The Concert With the stunning photography of Cailean Maclean and over 450 of Freeland Barbour’s compositions, The Music And The Land - The Music Of Freeland Barbour (a sumptuous 2-volume book in a slip-case) is a wonderful tribute to Scotland’s landscape and traditions. The book was published by… read more
William Hannah (1891-1961) was born in the mining village of Blackburn, West Lothian. Having started on the mouth organ as a boy, he became well known as Scotland’s premiere melodeon player by the end of the First World War, during which he served in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. His role… read more
Vol 4 - Old Time Dances This is the final album in a series of four by the much-loved Glencraig Scottish Dance Band. The series covers all the Scottish dance formats that the Glencraig Band perform - The Ceilidh, The Reel Party, Scottish Country Dances and Old Time Dances. The previous three albums… read more
The Occasionals ceilidh band started in 1986, featuring a number of great musical friends. Over time it naturally distilled into the quartet of musicians heard here on this, their seventh recording: Freeland Barbour, Ian Hardie, Kevin MacLeod and Gus Millar. This album is a celebration of 25 years… read more
Vol 3 - Scottish Country Dances Lively dance tracks from the ever-popular Glencraig Band, led by Nicol McLaren. A fine six-piece band with lots of ‘oomph’ and plenty of lift, featuring two accordions, fiddle, piano, bass and drums. This is the third album in a series of four, focussing this time… read more
— 2019 Top 20 — Accordion & Melodeon — Ceilidh & Scottish Dance Bands — CD — DVD — DVTRAX2021
CD & DVD Set.
Basic Scottish Ceilidh Dances This is The Occasionals’ sixth album and, as the title suggests, this one really is The Full Set. It features: new music on audio CD for the twelve most popular Scottish ceilidh dances (recorded in the studio) written dance instructions in a booklet a DVD video of… read more
Vol 2 - The Reel Party The Glencraig Scottish Dance Band, led by Nicol McLaren, capture the mood and feeling of the traditional Reel Party. With full dance instructions by Karin Ingram, this is essential material for all who enjoy Reeling! Winners of The National Association of Accordion &… read more
Vol 1 - The Ceilidh The Glencraig Scottish Dance Band was formed in 1983 when Nicol McLaren, then a salesman in Blairgowrie, was asked by a customer if he could put together a band for a church social. From that gig came another half dozen bookings and the Glencraig SDB was born. The band was named… read more
— Accordion & Melodeon — Ceilidh & Scottish Dance Bands — Stream or Download only — CDTRAX289
The Occasionals are widely regarded as one of the foremost ceilidh dance bands. They have a huge reputation around the Scottish dance scene, and have been playing for dancing the length and breadth of Europe since 1986. Great dancing nights are still to be found in halls around Scotland, where… read more
— All Time Top Sellers — 2018 Top 20 — 2017 Top 20 — Celtic Collections — Accordion & Melodeon — Bagpipes — Fiddle — CD — CDGMP8008
Celtic Collections vol 8.
Well known and loved tunes take you on a musical journey around Scotland. “My heart’s in the Highlands, wherever I go” ...wrote Robert (Rabbie) Burns who loved the landscape and music of this uniquely beautiful part of the world. This album is a musical evocation of the stunning mountains,… read more
— Accordion & Melodeon — Ceilidh & Scottish Dance Bands — Stream or Download only — CDTRAX259
Tremendous sets from the top ceilidh dance band. A selection of sets for Scottish Ceilidh dancing, featuring a range of traditional and contemporary tunes, with some new compositions by Freeland Barbour and Ian Hardie. Written information about the tunes and dances is included. Featuring Freeland… read more
— Accordion & Melodeon — Stream or Download only — CDTRAX255
Winner of the coveted Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections in 2003 (then aged 15) and the In The Tradition Awards 2001, Harriet Bartlett has been playing the piano accordion for eight years, adding vocals to her performance over the past two years. The album consists of four songs and eight… read more
— Accordion & Melodeon — Ceilidh & Scottish Dance Bands — Stream or Download only — CDTRAX184
From The Music Hall, Aberdeen.
One of Scotland’s most popular ceilidh bands The Occasionals, recorded live in November 1998. Freeland Barbour (accordion), Ian Hardie (fiddle), Kevin MacLeod (banjo) and Gus Millar (drums). A more compact line-up for this live album, when Ian Hardie replaced Mairi Campbell on fiddle and became a… read more
— Accordion & Melodeon — Stream or Download only — CDTRAX169
A well known figure in accordion circles for his work with contemporary bands Seelyhoo and Burach, Sandy Brechin has broadened his horizons even further with The Sandy Brechin Band, which includes Colin MacFarlane (guitars, mandolin, lapsteel, keyboard), Aaron Jones (bass guitar) and Jim Walker of… read more
— Accordion & Melodeon — Solo Singers & Songwriters — CD — CDTRAX9052
Davie Stewart was one of Scotland’s travelling people, a character who sang and played melodeon as he travelled around the country, visiting fairs and festivals. Davie was recorded by Hamish Henderson in Dundee and Edinburgh over a period of years between 1954 and 1962. This album was originally… read more
— Accordion & Melodeon — Ceilidh & Scottish Dance Bands — Stream or Download only — CDTRAX129
On this, his 21st album, Fergie MacDonald surrounded himself with an array of mainly younger musicians and, with Phil Cunningham in the producer’s chair, a wonderfully punchy, toe-tapping record has come out. Greentrax was delighted to welcome the great Fergie MacDonald on to the label, adding… read more
— Accordion & Melodeon — Ceilidh & Scottish Dance Bands — Stream or Download only — CDTRAX107
The Complete Scottish Ceilidh Dance vol 2.
The hard working and favourite Scottish ceilidh/dance band The Occasionals includes founder and ace accordionist Freeland Barbour, Runrig’s lead guitarist Malcolm Jones, Mairi Campbell (fiddle, viola), stringed maestro Kevin MacLeod (tenor banjo, mandolin, octave mandolin, guitar), Neil MacMillan… read more
Robbie Shepherd wrote a sleeve note for this album and one of his comments was: “The lift is there for dancing feet and the lilt is there for discerning ears.” This was the first Scottish dance band signed to Greentrax, in 1990, and it was a cracker. The then young Craig McCallum was already… read more
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