Greentrax Recordings
Greentrax Recordings

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

Ian Green: 1934-2024

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CD1: Scots Women led by Heather Heywood - The Sands O’ The Shore * Aly Bain MBE & Phil Cunningham MBE - Donald Maclean’s Farewell To Oban Set * The Scottish Pals Singers - Keep Right On To The End Of The Road / It’s A Long Way To Tipperary / Pack Up Your Troubles * Dick Gaughan - The Last Trip Home * Siobhan Miller - Moon River * Tony McManus, Alain Genty & Soig Siberil - Zagreb * Catherine-Ann MacPhee - O Teannaibh Dluth Is Togaibh Fonn * The McCalmans - Peatbog Soldiers * Mairi Campbell & Jack Evans - Both Sides The Tweed * Robin Laing - Heavy Horses * Eilidh Shaw, Kathryn Nicoll, Mary Ann Kennedy, Jack Evans, Ian Hardie & Duncan MacGillivray - The Gael Set * Sylvia Barnes & Sandy Stanage - Field Of Bannockburn * Janet Russell & Christine Kydd - The Fisherman’s Wife * Bell’s Big Ceilidh Band - Jigs * Eric Bogle - Santa Bloody Claus.

CD2: Scottish Women led by Ishbel MacAskill - Canan Nan Gaidheal * Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas - The High Reel Set * Brian McNeill - The Rovin’ Dies Hard * Heather Heywood - The Bonny Moorhen * Mairi Campbell & Hamish Moore - The Piper And The Maker * Benny Gallagher - Tusitala * Isla St Clair - The Shian Road * Hamish Henderson - The 51st Highland Division’s Farewell To Sicily * Gary West - The Flooers O’ The Forest * Eric Bogle - The End Of An Auld Song * Jean Redpath MBE - The White Cockade * Mairearad Green, Jack Evans & Dougie Pincock - The Dark Island Medley * Lizzie Higgins - The Jolly Beggar * The Pipes And Drums The 1st Battalion The Black Watch - Ye Jacobites By Name Set * Gordon Duncan - Bass Drone Blitz.


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Greentrax 30th Anniversary Collection

Greentrax Recordings Ltd, which includes the Greentrax, Culburnie, G2 and Celtic Collections labels, is a company with some 500 releases, now regarded by many as Scotland’s leading traditional music company and one of the largest independents in the UK. This “special projects” selection includes tracks from albums which were later featured in sell-out concerts at the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow, as well as other albums which were actually recorded live at Celtic Connections and other venues.

2016 is the 30th Anniversary of Greentrax Recordings and to mark the occasion Greentrax has released this double CD of 30 tracks, selected by Managing Director Ian Green from the many special projects of the past thirty years. The compilation includes tracks from not only the Greentrax label but also the Culburnie label (licensed from Alasdair Fraser for the UK, Europe and other territories), also celebrating 30 years in 2016. As well as these, there are tracks from the School of Scottish Studies Sound Archive, the G2 Label and the Celtic Collections Budget Series. A lot of care and thought went into the selection and Ian Green is confident that it is an exciting snapshot of the many special projects Greentrax has undertaken over the thirty years.

In selecting tracks, the rich Culburnie Records catalogue, including the many Alasdair Fraser albums, proved a difficult choice but Ian Green finally settled on The High Reel Set from the award-winning Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas Fire And Grace album. Choosing a track from the 27 albums in the highly rated Scottish Tradition Series also proved to be a daunting task but the Lizzie Higgins version of The Jolly Beggar, from the very popular Muckle Sangs album, won the day. A short but well sung version of Robert Burns’ The White Cockade is from the internationally acclaimed Jean Redpath & Serge Hovey collaboration The Songs of Robert Burns.

Tracks were selected to represent such stunning projects as Aly Bain & Friends, from what was probably one of the best TV series of all time - Aly & Phil Cunningham play an exciting set. The best-selling Gaelic Women album is highlighted by Catherine-Ann MacPhee performing one of her favourite songs. The concept was later presented as a hugely successful concert at Celtic Connections and a follow-up Scots Women concert was equally successful - Heather Heywood leads Scots Women and the Band in The Sands O’ The Shore. Scottish Women, a combination of both Scots and Gaelic Women, went on a Scottish tour and was recorded, including the late great Ishbel MacAskill leading Scottish Women and the Band in the Gaelic classic Canan Nan Gaidheal.

The prestigious Tapestry albums released as companions to Andrew Crummy’s beautifully designed and widely travelled tapestries are highlighted with tracks from The Battle Of Prestonpans - The Pipes And Drums Of The 1st Battalion The Black Watch with a Jacobite selection; The Great Tapestry Of Scotland represented by the winning entry in a competition to find a Robert Louis Stevenson song - Tusitala by Benny Gallagher; and The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry with a Brian McNeill original, The Rovin’ Dies Hard.

An album in tribute to the sadly missed Davy Steele - Steele The Show - was another hugely successful stage presentation at Celtic Connections and Dick Gaughan’s interpretation of The Last Trip Home was a must; while a project which started off as a double CD - Far, Far From Ypres - Songs, Poems & Music Of World War One - rapidly gained concert legs with sell-outs at Celtic Connections and other venues, under the guidance of producer Ian McCalman. Currently the No.1 best-selling Greentrax album (including visitor centres across Flanders) this was, for both Ian McCalman and Ian Green, a real joy to work on and includes many classics.

Other albums represented in the collection include:

  • Gentle Giants, focussing on the noble Clydesdale horse - Robin Laing sings Heavy Horses.
  • Scots In The Spanish Civil War - a previously un-released version of Peatbog Soldiers by the original McCalmans was included and a concert version of the album was yet another Celtic Connections success.
  • The Nineties Collection, a veritable “who’s who” of Scottish composers and musicians of which any track could have been chosen but the Traditional Music and Song Association who were behind the project kindly agreed to the opening set of tunes.
  • Sandy Bell’s Ceilidh is a breath of Bell’s Bar in 1988 and a set of tunes by Bell’s Big Ceilidh Band was most appropriate.
  • The Piper and The Maker resulted from the live recordings of a sell-out Pitlochry concert - on the album Mairi Campbell & Hamish Moore perform the title track.
  • Hamish Henderson is featured singing The 51st Highland Division’s Farewell to Sicily on a Hamish Henderson Tribute album released after his death.

The Eric Bogle - Singing The Spirit Home box set is the most ambitious collection released by Greentrax to date and comprises five CDs of songs selected by Eric, with the track The End Of An Auld Song from The Emigrant And The Exile album representing this hugely prolific songwriter’s work. Eric’s Santa Bloody Claus is a track which featured on Ian Green’s selected and idiosyncratic, best-selling, alternative Christmas songs album Bah! Humbug.

Other tracks which deserve special mention include:

Mastering by Peter Haigh of Pier House Studios and design by John Slavin of Designfolk.

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