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1986-2018: Celebrating 32 Years of Scottish Music releases

news article for Far, Far From Ypres Stage Show

Posted: 13th February 2018

Scottish Tour - 2018

The Far, Far From Ypres stage show, produced by Ian McCalman and with a huge cast of performers, will tour Scotland in 2018:

  • Sunday 5th August - Victoria Halls, Selkirk
  • Thursday 9th August - His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen
  • Wednesday 29th August - Corran Halls, Oban
  • Friday 31st August - Aros Centre, Portree, Skye
  • Saturday 1st September - Village Hall, Ullapool
  • Sunday 7th October - Whitehall Theatre, Dundee
  • Sunday 14th October - Albert Halls, Stirling
  • Sunday 21th October - Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
  • Sunday 28th October - Theatre Royal, Dumfries
  • Sunday 11th November - Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Edinburgh, Perth and Greenock shows - 2014

After selling out The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall at Celtic Connections 2014 and receiving two standing ovations in the emotionally charged main auditorium, this moving show was presented several times again in the year of Homecoming Scotland 2014. It was also in commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of the so-called Great War of 1914-18.

The show was performed in August 2014 at The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh and Perth Concert Hall, and in October at the Beacon Arts Centre in Greenock.

The cast comprised Barbara Dickson, Phil Cunningham, Dick Gaughan, Siobhan Miller, Ian Bruce, Stephen Quigg, Gary West (pipes), Stevie Palmer, Mairi MacInnes (Gaelic song), John Blackwood, Fiona Forbes, Anne Murray, George Archibald, Charlie Milne, Jim Weatherston, May Weatherston, Peter McCulloch, Kenny MacDonald, Gordon Stewart, Norman Gore (snare drum), Donald Hay (snare drum), Brian Miller (guitar), Tom Ward (concertina), Dennis Wilson, Carol Prior and Allan Prior.

The narrator was BBC Radio Scotland’s Iain Anderson, Peter Heywood took care of graphic projection and Sandy Forbes was sound advisor. Ian McCalman, who instigated the production and wrote the script, directed and Ian Green took care of promotion.

Celtic Connections, Glasgow - January 2014

The latest sell-out concert of Far, Far From Ypres - the stage show which arose out of the double album of the same title, Songs Poems And Music Of World War I - took place in the main auditorium of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall at Celtic Connections 2014 on 17th January 2014.

The cast of twenty-six included Barbara Dickson, Phil Cunningham and Dick Gaughan and was brilliantly produced by Ian McCalman. The entire cast rose to the occasion and gave stunning performances which even exceeded those of 2012. Narration was by BBC radio presenter Iain Anderson and the overhead projection was by Peter Heywood.

“Congratulations to you and all those involved in this unforgettable production…” (Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture)

“What a moving concert and magnificent evening…” (Norman Drummond, Chairman of Parliamentary WW1 Commemoration Panel)

Overwhelming! This show should be seen by everyone. It was a beautifully crafted show. Come back anytime…” (Donald Shaw, Celtic Connections Director)

“It was an incredibly powerful performance…” (Carole Robinson, Scottish Government Culture Division)

“Superb, two standing ovations says it all… (Alistair Findlay)

“Truly fantastic… I thought the entire production was sensational…” (Fraser McCreadie)

“It was an honour to be present at this wonderful event. You could have heard a pin drop during the performance and the audience showed its appreciation with a standing and resounding ovation at the end.” (Ian Green)

The show features the large screen projection of relevant images throughout the evening, enhancing greatly the audience’s understanding of the story unfolding before them. The format of the evening takes the form of two fifty-minute halves with an interval.

It has a cast of ‘folk singing stars’, who remain on stage throughout the performance, singing the ‘trench’, ‘marching’ and Music Hall songs of the time. From that chorus, groups and soloists come to the middle of the stage and perform songs, both contemporary and traditional, about the Great War.

The narrator, Iain Anderson, brilliantly links the songs with stories about the hero of the show, Jimmy MacDonald, who was born in “any village in Scotland”. It tells of Jimmy’s recruitment and training then follows his journey to the Somme and back to Scotland.

It would not be a Scottish tragedy without laughter, so there are also stories of humour and joy that take this production well away from the path of unremitting gloom.

Written and directed by Ian McCalman, the production features 26 folk stars. Previous performances have included Dick Gaughan, Iain Anderson, Barbara Dickson, Sangsters, Ian Bruce, Siobhan Miller, Ian McCalman, Stevie Palmer, Stephen Quigg, Ragged Glory, Sineag MacIntyre, Soopna, Donald Hay, Drew Talbot, Dennis Wilson, Brian Miller, Tom Ward and a host of others.

Ian McCalman wishes to encourage the use of the script by schools and colleges for educational purposes.

The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh - August 2012

Far, Far From Ypres - From A Scottish Perspective was presented in The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh on Thursday 16th August 2012.

The cast for this concert included Barbara Dickson, Siobhan Miller, Dick Gaughan, Ian Bruce, Nick Keir, Stevie Palmer, Stephen Quigg, Donald Hay, Brian Miller and Tom Ward, with groups Sangsters, Soopna and Ragged Glory, plus Iain Anderson of BBC Radio Scotland. Peter Heywood provided overhead projection.

“an inspiringly convivial experience, where the audience joined the performers in choruses that echoed into the deep spaces of the hall… a standing ovation raised the roof of the Queen’s Hall for several minutes after the show had finished. It was a stirring end to a night honouring a terrible tragedy, one that left the entire audience moved and sombre, but strangely elated.” (Edinburgh Fringe concert review)

Celtic Connections, Glasgow - January 2012

Far, Far From Ypres - From A Scottish Perspective was presented in The Strathclyde Suite of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall at the Celtic Connections festival on Saturday 21st January 2012. The show was a massive success.

It was sold out in advance and many people remarked that it was one of the most moving stage presentations they had ever witnessed. Members of the audience were visibly moved and at the end of the second half there was a genuine standing ovation.

Ian McCalman is highly complimented for his superb work as researcher and producer, while Peter Heywood’s overhead projection was well chosen and added greatly to the excellent stage performances of a cast of many, including Barbara Dickson, Dick Gaughan and narrator Iain Anderson. Everyone rose to the occasion and made this a very memorable event.

Far, Far From Ypres was originally one of four popular themed sections within the Greentrax 25th Anniversary Concert in October 2011 at The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh.

“Powerful solos, robust melody and beautiful harmony, told stories of excitement and hope, suffering and endurance, humour and escapism, fear and disillusionment, in the words of those involved in the horrors of the Western Front.” (STV)

news article for Scots Of The Spanish Civil War

Posted: 5th February 2018

Wonder Fools in association with The Brunton Theatre and The Citizens Theatre are performing a play with songs and storytelling 549: Scots Of The Spanish Civil War at Prestonpans Town Hall, East Lothian.

The show runs from 7th to 10th February 2018 in Prestonpans, and then at The Citizens Theatre, Glasgow from 13th to 17th February 2018.

See more details, including links for booking tickets, at the Wonder Fools website.

For the duration of the show, Greentrax will be offering the album ¡No Pasaran! (They Shall Not Pass) - Scots In The Spanish Civil War at a Special Offer price.

Posted: 5th December 2017

Fiona J Mackenzie - Duan Nollaig (A Gaelic Christmas)

A unique recording of Christmas songs in Gaelic by one of Scotland’s favourite Gaelic singers and former Mod Gold Medal winner Fiona J Mackenzie. Includes such favourites as Silent Night, Away In A Manger, In The Bleak Midwinter, Child In A Manger, We Wish You A Merry Christmas, Halleluiah (featured in the film Shrek) and more. A quite stunning album.

cover image for Keltik Elektrik - vol 1 (Edinburgh Hogmanay Party Mix)

Keltik Elektrik – Edinburgh Hogmanay Party Mix

A best-selling Greentrax favourite, ideal for your Christmas or New Year dance party. It really grooves. This is a fun album for people who enjoy a “Celtic fling”. Was TV-advertised on its release and has achieved remarkable sales.

The Best Of Bill Barclay

This live album of Edinburgh’s own Bill Barclay includes a re-recording of the “hit single” The Twelve (Drunken) Days Of Christmas plus other songs, interspersed with Bill’s side-splitting humour. Great for Christmas and New Year parties. Was on the Bah! Humbug compilation album (now deleted).

Eric Bogle - By Request

Includes the hilarious Santa Bloody Claus, in which Eric Bogle takes a swipe at the ever-increasing commercialism of Christmas. Was also on the Bah! Humbug album. Included on this album are No Man’s Land (aka Greenfields of France), And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda, Leaving Nancy, Now I’m Easy and more - his most requested songs.

news article for November 2017 News

Posted: 5th November 2017

Apologies for some recent mail order delays, normal service has now been resumed. This was entirely due to the very sad death of Ian Green’s wife June Green on 7th October, after a long illness.

This month’s Special Offer as we approach Armistice Day is Far, Far From Ypres - Songs, Poems & Music Of World War One. A double CD, this album consists of World War One soldiers’ marching and trench songs, with music hall songs of that period, as well as songs, poems and piping tunes composed about WW1 and performed by such artists as The Corries, The McCalmans, Eric Bogle, Dick Gaughan and many more.

Margaret Stewart and Hamish Moore have recently returned from the hugely popular Celtic Colours music festival held annually in Cape Breton Island. Other Greentrax artists on the bill included Seudan, Cathy-Ann MacPhee, Allan MacDonald and Paul McKenna.

Posted: 15th October 2017

Ian’s wife June died in the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh on Saturday 7th October 2017.

The funeral took place on 18th October at Mortonhall Crematorium, Edinburgh.

news article for Recent Best Sellers

Posted: 25th September 2017

The best selling Greentrax albums in recent weeks in the Scottish Parliament shop are:

The current best sellers by mail order and through retail outlets are:

news article for Tannahill Weavers Tour Dates

Posted: 25th September 2017

​The Tannahill Weavers continue their busy performance schedule with tour dates in the USA in October 2017 and Germany, Belgium & Netherlands in November/December. In February and April 2018 they tour the UK. See the Tannahill Weavers complete tour dates on their website.

​The Tannahill Weavers are Roy Gullane, Phil Smillie, John Martin and Lorne MacDougall.

As they approach their 50th anniversary in 2018, the Tannahill Weavers are one of Scotland’s premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people.

Over the years ‘the Tannies’ have been trailblazers for Scottish music, and their tight harmonies and powerful, inventive arrangements have won them fans from beyond the folk and Celtic music scenes. In 2011 the band was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame, and in 2014 they are joined by innovative piper Lorne MacDougall. Lorne comes with a high pedigree, having arranged and performed pipes for the Disney Pixar movie Brave, along with a long list of other accomplishments.

See Lorne MacDougall’s Greentrax album Hello World.

news article for September 2017 News

Posted: 3rd September 2017

The Scots Trad Music Awards 2017 will be held in the Lagoon Centre, Paisley on Saturday, 2nd December. Greentrax Recordings will again be sponsoring the award for Live Act Of The Year.

Mercat Tours continue to sell many of the Greentrax best seller Far, Far From Ypres - Songs, Poems & Music Of World War One on their tours of the World War One Battlefields in Flanders. If you do not have a copy of this classic double CD for the price of one then order now!

Sandy Bell’s Ceilidh (Celtic Collections vol 10), with an artist list which includes The McCalmans, Aly Bain, Dick Gaughan and many other Sandy Bell’s Bar regulars of the 1970s, sells well in the Bar and is available to order direct from Greentrax.

news article for June 2017 News

Posted: 20th June 2017

Many people have been in touch about our July release Gaelic Stories Told By Peter Morrison (Scottish Tradition Series vol 14) and online pre-orders have been healthy.

Nick Keir’s recent double album release 1953-2013 continues to sell well and is getting a lot of radio play we are told.

The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry was recently on display in Prestonpans during The Three Harbours Festival, after visits to Westminster in London, and St Giles in Edinburgh, and is now on a tour in Scotland. The Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry is on tour around The Highlands from July. Greentrax albums to accompany each tapestry are available: The Scottish Diaspora - The Music And The Song and The Battle Of Prestonpans 1745 - Music And Song Of The Campaign.

This month, the Bruce & Walker (Ian Bruce and Ian Walker) Born To Rottenrow CD & DVD set is available on offer from Greentrax for £10.00 (usually £15.00). A very fine collection of their older songs on the DVD but with their more recent songs on the CD.

news article for Margaret Stewart Performances

Posted: 10th May 2017

Gaelic singer Margaret Stewart has performance dates coming up later in 2017:

Visit Margaret Stewart’s website and see Greentrax albums featuring Margaret Stewart.

news article for April 2017 News

Posted: 27th April 2017

It is with sadness Ian Green reports that Pipe Major Iain McLeod of Edinburgh City Police Pipe Band (Lothian & Borders Pipe Band) passed away at the end of March, after a fall at home resulting in a hip fracture. Iain led the Band from 1959 until his retirement from the Police in 1978. Under his leadership the Band was one of the most universally recognised and successful pipe bands of all time, winning the World Pipe Band Championships five times. In 2016 Greentrax was proud to release a compilation album selected from the Band’s LPs, Revisited - Pipe Major Iain McLeod’s Selection. Iain was delighted with the release.

Matthew Tighe, a hugely talented young English fiddler, is currently recording his debut album under the guidance of producer Brian McNeill at Watercolour Studios. Also, the brilliant Gaelic singer Sineag Macintyre is to record her debut album for Greentrax later this year. Release information for both of these albums will follow shortly.

The Nick Keir 1953-2013 compilation reflecting the talents of the singer-songwriter is expected in stock soon. Ian Green says “This is truly a remarkable collection by any standard”. The album is rarely off the Greentrax CD player and advance orders have been very brisk.

news article for Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas Tour Dates

Posted: 27th April 2017

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas continue to tour around the US, and have performance dates lined up in the UK too in May 2017:

  • Thursday, May 18th: Eastgate Arts Center, Peebles
  • Friday, May 19th: Masham Town Hall, Masham, Ripon
  • Sunday, May 21st: Matthews Hall, Topsham, Exeter
  • Tuesday, May 23rd: Ropetackle Arts Center, Shoreham-by-Sea
  • Wednesday, May 24th: King’s Place, Kings Cross, London
  • Friday, May 26th: New Cut, Halesworth, Suffolk

Their regular Summer course on the Isle of Skye in July this year is as oversubscribed as ever, however there is a waiting list.

news article for Auld Hat New Heids in 2017

Posted: 29th March 2017

​Auld Hat New Heids - four of Scotland’s top folk singers and musicians recreate the fabulous fun days of the 1960s and 70s on the Scottish Folk scene: Pete Clark (fiddle), Gregor Lowrey (accordion), Fraser Bruce (vocal) and Ian Bruce (vocal, guitar, mandolin).

Visit Fraser Bruce’s website to see all forthcoming Auld Hat New Heids Scottish performance dates in 2017.

Following what proved to be a very successful run of concerts in 2016, the quartet played to a sell-out audience at the 2017 Celtic Connections festival in January.

Their audiences have enjoyed the nostalgia of a trip back to the early days of the folk clubs of the 1960s and 70s and the group have received wonderful show reviews.

Come along and sing along!

“Scottish songs that we all know but are now seldom heard will have you singing your heart out…”

Auld Hat New Heidsperformance

news article for March 2017 News

Posted: 3rd March 2017

Greentrax are currently assembling a Nick Keir Collected album, with tracks from Nick Keir’s four solo albums and selected tracks from McCalmans albums. All are his own songs apart from one cover version. The double CD will have 37 tracks and sell for the price of a single CD. Expected release date is May or June 2017.

The Greentrax mascot Mairibeg passed away recently, much to the sadness of all of the Greentrax staff - this little West Highland terrier will be missed.

news article for February 2017 News

Posted: 8th February 2017

We are receiving great feedback on Alan Bell’s album The Cocklers (Songs From A Time And Place) from radio presenters and reviewers.

Feedback on recent releases from Eric Bogle with John Munro (Voices), Freeland Barbour & Friends (The Music And The Land) and The McCalmans (Lost Tracks) is also excellent. Our mail order has been busy over the past few months!

Auld Hats New Heids headlined at Celtic Connections last month and was reported to be a “memorable night” - the group “put on the show of their lives”. The line-up includes Fraser & Ian Bruce (vocals and guitars) with Gregor Lowrey (accordion) and Pete Clark (fiddle). A tour around the country continues and it would a mistake to miss it.

news article for Robert Burns song CDs for Burns Night

Posted: 12th January 2017

Be prepared for Burns Night on January 25th!

We have a range of Robert Burns song CDs available for direct online ordering.

These include the ever-popular Songs Of Robert Burns from the mid-priced Celtic Collections series, Jean Redpath’s Songs of Robert Burns series, and albums by Rod Paterson and Gill Bowman.

news article for Christmas 2016 Newsletter

Posted: 6th December 2016

​View or download our Christmas 2016 Newsletter (pdf format) with news on releases and events, and also our Top 20 Albums in 2016.

news article for Benefit Concert for Dick Gaughan

Posted: 7th November 2016

Illness has curtailed the activities one of Edinburgh’s greatest performers, Dick Gaughan, but not before some old pals and fans have rallied to help.

A benefit concert on Sunday 27th November 2016 (7.30pm) at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre will feature Billy Bragg, Phil Cunningham & Aly Bain, Karine Polwart and Eddi Reader (plus more friends to be confirmed) and will be compered by Elaine C Smith.

See the event on Facebook and buy tickets from the Festival Theatre.

Billy Bragg, a long-time admirer of Dick Gaughan, has been well known since the 1980s when he burst into a fraught political decade and became very quickly recognised for his songs presenting “the perfect Venn diagram between the political and the personal” (The Guardian).

Phil & Aly have been life-long friends of Dick’s since the 1970s when Aly and Dick were members of the renowned folk group Boys Of The Lough.

Karine Polwart has long been a fan of Dick’s and in the past 20 years or so has become a very well-known award-winning performer.

Photo by Niall Reddy.

news article for October 2016 News

Posted: 13th October 2016

Ian Green was saddened by Angus R Grant’s death. He was a lovely man and a very talented musician.

Greentrax 30th Anniversary – The Special Projects: “Greentrax Recordings are celebrating their 30th anniversary, and during those years have not only released albums by many individuals and groups, but also numerous ‘special project’ CDs. They’re marking their milestone with a low-priced double CD featuring 30 tracks from those project albums, as a fascinating snapshot of their history. These albums include Aly Bain & Friends, Scots Women, Far, Far From Ypres, Gaelic Women, The Scottish Diaspora, the whole Scottish Tradition series and too many more to mention. The artists on the compilation range from Lizzie Higgins to Dick Gaughan, Ishbel MacAskill to Gordon Duncan, Alasdair Fraser to Eric Bogle, Brian McNeill to Siobhan Miller, Tony McManus to The McCalmans - you get the picture. All in all a remarkable collection of material carefully selected and put together by Ian Green, in a varied but surprisingly cohesive listening experience. Pretty good Christmas presents for all your mates, I reckon.” (Bob Walton, fRoots Magazine)

The Edinburgh City Police Pipe Band - Revisited album received an excellent review by Chris MacKenzie in the recent issue of Piping Today (issue 82). There was also an excellent six page feature, consisting of photos, album covers and an extensive interview with Pipe Major Iain McLeod by Andrew Bova.

The recently released album Voices by Eric Bogle with John Munro continues to sell well, as does Greentrax 30th Anniversary Collection - The Special Projects which is currently available as a free special offer with any two other albums from the Greentrax catalogue.

The Great Tapestry of Scotland is apparently in store at present, after an extensive tour of Scotland and beyond, while it is decided where the Tapestry should be on permanent exhibition in the Scottish Borders. The Music and Song of The Great Tapestry of Scotland is a double CD of songs representing many of the panels of the Tapestry and released in association with it.

Greentrax is again sponsoring an award at the Scots Trad Music Awards which this year will be held in the Caird Hall, Dundee, on Saturday, 3rd December 2016. Performers on the night are expected to include the Scott Wood Band, Songs Of Separation, Wilma Kennedy, Halton Quartet, Mohsen Amini, Abercraig (young musicians from Tayside), Tryst (10 amazing pipers), Dallahan and more to be announced. There will also be a late night ceilidh after the Awards until 1am. Ian Green, who missed the last two Awards, due to family illness, hopes to attend on this occasion and meet many of his friends from around Scotland. The nominations for the 16 awards have opened and voting goes live on 1st November. You can find out more about the 2016 Awards and buy tickets (£22) here.

Legend Robbie Shepherd MBE has recently retired from Take The Floor, BBC Radio Scotland’s flagship Scottish dance band programme. Robbie has been presenting the programme since the early 1980s and his wonderful, couthy style of presentation will be greatly missed by everyone on the Scottish traditional music scene. Robbie has received many awards over the years and was recently presented with the Landmark Award by Simon Thoumire of Hands Up For Trad. He is also an author and writer for the The Press and Journal. At the moment Esma Shepherd, Robbie’s charming wife, is in hospital because of a hip replacement which has gone wrong. We wish Esma a speedy recovery and best wishes to Robbie in the future. There is one thing certain - Robbie will not go into full retirement. Ian Green had the pleasure of being interviewed on several occasions by Robbie and always found it an enjoyable and relaxed experience. The new presenter of Take The Floor will be Gary Innes.

news article for Eric Bogle in Edinburgh, Brittany & Ireland

Posted: 5th September 2016

Eric Bogle made a short but very welcome visit to Europe during August 2016, along with John Munro & Peter Titchener.

The two concerts at The Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh, were sold out. The atmosphere in the hall was electric and standing ovations were the order of the day. The Dublin and Belfast gigs were packed and Eric and his two mates thoroughly enjoyed the Irish trip. The trio were guests at Lorient Celtic Music Festival in France.

Eric’s two performances in Ireland were associated with the Battle Of The Somme Centenary commemorations and the Irish regiments who fought in this tragic battle.

See all of Eric Bogle’s current tour dates.

Eric’s latest album Voices is proving to be very popular and sales to date have been brilliant, with increased sale of Eric’s back catalogue albums.

news article for There Was A Soldier at the Edinburgh Fringe

Posted: 15th August 2016

A show called There Was A Soldier takes place at the Edinburgh Fringe on August 16th & 17th.

This is an offshoot of Ian McCalman’s Far Far from Ypres stage project, which came about after the discovery of letters from a WW1 soldier to the late aunt of Liz Reid. Liz and friend Mary Boylan put a version of the show together which was local to West Lothian, using the letters as a starting point, and discovered many local WW1 connections. Ian McCalman’s original script was adapted, with his permission.

Many of the songs are the same, with five original ones, two of which were written by a Broxburn soldier in the trenches, in an old jotter which was sent to his family with his belongings after he was killed - actually really humorous considering the situation.

Taking part in the show are music groups Tryst, Cockleroy and Iolaire, and eleven talented teenagers who sing, play pipes or drum - all being ages with many who signed up for war. One of them, Sam (16), sings Black Is The Sun with such intensity that you’d swear he’d been there and experienced the gas for himself.

“Local history at its best - performers live these songs - moving, uplifting, superb!” (Fiona Hyslop, Culture Minister)

Book tickets at the Edinburgh Fringe website.

news article for Daimh USA & Canada Tour - Summer 2016

Posted: 10th August 2016

Daimh are excited to be heading back across the pond to the US during August. They’ll also be making their first trip to Ontario, Canada.

They look forward to seeing some familiar faces and making new friends!

The band undertook a Scottish tour in June and July. Starting off with some island-hopping, they played the Isle of Skye, South Uist and were one of the very few bands that managed the mythical journey from Lochboisdale to Mallaig for a homecoming of sorts in Glenuig Hall - where they launched their first album Moidart To Mabou 16 years ago! They played a few venues new to them, from a gig on a boat to Scottish Island number 24 for the band - the Isle of Gigha! They finished at the Stonehaven Folk Festival which was recorded for BBC Scotland’s Travelling Folk.

For more information on venues, and the latest dates, see the Daimh official website.

news article for Celebrating 30 Years in 2016

Posted: 11th July 2016

Greentrax Recordings Ltd celebrates its 30th Anniversary in 2016 - it is now regarded by many as Scotland’s leading traditional music record company and one of the largest independents in the UK.

At thirty years, Greentrax continues to lead the way with wide-ranging releases, from the very traditional to the most contemporary. In addition to the Greentrax label, there is also the G2 Label, Culburnie (licensed from Alasdair Fraser), the Scottish Tradition Series (from the School of Scottish Studies Sound Archive) and the budget priced Celtic Collections Series. Culburnie Records also celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2016 and an excellent relationship exists between the two companies.

In thirty years Greentrax has released close on 500 albums and the current Greentrax catalogue contains an amazing mix of Scottish and other music. A full colour catalogue is maintained along with a complete numerical list.

To celebrate the anniversary, Greentrax Recordings is releasing a very special double CD album of tracks selected by Ian Green from the many “special projects” undertaken in 30 years. The compilation includes 30 tracks from such acclaimed albums as Gaelic Women, Scots Women, Scottish Women, Steele The Show, Bah! Humbug, Far, Far From Ypres, The Eric Bogle Box Set, Guitar Music From Scotland, Scots In The Spanish Civil War, the three Tapestry albums, the Culburnie and G2 labels and much, much more.

The many awards bestowed on Greentrax Recordings and Ian Green personally include The Hamish Henderson Award for Services to Traditional Music, entry into The Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame, an Honorary Doctorate from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama plus more recently the prestigious Hands Up For Trad Landmark Award. Ian also received the Local Business Hero Award from The Midlothian & East Lothian Chamber of Commerce in 2014. Greentrax artists have also received individual awards but too many to list here.

Ian Green’s autobiography Fuzz To Folk - Trax Of My Life, published by Luath Press in 2010, was Book Of The Month in The Scots Magazine for April 2011. It was also selected as one of the books in the 2011 Scottish Libraries Summer Reads promotion, being made immediately available in every Scottish library. Several five star reviews can be seen on the Fuzz To Folk listing on Amazon. Greentrax is re-launching Ian’s autobiography in this anniversary year, and copies are also available to order online here.

The slimmed-down Greentrax team these days consists of June Green (director), Elaine Sunter (accounts & royalties) and Pat Clark (mail order & mailouts). Ian Green is the founder of the company and Managing Director.

Top photo: A younger Ian Green!

Below: June and “Doctor Ian” at the RSAMD

news article for Greentrax Presented With Landmark Award

Posted: 13th June 2016

On Wednesday 8th June 2016, Ian Green was presented with the prestigious Hands Up For Trad Landmark Award by Simon Thoumire at the Greentrax office in Cockenzie. The Landmark Awards exist to record the amazing landmarks that Scottish cultural organisations reach - in the case of Greentrax, 30 years of top quality releases.

A number of guests were invited along to the presentation by Simon, which was celebrated with a glass or two of champagne. Present were Greentrax Director June Green, Ellen & Ian McCalman, Lesley & Dr John Barrow, Kate & Tom Ward, Allan MacDonald (photographer) and Hamish Moore who piped the guests into the Greentrax office.

Simon was most complimentary in his presentation speech and after a short reply by Ian a party followed. Not much work done at Greentrax that day!

Read more about the Greentrax award at the Landmark Awards website.

news article for Mairi Campbell: Pulse at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Posted: 13th May 2016

Mairi Campbell: Pulse will be playing in August at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival each day at 2.25pm between 3rd and 28th August 2016 at the Summerhall Old Lab (there are BSL interpreted performances on 18th and 25th, and no performances on the 15th and 22nd).

Tickets are available from the Edinburgh Fringe website and will also be available from the Summerhall box office from June.

Pulse was recently on for a night at the Scottish Storytelling Centre as part of TradFest, Edinburgh’s only multi-arts festival dedicated to traditional culture and folk arts.

For more details of all upcoming performances, visit Mairi’s website.

There are still some spaces left on Mairi’s music retreats/courses running on the island of Lismore (near Oban) this Summer:

  • 9-12 June 2016 (fiddle)
  • 8-11 September 2016 (fiddle and voice)
  • 27-30 October 2016 (fiddle)

“Mairi Campbell is one of the most fascinating women on the planet and one of the most interesting folk musicians / singers ever…” (Mike Harding)

news article for April 2016 News

Posted: 11th April 2016

Tony McManus was on tour in Australia recently and the demand for his albums was so great that he sold out before the tour ended. Thankfully our Australian distributor Planet Distribution was able to top him up. See Tony’s current tour dates.
(photo Tony McManus / Edmonton Festival)

Alex Hodgson is off to New Zealand again in 2017. In the meantime his annual concert in the Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh on 27th August 2016 is booked and likely to be sold out well in advance as always. See Alex’s website.

Greentrax is currently working on a compilation album of The Edinburgh City Police Pipe Band from their LPs of the 1960s and 70s, when they were at their peak as World Pipe Band Champions. In one year alone they won thirteen First Prizes and were second in the remaining two competitions. The compilation, selected by Pipe Major Iain McLeod, is from their albums March Of The Pipers (1962), The Edinburgh City Police Pipe Band (1965), The Piper’s Parade (1967), Champions Of The World (1971) and The Capital Parade (1975).

Also being assembled is Scottish Tradition Series vol 27 - Tiree Songs and Music (a working title), from The School Of Scottish Studies archives. Editing and mastering is currently taking place.

To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Greentrax Recordings in 2016, Ian Green is at present selecting tracks from the many ‘special projects’ the label has undertaken over the years, including Gaelic Women, Scots Women, the three Tapestry albums, The Nineties Collection, Gentle Giants, For Freedom Alone, The Flooers O’ The Forest, the Eric Bogle Box Set, Far, Far From Ypres and many more.

news article for The Poozies - Back On The Road

Posted: 8th March 2016

​The Poozies are embarking on another tour in March 2016 around England and the Isle Of Man - see all dates at their website. This will be an especially poignant tour for them, as at the end they sadly say goodbye to Sally and Mairearad.

Sally Barker is having a great time touring with the reformed group Fotheringay as well as doing numerous solo gigs in and around Leicester, many for the charity LOROS.

Mairearad Green has just finished her solo album about the Summer Isles, has moved back home to the Highlands and is living the idyllic lifestyle of peace and tranquility.

Mary Macmaster has hit the charts with her star-studded project Songs Of Separation, a beautiful collection of traditional and self-penned songs recorded in the fairy-tale setting of the Isle of Eigg in the Scottish Inner Hebrides.

Eilidh Shaw has been touring in Denmark with world/roots outfit Himmerland, depping in Iceland with Dàimh, running the epic annual festival Fèis na Mara and has also set up a new club called the Arisaig Acoustic Music Club.

news article for Daimh Awards & Tours

Posted: 25th January 2016

2015 was an amazing year for Dàimh. They started the year by picking up the award for Best Folk Band In Europe at the Folkherbst competition in Plauen, Germany, and finished the year by being named Folk Band Of The Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards in Dundee.

They also embarked on their first tour of the US, going coast to coast with gigs in New York City all the way to San Francisco.

Dàimh kicked off 2016 with a special concert at Celtic Connections celebrating fifteen years since their first album Moidart To Mabou. They invited seven Gaelic singers that have sung, toured and recorded with the band over these years for a special one-off evening of songs.

The band have two more tours in the US to look forward to this year, with the first one starting at the end of February 2016 - check out their website for dates.

Dàimh have two albums on Greentrax - Diversions and Crossing Point - and fiddle player Gabe McVarish has recorded a solo album Eclection.

news article for Christmas 2015 Newsletter

Posted: 18th December 2015

​View or download our Christmas 2015 Newsletter (Adobe pdf format) with news on releases and events, and also our Top 20 Albums in 2015.

news article for October 2015 Album & Event News

Posted: 20th October 2015

The Greentrax application for funding to Creative Scotland for the project Scotia Nova - Songs For The Early Days of a Better Nation has been turned down but we are forging ahead with it, despite the much-needed funding. There will be some 16/17 tracks on the album, most of which have been recorded by Ian McCalman at his Kevock Digital Studio.

A concert of the same title will be presented in the Strathclyde Suite at Celtic Connections on 20th January 2016. The singer/songwriters who were successful in having their songs selected and recorded for the album are: Fiona J Mackenzie, Gill Bowman, Mairi Campbell & Dave Francis, Yvonne Lyon, David Lyon, Brian McNeill, Ian McCalman, Findlay Napier, Iain MacDonald, Duncan McCrone & Cy Jack, Scott Murray, Simon Kempston, Frank Rae, Chris Finnegan, Charlie Milne and poet Alistair Findlay. Most have also agreed to take part in the Celtic Connections Concert, which will be produced by Ian McCalman with Gary West acting as linkman.

The launch of A Tribute in Music and Song to John Bellany was held in The John Bellany Day Centre, Port Seton on Thursday 1st October 2015, and was a huge success. The guests included John’s widow Helen and other members of the family, who all love the album. There were songs from Alex Hodgson and Simon Kempston, plus a tune from Hamish Moore, and the Day Centre folk were persuaded to sing The Boatie Rows (on the album). The album contains a fine collection of John Bellany favourites, including a stunning version of Moon River by Siobhan Miller. This track in particular has been getting a lot of attention on radio.

Ian Green is hoping to attend the 2015 Scots Trad Music Awards to be held in The Caird Hall, Dundee on Saturday 5th December 2015, when Greentrax will share a table with the Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust members. Ian had to pull out of the 2014 Awards at the last minute due to wife June’s ill-health.

Gordon Duncan’s tunes continue to be recorded by artists and groups all over the world and very soon a second book of Gordon’s tunes will be published by the Trust.

news article for Haddington Pipe Band 2016 Calendar

Posted: 20th October 2015

Haddington Pipe Band has again created a calendar for the coming year, with the theme of Favourite Scenes Around Haddington & East Lothian.

The calendar, which will be available from late October 2015, features a series of stunning photos of the county captured by top-grade photographers, with the views selected by members of the band. The front cover features an eerily atmospheric photo by Rod Hanchard-Goodwin of Haddington seen through mist, while the same photographer’s beautiful image of the Garleton Hills and the Hopetoun Monument features as the photo for the month of May.

One of the most striking shots in the calendar is a photo of the Lammermuir Hills – resplendent in rich, deep purple – taken by the award-winning natural history and landscape photographer, Laurie Campbell, while local photographer Garry Menzies contributes two shots: the laburnum arch in St Mary’s Pleasance and a snow-covered Preston Mill at East Linton.

Another local photographer, Adam Cochrane, has no less than five photos in the calendar. The calendar opens in January with his sunrise at Traprain Law image, while his other works are of Seacliff Harbour, Hailes Castle, the Nungate Bridge and the River Tyne, and – as the back cover shot - an aerial view of Haddington.

Another equally memorable series of photos has been contributed by Sarah White, whose images are of Barns Ness Lighthouse, the Goblin Ha’ at Yester Castle, Tantallon Castle and the Northern Lights, and St Mary’s Church.

Complementing the scenic photography are portrait shots of pipe band members, all taken by Haddington-based professional photographer, Nick Callaghan, who has worked on all the band’s calendars.

The band’s chairman, Alastair Bruce, says:

“Once again, we are delighted to have been able to produce a calendar which we hope will be enjoyed by people close to home and much further afield. Of course, the calendar is a promotion for the band, but this year – with the many amazing scenic shots taken around East Lothian – we are also promoting the wonderful county in which we are fortunate enough to live and, in the band’s case, play. We are very grateful to the superb photographers whose work is featured in the calendar. The quality of their photography is there for all to see, and this has been more than matched by their support for this project. The calendar is one of the band’s key fundraising projects to help us to pay for uniforms, instruments and other band initiatives, and so we are extremely grateful to the many businesses who have sponsored and supported the production. Without their help, this initiative just wouldn’t be practical or feasible and if possible, we would ask anyone who gets a copy of the calendar to support them in turn.”

The calendar will be on sale for £5.00 at various shops, libraries and other outlets locally. It can also be purchased online, with details at the band’s website:

news article for September 2015 Album News

Posted: 22nd September 2015

The Gordon Gunn album Wick To Wickham and Fraser and Ian Bruce - The Best of Mrs Bruce’s Boys - have both been getting a huge amount of airplay across the UK.

Fraser Bruce has been very busy doing radio interviews all over Scotland, promoting The Best of Mrs Bruce’s Boys.

Archie Fisher is off to USA for a tour to promote his new album A Silent Song on Red House Records, which is released by Greentrax in the UK and Europe on 1st October 2015. Archie will promote the album for Greentrax on his return from USA.

The songs for the Greentrax / Luath Press project Nova Scotia - Songs For The Early Days Of A Better Nation have been selected from the many entries and we are hopeful it will be released before the end of 2015.

news article for Bruce & Walker with Fraser Bruce & Moe Walker at the Fringe

Posted: 29th July 2015

Ian Bruce and Ian Walker, with Fraser Bruce and Moe Walker, are appearing at the Acoustic Music Centre (8.15pm) as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe on 13th, 14th, 19th & 23rd August 2015 - book tickets online here.

A Fringe sell-out show in 2014. Two of Scotland’s finest singer-songwriters are back - Ian Bruce and Ian Walker are powerful solo performers with over 30 albums between them. Their duo performances include their original songs (covered by artists worldwide), songs from their Scottish heritage and songs by Robert Burns.

They are supported this year by the irrepressible entertainer Fraser Bruce and Belfast-born singer Moe Walker.

“Wonderful rhythm and lyrics allied to some of the most listenable voices on offer today…” (Irish Music Magazine)

news article for Scotia Nova Song Writing Project

Posted: 29th July 2015

Greentrax Recordings and Luath Press Limited (book publishers) are jointly working on a song writing project: Scotia Nova - Songs For The Early Days Of A Better Nation.

The idea arose from a book of poems of the same title published by Luath in 2014.

Entries have been received from some of Scotland’s best and most prolific song writers and the album should be completed by the end of 2015.

news article for John Bellany Tribute Album

Posted: 29th July 2015

The 3 Harbours Arts Festival in East Lothian featured the late artist John Bellany this year, and asked Greentrax to compile an album of his favourite music and songs as a tribute to this artist of international renown. This compilation album A Tribute In Music And Song To John Bellany is progressing and should be available before the end of 2015.

Tracks have been licensed from other labels, creamed from the Greentrax back catalogue and specially recorded for the album, including a stunning recording by Siobhan Miller.

There are also new songs by Ian McCalman and Alex Hodgson, musical tributes by Hamish Moore, Stuart Eydmann and Eddie McGuire - and much more.

The front cover image will be from one of John’s paintings: Port Seton Harbour.

news article for Gordon Duncan’s Tunes - Book 2

Posted: 28th July 2015

The Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust are planning the creation and release of the second collection of the late, great piper and whistle player Gordon Duncan’s compositions: Book Two.

As well as some hidden gems, they are adding traditional compositions that Gordon made his own, including Scottish, Irish and Breton compositions and the full written score for one of his most influential arrangements, AC/DC’s Thunderstruck.

The project was successfully funded through on June 27th 2015. Over £12,000 was raised, beyond the £10,000 target, by over 250 backers.

For various pledge amounts you could have received:

  • an early copy of Gordon Duncan’s Book Two, delivered direct to your door before the January launch
  • a Skeleton T-shirt
  • a limited edition Gordon Duncan Thunderstruck T-shirt
  • a Gordon Duncan Thunderstruck Hoody
  • a limited (and numbered) edition of 100 copies of Gordon Duncan’s Book One and Book Two (hard-bound) available to buy

All proceeds go to the Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust in order to create and publish the book and the various limited edition T-shirts and Hoodies.

The Trust are looking to launch the book officially at Celtic Connections in January 2016.

The Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust was set up in 2007 to promote and support traditional music. They released Book One of Gordon’s compositions in 2007 and have sold more than 5,000 copies since launch.

“Gordon Duncan composed hook lines worthy of the best songwriters in history, improvised as well as any jazz musician, played piobaireachd like a classical soloist and grounded all his work firmly on a centuries-old canon of traditional music he loved. We will benefit from that work for years to come…” (virtuoso Celtic guitarist Tony McManus)

news article for Greentrax 2015 Full Catalogue

Posted: 29th June 2015

​The updated Greentrax Recordings 2015 Full Catalogue is available to view or download now (pdf format).

This lists all of our currently available recordings.

news article for June 2015 News

Posted: 15th June 2015

Fiddler Gordon Gunn’s new album From Wick To Wickham is now slated for release on Greentrax in September. The original release date was August but Gordon has unfortunately sustained a bad leg injury.

Alasdair Fraser recently celebrated his 60th birthday - a belated happy birthday to Alasdair. The Alasdair and Natalie Haas albums Abundance, Highlander’s Farewell, In The Moment and Fire and Grace are currently on special offer. Photo by Fran Bernardino.

The Great Tapestry Of Scotland has been exhibited in several venues around Scotland in recent months and it will be exhibited at Kirkcaldy Galleries from the 18th June. Sales of The Music And Song Of The Great Tapestry Of Scotland double CD have been excellent at all the venues.

The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry is currently on exhibition in Veere in the Netherlands. Brian McNeill will be performing songs from The Back O’ The North Wind and The Baltic Tae Byzantium in Veere on Saturday 18th July, as part of the Tapestry celebrations.

news article for Eric Bogle at the Gallipoli Centenary 2015

Posted: 19th May 2015

In April 2015 Eric Bogle was invited to the Gallipoli Centenary on Anzac Day and sang And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda at 4.40am to a large and appreciative gathering, of mainly Australians and of course the ghosts of all those boys he originally wrote the song for.

Eric described it as “a privilege…” and “a very moving and emotional experience…” and and he was delighted he had accepted the invitation from Battlefield Tours of Australia, who arranged the trip.

A few days before the anniversary, Ricky Ross presented a half hour programme on BBC Radio Scotland based on Eric’s song And The Band Played… Eric was interviewed at length and guests included June Tabor and Archie Fisher.

An anniversary commemoration service arranged by Legion Scotland was held in Edinburgh Castle on 25th April and screened on the Castle Esplanade to enable the public to see it. The event including extracts from Eric’s DVD, including his singing of And The Band Played… and All The Fine Young Men. This was reported on BBC TV and STV.

Eric Bogle was born in Peebles a few days after the D-Day landings in Normandy, followed shortly after by his twin sister Sandra. Eric later emigrated to Australia and in 1980, after various jobs and the success of his songs And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda and No Man’s Land (aka Greenfields of France), he embarked on the perilous career of professional musician. A compulsive, almost obsessive songwriter for most his adult life, Eric has written many, many songs, some of which have pretty much become Australian, if not world classics of their particular genre. Possibly his best known song is And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda, which confirmed its status by appearing as a question in the Australian version of Trivial Pursuit!

Eric’s songs have been recorded by Joan Baez, Mary Black, Jean Redpath MBE, June Tabor, Donovan, Billy Bragg, The Pogues, The Fureys and The Corries, to name but a few.

Eric has recorded numerous albums and a DVD, most of which are available on Greentrax Recordings, who license the albums from Eric for The World, except Australia and New Zealand. Eric has toured extensively in North America, the UK and Europe, plus of course Australia and New Zealand, and has appeared at every major folk and country music festival in Australia and around the world.

He has had many awards bestowed on him, including the Order of Australia Medal for services to the entertainment industry and a Peace Medal from the United Nations for his efforts, through music, to promote peace and racial harmony.

In Scotland he was recognized by The Scots Trad Awards and has been placed in their Hall of Fame. In a Celebrity Top 50 Songs Poll held in 2003, two of Eric’s songs - And The Band Played… and No Man’s Land were placed No 1 and 5 respectively, above international artists such as Donovan, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Leonard Cohen, John Prine and many more.

Eric was recently invited to join The South Australian Music Hall of Fame, yet another to add to an already large list of honours Eric has received.

Eric’s most recent album is a joint affair with buddy John Munro - A Toss Of The Coin - which along with his Live At Stoneyfell Winery DVD continue to sell well. Many of Eric’s older albums, which were previously deleted, are now available direct from Greentrax only on special order.

The Melody Maker wrote of Eric, “Most of the best contemporary songs of the seventies were written by Eric Bogle”. And that is only part of his success story!

news article for Mairi Campbell - Pulse

Posted: 18th May 2015

Award-winning Scottish musician and performer Mairi Campbell steps out on a quest to heal ancient wounds. Transforming, she returns as a soundkeeper tracking Scotland’s pulse. Pulse blends traditional with elemental, weaving together movement, storytelling, animation and music to chart her journey.

Live shows on 12th & 13th June 2015, 7.30pm at the North Edinburgh Arts Centre - tickets £8/£6 - to book, call the box office on 0131 315 2151.

Directed by Kath Burlinson. Music written and produced by Mairi Campbell & Dave Gray. Animation by Claire Lamond.

“Wild, primal… honest” (The Herald)

news article for February 2015 News

Posted: 17th February 2015

We regret to announce that Cath Mack (Greentrax Promotions) was made redundant recently and tasks will now be shared by Elaine, Pat and Ian. This step was not taken lightly and we were sorry to see Cath go but it is an indication of how the record industry, including Greentrax, is suffering from the decline in CD sales and the very slow increase in download retail sales. Hard times indeed but we look forward positively in 2015, our 29th year.

Alex Hodgson, who is currently touring in New Zealand, appeared on NZ TV last week giving the young female presenter instructions on how to dance the Gay Gordons. What the audience thought of it we don’t know!

The Great Tapestry of Scotland is currently on exhibition in Stirling Castle where The Music And Song Of The Great Tapestry Of Scotland is selling like hot cakes. This follows a second very successful exhibition at The Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh and further excellent CD sales.

news article for Luke Daniels’ Tribute to William Hannah

Posted: 14th January 2015

William Hannah was a celebrated recording artist in the 1920s and a major influence on Jimmy Shand.

Luke Daniels has painstakingly transcribed the music from 78rpm and wax cylinder recordings, and the music has been faithfully recorded by four of the UK’s finest tradition players: Luke Daniels on melodeon, Neil Ewart on fiddle, guitarist Ian Carr and pianist Paul Gandy.

Greentrax expected release date March 2015.

news article for Christmas 2014 Newsletter

Posted: 30th November 2014

​View or download our Christmas 2014 Newsletter (Adobe pdf format for print) with news on releases and events, and also our Top 20 Albums in 2014.

news article for Eric Bogle Not A Fan of Joss Stone’s Cover Version

Posted: 20th November 2014

Joss Stone’s recording of Eric Bogle’s song No Man’s Land (also known as The Green Fields Of France or Willie McBride) has been released as a charity single for The British Legion. Some of the important verses or part-verses have been deleted, making what is one of the best anti-war songs into a sanitised, ‘safe’ version which has lost its point to some extent.

Eric knows of the single and has issued a statement to all those who contacted him about the charity single. He did not give his permission for the changes to this copyright work but will not be taking any action.

You can read Eric Bogle’s full statement on The Guardian website.

You can hear Eric’s performances of his original, full version of No Man’s Land on these Greentrax albums:

There is also a version by The Corries on Far, Far From Ypres - Songs, Poems & Music Of World War One.

news article for Ian Green Awarded Local Business Hero

Posted: 30th October 2014

Midlothian & East Lothian Chamber Of Commerce - The Business Partnership Ltd (Lothians Branch) selected Greentrax Recordings Managing Director Ian Green as the winner of their Local Business Hero award.

Ian is absolutely delighted and the Greentrax staff are all very proud of him.

The award presenter said:

Ian himself has done so much to restore and promote the reputations of Scottish music and culture through his recordings of famous and less well known artistes. He has encouraged young bands and musicians and supports festivals and events locally and indeed throughout Scotland.

news article for Greentrax at Scots Trad Music Awards 2014

Posted: 27th October 2014

Ian Green will be attending the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards on Saturday 13th December 2014, this year at Inverness Leisure Centre.

Tickets are on sale now from Eden Court Theatre.

Greentrax Recordings will be again sponsoring Best Live Act Of The Year.

news article for Far, Far From Ypres - Martignas Sur Jalle

Posted: 24th October 2014

Charlie Milne writes:

The above trip was initiated by a friendship between myself and a good, long-time friend Michel Bastida who is now the deputy mayor of Martignas. The town of Martignas is twinned with Aboyne in Aberdeenshire, and that twinning was started by a rugby relationship that I and several others have been involved with since 1987.

In discussions and emails with Michel I made him aware of the Far, Far From Ypres performance and what was being done to commemorate WW1. We are both interested in the subject and he was going to be responsible for setting up a 4-day commemoration event at Martignas covering the 15th to 19th of October. He liked what he saw and heard of the show and asked if it would be possible to get performers over there to appear with the show in their local theatre Gerard Philippe.

So we managed to get sufficient volunteers to go across, Ian McCalman revised the script and with assistance from locals, especially Susan Brun - a Scots lady originating from Musselburgh who is married to a Frenchman in Martignas - we worked to produce a decent translation.

We arrived in Martignas on Wednesday 15th October and on Friday 17th we took part in the memorial service for WW1 victims at the village memorial. It has the names of a Gordon Highlander, an American army doctor, a German soldier and two French soldiers, one local to Martignas on the memorial. The parade involved the local 13th regiment “The Dragons”, men from the veterans association locally, the town mayor and officials, the Deputy Prefet for the region, the American consul, the consul of Senegal, many locals and some 200+ children from the local schools, who sang ” Les Marsellies” during the ceremony. Gary West, our piper, played during the ceremony too.

In the afternoon we attended the opening of an excellent WW1 exhibition set up by locals - really wonderful from the front door which was a section of trench topped with barbed wire, to uniforms, weapons, field hospital of the period, model aircraft, tanks… the variety was tremendous.

On Friday afternoon we had a sound check and partial run through of the show, then on Saturday the performance itself. We followed some readings by local people of letters sent by one local man from the front line to his family at home, and the local Martignas choir who sang French songs from WW1 and the Bordeaux Regional youth orchestra. Our performance went down a storm with a standing ovation and continued applause until we came back out to take a final bow - what a fantastic experience.

The reduced cast of performers (15) for this one were Ian McCalman, Iain Anderson, Ian Bruce, Gary West, Brian Miller, Fiona Forbes, Anne Murray, Carole Prior, May Weatherston, Alan Prior, George Archibald, Jim Weatherston, Dennis Wilson, Gordon Stewart and me. Sandy Forbes helped out with the PA technicians. Several spouses also accompanied the team.

All performers were hosted by local people who invited them into their homes, looked after and fed them - as well as taking us out to restaurants and tours of local areas! An unforgettable trip on so many levels as the friendship, hospitality and humour, as well of course as sharing lots of singing will live long in the memory.

news article for Paul McKenna Band German Tour Dates

Posted: 20th October 2014

The Paul McKenna Band will be on tour in Germany in November 2014:

  • 8th Nov - Rohrmeisterei, Schwerte
  • 9th Nov - Aula des Gymnasium, Salzgitter
  • 10th Nov - Schloss Britz, Berlin
  • 13th Nov - Flottmann Hallen, Herne
  • 14th Nov - Kulturstätte Schwanenteich, Mühlhausen
  • 15th Nov - König Albert Theater, Bad Elster
  • 16th Nov - Schloss Horst, Gelsenkirchen

This Highland Blast tour also features Steve Byrne, Siobhan Miller and Ewan MacPherson.

For more information on venues and tickets, and the very latest dates, see tour dates at The Paul McKenna Band official website.

The band have three albums on Greentrax - Stem The Tide, Between Two Worlds and Elements.

The band enjoyed success at the 2012 Scots Trad Music Awards, with Paul winning Scots Singer Of The Year. The band were also nominated for Folk Band Of The Year.

news article for September 2014 Album & Event News

Posted: 11th September 2014

Greentrax managing director Ian Green been nominated for the category of Local Business Hero by the Midlothian & East Lothian Chamber Of Commerce. The awards take place on 29th October.

The Trad On The Tyne 2014 festival was a huge success.

The Ian Hardie Memorial Concert held on 3rd September during the Nairn Music & Arts Festival was a sellout. Numerous artists, who Ian had worked with over the years, gave their services free and the concert was a stunning success. Viv Hardie donated one of Ian’s fiddles for a raffle and Greentrax donated several Ian Hardie albums. All proceeds went to charity.

The recent Far, Far From Ypres concerts at the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh and the Perth Concert Hall were well attended, with standing ovations at both. The next performance is at the Beacon Arts Centre in Greenock on 5th October at 7.30pm.

The Great Tapestry Of Scotland is on exhibition again at The Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, where the CD sells briskly in the Parliament shop.

Gordon Gunn is working on a second solo album for Greentrax Recordings - no release date available yet.

(pictured: Ian Hardie)

news article for Kathleen MacInnes in Concert

Posted: 26th August 2014

​Gaelic singer Kathleen MacInnes will be performing at The Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh on Saturday 15th November 2014 (doors and bar 7pm, start 8pm) - book tickets online here.

Kathleen will be accompanied by Mike Vass (fiddle, guitar) and Mhairi Hall (piano). Special guests on the night are Rachel Newton with Lauren McColl, and Edinburgh Youth Gaitherin’ Big Band.

Presented by DHM Concerts.

news article for Death of Jean Redpath

Posted: 22nd August 2014

It was with great sadness that I learned this morning of the death of my friend and Greentrax artist Jean Redpath. She died in a hospice in Arizona, USA, during the afternoon of 21st August after a fairly long illness. Jean was a lovely person and never failed to phone me when she came home annually for a holiday in Scotland - to what had been her Mum’s house in Elie, Fife. Most of her time was spent in the USA where she toured tirelessly but she also attained international recognition as a singer and ambassador of Scottish song. Her MBE was indeed well deserved. She called me some weeks ago when she was again in Scotland and it seemed she was saying ‘Goodbye’. I will greatly miss this lovely, warm person. Rest in peace Jean.

Ian Green

Jean Redpath was cremated in Arizona, USA. Her ashes will be returned to Scotland to be buried with her father.

Cards may be sent to us here at Greentrax Recordings Ltd and we will send them on to Jean’s brother Sandy Redpath.

We currently have no information about any Memorial Service.

news article for Trad On The Tyne Festival 2014

Posted: 17th July 2014

The 2014 Trad On The Tyne Festival takes place in Haddington, East Lothian on the weekend of Friday 29th to Sunday 31st August. You can buy tickets now through the festival website.

The outstanding Karine Polwart and Blazin’ Fiddles (the current Folk Band Of The Year) will be topping the bill at this year’s festival.

Other headline acts will include The Friel Sisters, The Victorian Trout Conspiracy and local singer/songwriter Alex Hodgson, while the programme will again feature Massed Pipes And Drums, Open Stage, workshops, come-and-try classes, storytelling, pub sessions, and a wide range of family entertainment.

Organised by Haddington Pipe Band in association with the Waterloo Bistro, Trad On The Tyne is now in its fourth year. All the festivals to date have been shortlisted - and won commendations - for the Best Small Festival In Scotland title at the Scottish Event Awards.

The headline event at the 2012 festival in Haddington was Steele The Show, the outstanding tribute concert to the late, great Prestonpans singer and songwriter Davy Steele, who died in 2001.

Ian Green (Greentrax MD) is the Honorary President of the festival.

news article for May 2014 Album & Event News

Posted: 22nd May 2014

The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry and companion Greentrax album are being launched on Saturday 31st May in Prestonpans Community Centre. The launch is by invitation only but the Tapestry will thereafter go on exhibition. It is an amazing work of art by Andrew Crummy and his many volunteer stitchers and is really worth a visit.

The 3 Harbours Arts Festival will take place in Cockenzie, Port Seton and Prestonpans between 31st May and 8th June - brochure (pdf) available here.

We have had good feedback on the latest release For Freedom Alone - The Wars Of Independence - commemorating the 700th anniversary of Bannockburn in music and song.

The Bruce & Walker combination CD/DVD Born To Rottenrow is currently receiving a lot of radio play and is being entered by Greentrax for The Barclaycard Mercury Prize.

news article for Donnie Munro Album In The Pipeline

Posted: 22nd April 2014

An acoustic album by Donnie Munro is at the planning stage, a joint effort by Greentrax and Hypertension Music, Germany.

Donnie’s previous albums on Greentrax are An Turas (The Journey) Live and Heart Of America (Across The Great Divide). He recently toured Germany with his band and forthcoming acoustic dates are:

  • Friday 25th April - Braid Art Centre, Ballymena
  • Saturday 26th April - Pavilion Theatre, Dublin
  • Friday 30th May - Assembly Rooms, Wick
  • Saturday 31st May - Strathy Hall, Thurso
  • Thursday 17th July - Hebridean Celtic Festival, Stornoway (full band)
  • Saturday 2nd August - Crail Festival, Crail

news article for Happy Birthday Ian Green!

Posted: 29th January 2014

Mr Greentrax - Ian Green - was 80 years young on 29th January!

He was overwhelmed with birthday wishes and it was impossible to acknowledge each.

Thanks to all from Ian!

news article for Sally Barker on The Voice

Posted: 14th January 2014

Sally Barker of The Poozies appeared on The Voice (BBC TV) on Saturday 11th January and was chosen by Tom Jones to be her mentor. Sally can be heard on the Greentrax album The Poozies - Yellow Like Sunshine.

news article for How Auld Lang Syne Took Over The World

Posted: 7th January 2014

Dougie Vipond presented a programme on BBC TV Scotland over the festive period in which he examined the Robert Burns song Auld Lang Syne in depth. By coincidence he featured an Indian recording of the song, similar to the Bengali version included on our album The Scottish Diaspora. Vipond also travelled to Japan and visited a department store at closing time, when Auld Lang Syne is played over the tannoy, as in all such stores, to warn customers that shopping has ended for the day. This information is also included in the sleeve notes to The Scottish Diaspora. One of Dougie’s guests was Tony Roper who stated that his favourite recorded version of Auld Lang Syne is by Mairi Campbell of The Cast (also included on the Diaspora album and of course part of the Sex And The City movie soundtrack).

Discussion also centered around why so many people wrongly sing Zyne instead of Syne.

news article for ‘A Little Bird Blown Off Course’ Shows

Posted: 12th November 2013

Celebrating the life and Gaelic song collection of Margaret Fay Shaw, A Little Bird Blown Off Course is a new piece of music-theatre by Fiona J Mackenzie, presented by the National Theatre of Scotland and Blas Festival in partnership with the National Trust For Scotland.

The musicians are Signy Jacobsdottir, Alistair Iain Paterson, Patsy Reid and Innes White, led by Fiona J Mackenzie, while the music director is Donald Shaw.

After a successful tour earlier this year where most of the shows were sell-outs, the show will take flight again at Celtic Connections, January 31st and February 1st 2014 at The Tron in Glasgow for National Theatre of Scotland.

There have been some excellent reviews in The Scotsman, The Guardian, The Telegraph and The Herald as well as a whole page feature in The Times. The show has been nominated in the Daily Record Scottish Gaelic Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Gaelic Culture.

The September 2013 Blas Festival tour ended on Canna.

Photo: National Theatre of Scotland

news article for November 2013 Album & Staff News

Posted: 8th November 2013

The Scottish Diaspora double CD album (for the price of one CD) is in preparation for February 2014 release. Tracks have been selected, a front cover chosen and this will be off to the factory soon. Much research went into this album, which is full of surprises and quite unique.

Rottenrow Born is a CD and DVD combination by Ian Bruce and Ian Walker, receiving its finishing touches for a February 2014 release. Since the duo reformed, they have been getting a big reaction to their new songs which will be featured on the CD. The DVD will feature mainly their older material.

Welcome back to to Elaine (Accounts & Royalties) who has been on sickness leave since July and was in hospital for several weeks recovering from a major operation. The rest of the Greentrax team welcomed Elaine back in October and already our systems are working more efficiently! Thanks to those who sent good wishes to Elaine.

‘Auld Greenie’ - Ian Green - is 80 in January but still at the helm, and his book Fuzz To Folk continues to sell.

news article for The Sangsters Trio

Posted: 8th November 2013

The Sangsters vocal group are now a trio: Anne Murray MBE, John Blackwood and Fiona Forbes.

They are doing gigs and are sounding great. Read a recent biography of Sangsters at Kirkcaldy Acoustic Music Club’s website.

See Greentrax albums featuring Sangsters.

“They are Scotland’s number one harmony group. They are indeed the sultans of Scottish song. Stunning close harmonies, well chosen material and some awfy funny asides - that’s Sangsters.” (Ian McCalman)

news article for September 2013 Album News

Posted: 27th September 2013

Huge numbers of visitors are queueing daily at the Scottish Parliament to see The Great Tapestry of Scotland currently on exhibition there. The Music And Song Of The Great Tapestry Of Scotland is on sale in the Parliament shop and doing a roaring trade. Incidentally, The Prestonpans Tapestry is currently on exhibition alongside The Bayeux Tapestry in Normandy, France. The Greentrax album The Battle Of Prestonpans 1745 is a companion to The Prestonpans Tapestry.

The latest Scottish Tradition Series album Gaelic Songs From The North Uist Tradition was launched at the School Of Scottish Studies, Edinburgh, on Friday 20th September. Already sales of this album have been excellent. This is the 25th release in this unique series.

Barbara Dickson continues to do high profile interviews on national radio and TV, and the new album To Each And Every One is selling extremely well in advance of Barbara’s 2013 UK tour commencing on 9th October and ending on 10th November.

The Flooers O’ The Forest - Songs, Music, Poems And Prose Of Flodden has had several outstanding press reviews including Scotland On Sunday (4 Stars) on 22nd September: “Also included is an informative and illustrated booklet, in this moving reconfiguration of Scotland’s most profound defeat…”

A Spanish Civil War memorial concert - When The Call Comes - is being arranged by Daniel Gray on Sunday 12th October 2013 at 7.30pm in The Canons’ Gait (downstairs), 232 Canongate, Edinburgh. The Greentrax album Scots In The Spanish Civil War is still available.

news article for Prestonpans School Children Perform at The Scottish Parliament

Posted: 8th September 2013

Infants and Primary School members of Prestonpans School sang The Toun o’ Prestonpans along with Alex Hodgson, who wrote the song, at a reception at The Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 4th September. They were brilliant and brought the house down.

Several of the children present were involved in the recording of the song in 2012, and subsequently included on the album The Music And Song Of The Great Tapestry Of Scotland. The track represents the Tapestry panel Reformation - A School In Every Parish.

The Great Tapestry of Scotland is on exhibition in the main hall of the Parliament until 21st September 2013. The album is on sale in the Parliament shop and many other outlets, including this website.

See some music and pictures from the event here.

news article for David Francey Tour Dates

Posted: 19th August 2013

Scottish-born Canadian carpenter-turned-songwriter David Francey will be performing two dates in Scotland during Summer 2013: Stirling Folk Club (at the Rugby Club) on Monday August 26th, and The Gordon Arms Hotel in Yarrow on Wednesday August 28th.

He also performs at Fylde Folk Festival in Lancashire on the weekend of August 30th and 31st.

A tour of Ireland from 3rd to 12th September is sold out.

For more tour dates and details, see David Francey’s website.

David’s album So Say We All was released by Greentrax in August 2013.

“One of Canada’s most revered folk poets and singers…” (Toronto Star)

news article for Summer 2013 Newsletter

Posted: 24th June 2013

​View or download our Summer 2013 Newsletter (Adobe pdf format for print) with news on forthcoming releases, events, albums and artists.

news article for Death Of Nick Keir 1953-2013

Posted: 3rd June 2013

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Nick Keir (formerly of The McCalmans).

Nick died on Sunday morning, 2nd June, after a battle with cancer.

news article for Munro, O’Callaghan & Titchener UK Tour

Posted: 29th May 2013

Australian singers and musicians John Munro, Mike O’Callaghan & Pete Titchener are touring in the UK during June 2013.

For the full current list of tour dates, and more information about the group, see their Munro, O’Callaghan & Titchener website.

See Greentrax titles featuring John Munro.

“A trio that can write good quality songs, sing them with beautiful harmonies and play instruments as only experienced session and backing musicians can and must do, is a rare thing. This was a most enjoyable concert. Stories, explanations, the self-deprecation and the friendly jibes are all part of engaging the audience and helping them relax. Mike O’Callaghan, Pete Titchener and John Munro (in the wrong order) each brings his unique talent to the stage - fine mandolin/guitar playing, clear and strong lead vocals and tight-as-a-drum harmonies. They managed to sing most of the songs on their debut CD First Inversion, a few others and a couple of covers to boot. A great audience, a great concert and a great sound.” (Dave Greenslade, Acoustic Peacock Newsletter)

news article for Rura Go Down A Storm In Germany

Posted: 10th April 2013

Rura have just returned from a very successful tour in Germany during March.

Their album Break It Up had to be repressed twice and shipped to Germany as the audience sales escalated.

Visit the Rura official website for upcoming tour dates in the UK and abroad, to see videos of the band in action and to follow them on Twitter.

news article for Winners at The 10th Scots Trad Music Awards

Posted: 11th December 2012

Congratulation to all the winners at the 10th Scots Trad Music Awards. Winners of the prestigious prizes in 2012 included Greentrax artists Mike Vass who won Composer Of The Year and Paul McKenna who won Scots Singer Of The Year - many congratulations. The late Ian Hardie, and Roddy MacLeod MBE were inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall Of Fame. See a list of all the winners.

news article for Christmas Download Single from Fiona J Mackenzie

Posted: 29th November 2012

Fiona J Mackenzie is releasing a special remix of Air a chiad Latha den Nollaig (On The First Day of Christmas) from her 2007 Greentrax album Duan Nollaig (A Gaelic Christmas).

The single is to be released for Christmas 2012 and will be available on iTunes and other download stores.

Fiona is a former Gaelic Mod winner, and BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards winner.

​Hear a clip of the track here, or download the clip of Air a chiad Latha den Nollaig (On The First Day of Christmas).

The track is traditional, arranged by Sandy Jones & Fiona J Mackenzie and published by Grian Music.

news article for Scots In The Spanish Civil War - ¡No Pasaran! - On Stage At Celtic Connections 2013

Posted: 24th November 2012

This concert is now sold out.

Greentrax is proud to announce that Donald Shaw is including a stage presentation of ¡No Pasaran! - Scots in The Spanish Civil War in the Mitchell Theatre, Glasgow on Sunday 20th January 2013, as part of the Celtic Connections festival. Greentrax has invited Ian McCalman to act as musical director, a position he has revelled in with the Far, Far From Ypres series of concerts. Ian has accepted and we are looking forward immensely to this concert.

Artists appearing will be: Dick Gaughan, Alison McMorland and Geordie McIntyre, Christine Kydd, Arthur Johnstone with Brian Miller, George Archibald with Charlie Milne and Donald Hay, Carlos Arredondo, Frank Rae, The Wakes, Gallo Rojo and Liederjan. The McCalmans, who of course have now retired, learned Peatbog Soldiers from Liederjan so Ian thought they would make a good replacement for the concert.

Most of the songs on the album, plus some others, will be performed in the concert. In addition, Iain Anderson of BBC Radio Scotland will read the Bob Cooney poem and Daniel Gray, author of Homage to Caledonia, will tell us something of the Scots who fought in the conflict against the fascists.

There are fifteen songs and a poem on the album. Ian McCalman got behind the new project and recorded six of the songs, including: Dick Gaughan’s unbeatable version of Jamie Foyers; Christine Kydd - Si Me Quieres Escribir; Eileen Penman with Tom Ward - Graves In Spain; Robin Laing with Steven Polwart - Picasso Paints Guernica; Alison McMorland and Geordie McIntyre, accompanied by piper Allan MacDonald - Viva Los Brigadistas. Ian McCalman searched his archive of multi-track tapes of McCalmans recordings and unearthed The Peatbog Soldiers, recorded live in 1979 by the original lineup of Ian, Derek Moffat and Hamish Bayne. It was originally adopted by The International Brigaders as their marching song.

Greentrax licensed the following tracks from various companies: The Laggan - Jarama Valley/Bandiera Rosa; Alison and Geordie - Another Valley; Carlos Arredondo - Viva La 15 Brigada / Viva Nicaragua; the late John Watt - Owt For Nowt; the Glasgow/Irish folk ‘n’ roll band The Wakes - These Hands; the late Jim Brown - Salud International Brigade; and Frank Rae - Hasta Luego.

Edinburgh’s Gallo Rojo recorded the high energy ¡No Pasaran! sung in Spanish. The poet and author Alistair Findlay submitted a poem late in the production of the album - When The Call Comes. Ian McCalman put music to it and enlisted the help of George Archibald to sing it. The poem – Hasta La Vista Madrid – by Bob Cooney was read and recorded by Iain Anderson.

We have received numerous complimentary phone calls and emails from radio presenters and customers who had so enjoyed the album that they found time to let us know, including one presenter who has played the late Jim Brown song several times.

A launch of the album was held in Barioja Tapas Bar in Edinburgh on Sunday 28th October 2012, when the absolutely packed bar was treated to songs by many of the artists on the album, described as a very memorable occasion by several.

news article for Greentrax receives Hands Up For Trad’s first Business Limelight Award

Posted: 2nd November 2012

Greentrax Recordings are the first recipients of Hands Up For Trad’s Business Limelight Award. The ‘Limelights’ are a monthly initiative launched in October 2012 that recognises the outstanding contributions made by businesses and organisations who contribute, shape and influence the arts and cultural sector in Scotland today. Hands Up For Trad exists to increase the profile and visibility of Scottish traditional music through information, education and advocacy. ​Read an interview with Ian Green about this award.

news article for ¡No Pasaran! Album Launch

Posted: 19th October 2012

¡No Pasaran! - Scots in The Spanish Civil War will be launched on Sunday 28th October 2012 at Barioja Tapas Bar in Edinburgh.

There will be songs from Eileen Penman, Alison McMorland & Geordie McIntyre, Gallo Rojo and others. Daniel Gray, author of Homage To Caledonia, will speak.

A dedication ceremony and anti-fascist pledge for locals who fought and nursed in Spain will be held earlier that day. Assemble at 11.45am at the Waverley Gate Entrance to Princes Street Gardens.

news article for Death of Ian Hardie

Posted: 19th October 2012

With great sadness, we have to announce the death of Ian Hardie on Tuesday 16th October 2012.

Ian was an outstanding fiddler and composer and played with Jock Tamson’s Bairns, The Occasionals Ceilidh Band and others.

His funeral will take place on Tuesday 23rd October at 12.30 in Nairn, in the United Reform Church.

Ian Green was proud to have Ian Hardie on the Greentrax books and considered him a good friend as well as a great musician. He will be sadly missed.


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