The Rough Guide To Scottish Folk (Second Edition)
Welcome to the fiddle, harp, pipe and drum beat of Scottish folk music. From the city streets to the Highlands and Islands, celebrate one of the world's greatest living traditions, matured through centuries of craftsmanship and innovation.
'great value package' 4**** stars, Scotland On Sunday
'a round up of the recent and not-so-recent from Caledonia' 3*** stars, Songlines
Bonus Disc by Maggie McInnes
- Listen Karine Polwart: Follow The Heron (3:09)
- Listen Wendy Stewart And Gary West: Full Moon Down Under (4:26)
- Listen Julie Fowlis: Hug Air A' Bhonaid Mhoir (3:00)
- Listen Jim Reid: The Wild Geese / Norland Wind (2:34)
- Listen Heather Heywood: Queen Among The Heather (4:59)
- Listen Battlefield Band: Ton Bale Leon Braz (Big Leon's March)/ The People's Jig / Ash City / Blackjack Grove (4:37)
- Listen Maggie Macinnes: A Fàgail Mhiughalaigh (Leaving Mingulay) (2:12)
- Listen Lori Watson: Maggie (5:12)
- Listen Ossian: I Will Set My Ship In Order (6:04)
- Listen Breabach: John Maccoll's March To Kilbowie Cottage (4:35)
- Listen Bob Blair: A Wee Drappie O't (2:47)
- Listen Alison Kinnaird: Laura Bhisa (3:25)
- Listen Ishbel Macaskill: Thig An Smeòrach As T-Earrach (The Thrush Comes In Spring) (3:45)
- Listen Shepheard, Spiers & Watson: The Fair O Balnafinnan (3:29)
- Listen Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham: Western Lilt / The Harsh February / Far from Home (4:18)
- Listen Claire Mann And Aaron Jones: Fortune's Wheel (4:33)
- Listen Is Moch An Diugh A Rinn Mi Gluasad (Early Today I Set Out) (3:30)
- Listen Thig An Smeòrach As T-Earrach (The Thrush Comes In Spring) (5:35)
- Listen Dh'fhalbh Mo Rùn's Dh'fhàg E 'n Cala (My Love Has Left The Harbour) (3:36)
- Listen 'S Toil Leam An Cìobair (I Love The Shepherd) (5:17)
- Listen Thug Mi Gaol Do'n Fhear Bhàn (I Gave Love To The Fair-Haired One) (4:18)
- Listen A Fhleasgaich Oig Is Ceanalta (The Young And Gentle Lad) (3:41)
- Listen Òran A' Mharaiche (The Sailor's Song) (6:28)
- Listen Fhir And Leadain Thlàth (Lad Of The Beautiful Hair) (3:53)
- Listen A' Mhaighdeann Bharrach (The Barra Maiden) (3:58)
- Listen Sraid Na H-Eala (The Road Of The Swan) (2:25)
- Listen Nuair Bhios Mi Leam Fhin (When I Am Alone) (5:42)
Scottish Folk Music
This compilation reflects on a golden age of traditional music in Scotland, a country with a thriving musical history, where music-making is again endemic in a new generation. Fiddler Aly Bain and accordionist Phil Cunningham, known throughout Scotland simply as ‘Phil & Aly’, are among a very small number of traditional musicians who have become household names, breaking into the mainstream with their exquisite folk music and opening doors for others.
All great singers have distinctive voices that are instantly recognizable, but there is more to great singing than a good voice; there has to be that essential extra, often described as ‘spirit’ or ‘soul’. Ishbel MacAskill has one of these voices in Gaelic and Heather Heywood has a similar quality in Scots. Shepheard, Spiers and Watson, and Bob Blair, are singers whose style demonstrates a deep understanding of traditional song. Tom Spiers and Arthur Watson were both members of The Gaugers, a group who rarely travelled outside of their native northeast but who had a huge impact on the Scottish folk revival.
Traditional music-making was largely a solo art and the ‘folk group’ is a relatively modern phenomenon, resulting in some great music. On this album Battlefield Band and Ossian represent the older generation of folk bands in Scotland. Younger bands bring a new level of invention and diversity, Breabach’s huge sound is dominated by the twin bagpipes of Calum MacCrimmon and Donal Brown, complemented by the fiddle playing of Patsy Reid. Claire Mann and Aaron Jones perform on this recording as a duo. Each of them is a skilled solo performer but equally at home in a band setting.
The bonus disc presents one of Scotland’s foremost singers and clàrsach players, Maggie MacInnes. Recognised for her commitment to both tradition and innovation, Maggie’s connection to the centuries of her family’s singing and storytelling tradition can be heard throughout these captivating and heartfelt recordings.
Bonus Artist Album by Maggie MacInnes
Maggie MacInnes is one of Scotland’s foremost singers and clàrsach players. Recognised for her commitment to both tradition and innovation, Maggie’s connection to the centuries of her family’s singing and storytelling tradition can be heard throughout these captivating and heartfelt recordings.