Greentrax Recordings
Greentrax Recordings

1986-2024: Celebrating Scotland's Music for 38 years

Ian Green: 1934-2024

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26 tracks:

  • Calum MacLean - ‘S Daor A Cheannaich Mi An t-Iasgach
  • Angus Nicolson - Braigh Rusgaidh
  • John Kennedy - A Mhic An Toisich ‘S Ceanalt’ Thu
  • Angus C MacLeod - An Eala Bhan
  • Captain Donald Joseph MacKinnon - Oran Eile Air Latha Chuil Lodair
  • John Macinnes - ‘S Mor Mo Churam ‘S Mi Ga Stuirreadh
  • Ronald MacDonald - Ochoin A Righ, Gura Mi Tha Muladach
  • Kate Laing - Braigh Loch Iall
  • Angus Campbell - Mo Thruaighe Leir Thu, ‘ille Bhuidhe
  • Dr Allan MacDonald - Oran An t-Saighdear
  • Allan S Gray - Gura Moch Rinn Mi Dusgadh
  • Kate MacDonald - ‘S Muladach Mi ‘S Mi Air M’ Aineoil
  • Mrs Annie Arnott - Sabhal Iain ‘Ic Uisdein
  • Penny MacLellan - ‘S I A-Nochd A’ Chiad Oidche ‘N Fhoghair
  • Mrs Kate Buchanan - Soraidh Leis A’ Bhreacan Ur
  • Daniel MacKenzie - Bu Chaomh Leam Bhith Mire
  • Donald MacPherson - A Cholla, Mo Ruin
  • Catriona MacIntyre - Nighean Na Cailliche Crotaiche, Crubaich / ‘S E An t-Eileadh Beag Bu Docha Leam
  • Marion Campbell - Latha Dhan Fhinn Am Beinn Iongnaidh
  • Georgina Murray - A Nighneag A’ Chuil Duinn Nach Fhan Thu?
  • Angus Lawrie - Miss Elspeth Campbell / MacLellan’s Overcoat / The Rejected Suitor
  • Kenny John MacLeod - The 79th’s Farewell To Gibraltar
  • Peter MacCormick - General MacDonald
  • Rona Lightfoot - Cumha Mairi Nighean Alasdair Ruaidh
  • Farquhar Macrae - The Atholl Highlanders’ March To Loch Katrine / The Laird Of Thrums / Jenny Dang The Weaver


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Field Recordings of Gaelic Music & Song From The Highlands & Islands by Calum MacLean

A double CD set with one CD consisting of songs and the other featuring instrumental music.

The School of Scottish Studies and Greentrax are delighted to present this double CD collection, selected from the extensive collecting of Calum MacLean.

Calum MacLean (Calum an Tàilleir) was born in Oskaig, Isle of Raasay in 1915, and was educated locally before entering the University of Edinburgh, gaining a first class degree in Celtic in 1939. His further studies took him to Ireland where in due course his work as a collector began. MacLean worked assiduously collecting nineteen bound volumes of transcribed lore and a further five full bound volumes of his diaries.

In 1951 MacLean began to formally work at the newly founded School of Scottish Studies in Edinburgh as their first appointed collector. He was the first person to undertake the full-time systematic collecting of Gaelic songs, stories and traditions in the Highlands and Islands. Everywhere he went he found the best contacts and tradition bearers and gathered in a vast amount of oral material straight from people’s memories.

In 1956 MacLean was diagnosed with cancer and in 1960, at the age of forty-four, his life and work were tragically cut short.

This double CD set arises from a major project at Celtic and Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh, funded by the AHRC, and undertaken by a project team comprising Dr John Shaw (Principal Investigator), Dr Andrew Wiseman (Researcher) and Naomi Harvey (Researcher). The project was based on material held in the National Folklore Collection, University College Dublin, and in the School of Scottish Studies Archives, University of Edinburgh.

CD1 comprises a wide range of singers and songs from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, while CD2 consists of instrumental music, equally diverse and also from the Highlands and Islands, all collected by Calum MacLean.

This is a remarkable and unique Scottish Tradition Series collection, adding even more depth to the Series.

The album was mastered by Peter Haigh of Pier House Studios and the design is by John Slavin of Designfolk.

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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