An exciting album of new songs and music - words by Alexander McCall Smith, one of the world’s most popular and prolific authors and a poet, and James Ross, who is earning a growing reputation as a composer of music that pushes the boundaries of Scottish traditional music. James Ross plays piano and Alexander McCall Smith narrates.
The songs are performed by Michelle Burke, who was the lead singer with Irish-American music group Cherish The Ladies, and the gorgeous, peat-smoked tone of Kathleen MacInnes, a Gaelic singer from South Uist of international acclaim, who has been part of Transatlantic Sessions and featured in Ridley Scott’s film Robin Hood.
Session musicians include: Su-a-Lee (cello), Patsy Reid (fiddle), Leo Forde (guitar), Angus Lyon (accordion), Liam Bradley (percussion) and John Kenny (trombone).
Dougie Mackenzie sang mostly Gaelic songs in his youth but was introduced to folk song at the famed Inverness Folk Club run by Duncan MacLennan, who mentored Dougie and gave him numerous songs.
Dougie is drawn to the Scots ballad language and the stories it carries to us from the past. He lists many influences and sources, including Jimmy Hutchison, Gordeanna McCulloch, Norman Kennedy, Adam McNaughtan, Jeannie Robertson and The Stewarts of Blair.
Dougie is well-known from appearances at many Scottish and English festivals over the years and has won many traditional singing competitions including Keith, Falkland, Kirriemuir and Aberdeen.
He is accompanied on several of the songs by Brian Miller on guitar, while Siobhan Miller and others add backing vocals. The album was recorded and produced by Ian McCalman at his Kevock Studio and when Ian Green heard the master he immediately invited Dougie to join Greentrax.
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The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh - Monday 12th August 2019, 8:00pm
Forty Scottish folk stars singers on-stage including Barbara Dickson, Archie Fisher, Adam McNaughtan, Dick Gaughan, Arthur Johnstone, Ian McCalman and Canadian Iain Rankin, singing the great songs they sang in the 1960s.
If you were around then and can’t remember that era, you were probably in Sandy Bell’s bar with that lot, singing just for the joy of it. Many classic traditional and contemporary chorus songs will be reprised and you’re invited to join in.
The award-winning Far, Far From Ypres choir will be there plus superb surprise guests.
Featuring albums from Duncan McCrone, AC Weir, Nick Keir, The McCalmans, Tony McManus, Barbara Dickson, Rura, Robin Laing, Daimh, Kathleen MacInnes and Eric Bogle.
Bestselling compilations or project albums included Far, Far From Ypres, Scotland's Voices, Greentrax 30th Anniversary Collection, Celtic Airs And Reflective Melodies, Celtic Women From Scotland, Sandy Bell’s Ceilidh and A Highland Journey.
Our All Time Top 20 list includes albums from Fiddlers' Bid, Donnie Munro, Gordon Duncan, Salsa Celtica, Dick Gaughan, Shooglenifty, Peatbog Faeries, Catherine-Ann MacPhee and Aly Bain.
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