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Brave Hearts: New Scots Music, A Narada Collection

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Ever wondered about the rest of the words to "Auld Lang Syne?" You'll hear them on Dougie MacLean's guitar-ballad version, which closes Brave Hearts, a collection of Scottish and Scottish-inflected music. In MacLean's hands, the rousing, traditional New Year's song becomes wistfully low-key, with a gentle intensity that undercuts anything a crowd of celebrants in Times Square might be capable of. There are plenty of other surprises on Brave Hearts as well, such as Blair Douglas's "Nelson Mandela's Welcome to the City of Glasgow," which successfully combines Scottish and South African musical traditions; the result works far better than one might initially expect. Popular-style songs, such as "Sleepy Maggie" (Ashley MacIsaac) and "E Horo" (Mary Jane Lamond), are complemented by such nods to tradition as "Walking the Plank" (Skyedance) and "Southpark House/Tarruing Teann An Crios/Kevin's Celtic Chasm" (Anna Murray). And pieces like the fast, furious, dramatic "B Minor" (Leahy) integrate piano with the more recognizably traditional fiddles and drums. Brave Hearts presents music that is neither staunchly traditional, nor cut off from its roots; instead, the collection combines the best of both worlds. --Genevieve Williams


1. The Landlord's Walk - Blair Douglas
2. Sleepy Maggie - Ashley MacIsaac
3. Nelson Mandela's Welcome To The City Of Glasgow - Blair Douglas
4. E Horo - Mary Jane Lamond
5. Ah Fhideag Airgid - Karen Matheson
6. B Minor - Leahy
7. Southpark House/Tarruing Teann An Crios/Kevin's Celtic Chasm - Anna Murray
8. Mairead Nan Cuiread/The Bob Parsons Strathspey - Tannas
9. Ailain Duinn - Capercaillie
10. The Walking Nightmare - Old Blind Dogs
11. Walking The Plank - Skyedance
12. Auld Lang Syne - Dougie MacLean

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 24, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: February 24, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Narada
  • ASIN: B000006FCM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,016 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brianna Neal on May 25, 2003
Format: Audio CD
My favorite Celtic compilation album of all! I don't think I could describe "Bravehearts" any better than its back cover does: "proud, passionate, provocative--keeping tradition alive by refusing to let it stand still ..." Full of energy, bounce and spirit, all the numbers on this CD, both lively and driving or poignant and slow, have an intensity about them that just sweeps over you. The artists featured are: Leahy, Capercaillie, Blair Douglas, Mary Jane Lamond, Ashley MacIsaac, Dougie MacLean, Karen Matheson, Old Blind Dogs, Anna Murray, Skyedance and Tannas. It's hard to pick a favorite track or two here--I like every one, though Blair Douglas and Leahy really shine. Come along and celebrate the spirit and mystique of Scotland with these innovative new musicians! If you enjoy "Bravehearts", you'll also enjoy the up-tempo music of another compilation CD, Green Linnet's "Playing With Fire".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 11, 1998
Format: Audio CD
What have the Scots been up to while their fellow Celts, the Irish, have been making hay from Riverdance? Plenty, if this CD is any indication! A superb compilation of Scottish and Scottish-inspired music, "Brave Hearts" shows what a diversity of expression is contained within that musical tradition. Far from being full of bagpipes and mournful ballads, the album show-cases the rich variety and vitality of contemporary Scottish folk music. There are well-known acts such as Capercaillie, Dougie MacLean and Alasdair Fraser. But it isn't only the stars that make this album shine. Lesser-known names play some of the most startling music. Take Blair Douglas' instrumental "Nelson Mandela's Welcome to the City of Glasgow", for instance. Combining South African township rhythm and chant with bagpipes and military drums, this extraordinary piece melds two traditions in a most electrifying way.
There is plenty of excellent singing - mostly in Gaelic - from wonderful Scottish singer Karen Matheson and Canadian Mary Jane Lamond, and from groups like Capercaillie and Tannas. Instrumental work on fiddle and bagpipes is highlighted on tracks by groups like Skyedance and Old Blind Dogs. And the whole is rounded off by a brooding rendition of "Auld Lang Syne" by Dougie MacLean. Ignore the tacky title - this album is a superb showcase of contemporary Scottish folk.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D.A.Knight on September 23, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is an extensive and eclectic collection of contemporary Scottish music from Cape Breton to Perthshire.
Familiar names include Ashley MacIsacc with "Sleepy Maggie," Mary Jane Lamond with "E Horo," and Leahy with "B Minor." Capercaille contributes the song, "Ailein Dunn," which was featured in the film ROB ROY.
Blair Douglas contributes two percussion-driven tracks which successfully combine Scottish-style drumming with African-inspired drumming.
The collection ends appropriately with a rendition of Robbie Burns' "Auld Lang Syne," by Dougie Maclean.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Land on November 2, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is the first CD I have ever purchased that would fall under the "International" category. I heard a few tracks at a dance convention and fell in love with it. The entire CD is great, especially Blair Douglas' tracks.
A+++
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charles Andrews on June 16, 2000
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What a wonderful collection of modern Scottish music that remains completely loyal to the traditions of ancient Gaelic music. The previous reviewer is correct, the more you listen the better it gets and its wonderful the first time through.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Georgina Gibson on August 26, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I have had this CD for a few years now and still get much enjoyment out of it. It is a good blend of some very inspiring music.

I would recommend it to the Scot/Celtic fan out there looking for that right inspirational CD.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Littlehale on February 18, 2000
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What can I say, the more I play the CD the more I like it. I should not have been so quick in giving the CD a thumbs down without listening a lot more. If you like Scottish music I'm sure you will like this CD. My apologies if I discouraged anyone from buy this CD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Strickenburg on October 17, 2011
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This fabulous album features music of contemporary Scottish (and Cape Breton Island) musicians, such as Capercaillie, Dougie McLean, and Ashley MacIsaac. They bring us music which is set firmly in the Scottish tradition and yet is fresh and inventive. As it says in the liner notes, the artists featured on this album share "a talent for stretching the tradition without snapping it."

Be prepared for some wonderful bagpipping, fiddling, and rhythms that will make you want to dance -- but also for haunting ballads and striking cross genre pieces. I was particularly struck with the combination of traditional fiddling and rock beats in Ashley MacIsaac's "Sleepy Maggie." I also enjoyed "Nelson Mandela's Welcome to the City of Glasgow" -- the blend of Scottish and South African musical traditions was fascinating. "Mairead Nan Cuiread" by Tannas was also fabulous, with its driving rhythms and buoyant vocals.
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