- Audio CD (February 24, 1998)
- Original Release Date: February 24, 1998
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Narada
- ASIN: B000006FCM
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,320 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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
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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.
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.
I would recommend it to the Scot/Celtic fan out there looking for that right inspirational CD.
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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