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34 tracks

CD1 (45 mins): Na Faighinn Gille ri Cheannach * Faigh a-nuas Dhuinn am Botul * Mo Cheud Iomagain Gach ni Chluinn Mi * Gradh Geal mo Chridh * Chaidh Moill air mo Leirsinn * Calum Beag o Thir a’ Mhurain * Ruidhleadh Cailleach, Sheatadh Cailleach * Faca Sibh Mairi Nighean Alasdair? * Chaidh an Dileag ud ‘nam Cheann * Mo Run a’ Mhaighdeann * Clo Nan Gillean * ‘S Mithich Dhuinn Eirigh mo Nighean Donn * Latha Dhomh ‘s mi ‘m Beinn a’ Cheathaich * Di-Sathuirne Ghabh mi Mulad * Nighean Baillidh a Loch Bhraon * March, Strathspey & Reel.

CD2 (45 mins): Failte Dhruim Fionn * Fhir a’ Chinn Duibh * Is Fhada Tha Mi an Cul Beinn Eadarra * Pilliu pillililileoghain * Cha Till Mi Tuilleadh (pipe tune) * Port na h-Eala Air an Traigh * ‘S Olc an Obair do Theachdairean Cadal * Luran * Sealgair a’ Choilich Bhuidhe * Sgeulachd a’ Choire * He o ho a Raghnaill Ud Thall * Oran do’n Mhusg * Fhir nan Gormshuilean Meallach * Tha thu Suarach Umam an Diugh * Nach Coma Leat, ‘ille Dhuibh, Tarruinn an t-Sreang * Oran do’n Eideadh Ghaidhealach * Latha Chuil-Iodair * Oran a’ Bhotuil.

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Calum & Annie Johnston - Songs, Stories & Piping From Barra

Calum & Annie Johnston were born on the Scottish Hebridean island of Barra.

As this album amply demonstrates, both were fine singers - by which is meant not so much that they possessed voices which would have been at home on the concert stage, as that they performed their songs with great sympathy, with subtlety and with respect for the Gaelic context in which both they and the songs had their origins.

Calum was also a piper. He died suddenly, while piping the coffin of Sir Compton MacKenzie to the grave in 1973.

The accompanying CD booklet contains the full Gaelic lyrics (with English translations), spoken track transcriptions, photographs and notes.

The Scottish Tradition Series consists of a selection of material previously held in the School of Scottish Studies Archives at the University of Edinburgh. The widely acclaimed collection is quite unique, and has been regarded as “the most important series of traditional recordings ever…”.

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