, at the same time he’s managed to conjure up a ‘bloody good read’. Well done Mr Green!” (McCalman)
“This is one of the most honest, informative and entertaining works I have ever read. At times Ian Green writes with an honesty that is infrequently found these days. At times heart-rending, at times funny, sometimes controversial, sometimes intriguing – but always hugely interesting.” (Fiona J)
“Never have I read an autobiography which combined such a mix of sometimes very personal information, plugs for products and rumbustious criticism of people and organisations who have displeased him. One night I could not put it down until 2.00am. A great read.” (Chon)
“A really enjoyable read. I particularly enjoyed the way the author personalised the book with little comments to people past and present. I highly recommend it.” (Karmel Bogle)
“An immensely enjoyable book. The stories had me in stitches! In well chosen words Ian tells it exactly as it was in a language we can relate to and with such brutal honesty and great humour. A wonderful book which I will treasure and refer back to in years to come.” (Mary K Burke)
“The book not only tells of the label (Greentrax), but of the soldier, policeman, family man and friend behind it. The style is so well judged and reflects Ian’s conversational style so perfectly that you feel you have had a wonderful evening of chat with the man.” (N D Keir)
“This is an outstanding read. An autobiography of an interesting and varied life, honestly told and written in a readable and straightforward manner. Difficult to put down.” (May)
“Very informative, wide ranging. No airs and graces – the story is told from the soul which makes it interesting and exciting as well as being easy to read and understand.” (Rob Roy)
“Fuzz To Folk is the Scots Magazine ‘Book of the Month’ for April, 2011. The reviewer said it ‘hits the right notes’.” (C C Mack)
“Just wanted to say congratulations on the book which I’ve really enjoyed reading. Your account (of the Police) gives something of the flavour of the time.” (Dave Francis)
“I’ve read your book and enjoyed it. It was the perfect excuse to wallow in warmth during the bad weather with a good book.” (Mary Duff)
“An excellent book, written with great honesty.” (Bruce MacGregor, BBC Radio Scotland’s Music Café)
“I read it all at the one sitting and thoroughly enjoyed it. Brilliant.” (Frieda Bayne)
“What a bloody good read, Ian.” (Brian McNeill)
“Just a note to say how good your book is. The castor came off our bed and behold it was the perfect height… my mother couldn’t reach the top cupboard and guess what… your book! Seriously, it’s a great read and insight into an amazing and adventurous journey.” (Alex Hodgson)
“I thoroughly enjoyed your book… well done for remembering all those things.” (Chris M Ross)
“I really enjoyed the book… what an interesting and exciting life you have had.” (Cath Mattingly)
“Congratulations on the book. Must have been at times interesting and an uplifting experience for you in writing it, and no doubt a bit confrontational and disturbing as well… not to mention exhausting.” (Eric Bogle)
“I devoured it in a ‘wanner’… you write like you talk – straight and honest – just hope there’s no libel suits on the way!” (Ed Miller)
“Enjoying your book very much. You are in Korea at the moment!” (Bob Buchan)
“Just finished reading your autobiography – a great read. Was so impressed with Chapter 13 felt I must purchase ‘Far, Far From Ypres’.” (Peter D Wright)
“Thoroughly enjoyed the book. I surprised myself in a way. I thought I would avidly read every word of the ‘music section’ but found I really enjoyed every word of the other sections. Congratulations on a mammoth task undertaken and completed with such openness and humour, ‘warts (and piles) and all’.” (Jack Scott)
“Ian Green’s autobiography makes a great and varied read. The story of a man of all trades – founder of Greentrax, Scotland’s most successful and one of the world’s greatest folk music labels, successful gardener, and mechanic serving in Korea, policeman, angler and more.” (Michael Moll, Folk World)
“Just finished reading your memoirs. Well done Sir. Nicely written and can’t disagree with a word in the Oration for your Hon Doctorate.” (Dr Gordon Prestoungrange)
“I bought my wife your book for her birthday and she’s thoroughly enjoyed it.” (Robin Dempsey)
“I am in awe at the depth and detail of your work – it really gives your life and times their due.” (John Munro)
“It does tell the intriguing tale of a self-confessed ‘wee ragamuffin loon’ from the backwoods of Moray, who left school at 15 and ended with an honorary degree of Doctor of Music from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, for services to Scottish music.” (Jim Gilchrist, The Scotsman)
“The life of Ian Green is certainly a packed one… there’s a remarkable story to be told as Green strolls through his life to the point where he founded Greentrax, the folk record company which has housed the diverse likes of Salsa Celtica and The McCalmans.” (Brian Donaldson, The List)
“I read it from cover to cover and thoroughly enjoyed it.” (Peter Heywood)
“I would just like to take this opportunity to thank you for taking part in ‘Take The Floor’. Your chat with Robbie (Shepherd), on your career and your book was just excellent, with the music complimenting the chat perfectly. We have had a lovely response from our listeners.” (Jennifer Cruickshank, producer ‘Take The Floor’)
Posted: 15th October 2010
The McCalmans Souvenir Brochure is now available direct from Greentrax.
It features photos and articles celebrating The McCalmans’ 24-year relationship with Greentrax and their 46-year, 6,000-gig career!
Paperback, 24 pages in full colour.
Posted: 24th February 2010
The Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust, of which Ian Green is a member, recently held its Annual General Meeting and is again inviting applications for awards from the Trust. Applications are invited from any young person up to the age of 30, living or working in Scotland, who is finding that their financial circumstances are making it difficult to progress fully in their chosen field. Criteria for application and other information can be found on The Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust website.
Posted: 19th November 2009
Fiona J MacKenzie, who sang at the Scottish Parliament on St Andrews Night, informs us that her Duan Nollaig Christmas TV show, which was recorded and transmitted prior to Christmas 2008, is to be broadcast again on BBC Alba at 8.15pm on Christmas Eve and also on STV around 11.30pm, also on Christmas Eve. Fiona performed songs from her album A Good Suit Of Clothes at Brodie Castle, Moray, recently and a contemporary ballet dancer interpreted some of the songs. See a profile of Duan Nollaig by the Scottish Arts Council.
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