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Transatlantic Sessions: The complete series 6

Mary Chapin Carpenter , Teddy Thompson  |  NR |  DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mary Chapin Carpenter, Teddy Thompson, Tim O'Brien, Julie Fowlis, Karen Matheson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Whirlie Records
  • DVD Release Date: November 12, 2013
  • Run Time: 182 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,326 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
In July 2012 I discovered this a fabulous Scottish television series called “Transatlantic Sessions” that is only came to the US (in NTSC video) last year. It certainly ranks as one of the best music-related DVDs I've watched this year and is a true must-see for folk music fans (both American and Celtic) and anyone who enjoys good music, played by experts in the field.

Though this is the SIXTH volume in the series, it’s only the FOURTH released on US-compatible NTSC format. (Volumes 1 and 3 are still only available in the UK PAL format, though I’m told that 2014 should bring those volumes which ARE available on Audio CDs – three separate CDs to a season.

It took a bit of research to understand why the first DVD release in the US was Season FIVE of the program. I'll try to share the info in order to avoid confusion as you check out this DVD and the series.

In 1995 Scottish fiddle player Aly Bain (best known as a founding member of the seminal Celtic band The Boys of The Lough), had a great idea for a TV series for BBC Scotland. He invited Nashville-based dobro player Jerry Douglas to invite some of his fellow musicians to come to a hunting lodge in the Scottish Highlands for a week and perform with some of the best Scottish and Irish singers and musicians, blending the acoustic sounds of both cultures as the played together and accompanied one another. The series - consisting of six 29-minute episodes was a success and, in 1998, a second season was recorded. It was another nine years until Series 3 and then two more years till Series 4 and, finally, in 2011, Series 5. The shows were released in the UK on DVD by Bain's record company, Whirlie Records, but only in the PAL format, which cannot be played on US TVs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Addition to a Great Series January 19, 2014
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I previously bought and loved seasons 4 and 5 of this superb series. Season 6 is, in many ways, my favorite. It was shot in a beautiful house overlooking Loch Lomond, and the new scenery and lighting are striking. The camera work and audio engineering are, once again, first rate.

Aly Bain and Jerry Douglas have put together a superb house-band. Mike McGoldrick on pipes and flutes, Russ Barenberg on guitar, and Phil Cunningham on accordion are three of my favorites, but saying that misses the most essential thing about this band, which is how brilliantly they all play together as a group. Their guest musicians are extremely lucky to be supported by such a generous and accomplished band.

Every season I have seen has introduced me to guest performers that I knew nothing about before, or that I had not been exposed to enough to really appreciate. This season is no exception. My favorite "discovery" this time around is probably Maura O'Connell. What a magnificent voice! I don't know how I made it this far without hearing her, but I'm already trying to catch up with her career. Cara Dillon is another belated find. Aoife O'Donovan, Julie Fowlis, Karen Matheson, and Mary Chapin Carpenter are all in excellent voice, and in addition to their solo turns also provide rich harmonies for other performers (including each other).

My only regret for Season 6 is that there are no DVD bonus performances this time around. Season 4 had 4 bonus tracks, and Season 5 had 5. I would have really enjoyed another song or two by Maura O'Connell, at least, but that's a small gripe because what we have been given is so consistently excellent.

Bottom line: Season 6 of the Transatlantic Sessions is a treasure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a masterpiece June 15, 2014
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I've never run across this series till I saw 3 clips on PBS last week. I HAD to get Series 6! I am so happy I did. I'm rather new to folk and never really was drawn to Celtic music, but these performances have made me see what magic it is. Series 6 is an experience for all the senses. The musicians are absolutely brilliant, the scenery from the location filmed is beautiful, peaceful. The recording of the voices and music is perfect. I can't rave enough about it. This is a must have. You absolutely will be captivated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect January 20, 2014
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A DVD with Mary Chapin Carpenter, Maura O'Connell and Aoife Donovan; how could you go wrong. Beautiful songs, harmonies and musicianship. Jerry Douglas works his magic again and once again I was able to watch this in total awe and with goosebumps. Did I mention teddy Thompson and Tim O'Brien. please hurry up and start on Session 7
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