Tracks: Spirits of The Land * If Wishes Were Horses * Jamestown * Gaol Ghlinn Oirinn * Red Roses and Razorblades * The Manager * Diminished Dreams * Falling Leaves * Comfortable Lie * A Place Of Welcome * Hebridean Island Morning * Snow in Bordeaux * Close Our Eyes and Sleep * Highland Line.
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From an idea submitted by singer/songwriter Jim Hunter to The Highland Festival was born the Songhunter project, attracting a staggering 430 competition entries from Highlands and Islands songwriters.
The incredibly difficult task of reducing that figure to a touring repertoire of some twenty songs was undertaken by a panel, while Jim Hunter formed the Songhunter Band which included members of Wolfstone and the Old Blind Dogs.
The album is a sample of the great breadth and quality of songwriting in the Highlands and Islands which, until this time, had been vastly underrated. The album redresses the balance and confirms the ‘spirit of this land’ is strong!
Heather MacLeod and Shona Arthur (vocals) * Jim Hunter (vocals, guitars) * Andy Thorburn (keyboards, piano, accordion) * Andy Murray (electric and acoustic guitars, vocals) * Graham Flett (bass guitar, double bass) * Jamie Ash (drums, percussion) * Fraser Fifield (saxophones) * Jonny Hardie (fiddle, mandolin) and Caitlin Mann (cello).
With songs by John Holliday, Karel Fialka, Alan McLeod, Niall Gordon, Christine McLenaghan, Bob Dunsmore, Debby Oliver, Findlay Napier, Robert McDonald and Craig Anderson, Steve King, Richard Golding, Fiona Cameron, Bill McMillan, Anne Lupton and Ken MacLennan, Michael Hutchings and Jack Aldam.