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Rough Guide to Scottish Folk

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A celebration of song and dance from one of Europe's strongest living folk traditions, featuring poignant Gaelic laments, the beauty of the Scottish harp, jigs and reels from the finest contemporary folk bands, and a rousing finale from the 'King of Highland Pipers'.

Artists include: Silly Wizard, Mac-Talla, Capercaillie, The Tannahill Weavers, Ewan Maccoll, Tom Anderson with Aly Bain, Karen Matheson and Alasdair Fraser

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There's far more to Scottish folk than the skirl of bagpipes (although that's a part of it, and excellently represented here by John D. Burgess). Fiddle features prominently, as does song, and the ceilidh dance tradition (Tom Anderson and Aly Bain offer a stunning ceilidh set). Gaelic was the native language, and it's never died out, as a number of singers here show. Up in the Isles, it's the tradition of mouth music that lives on, and Capercaillie's Karen Matheson offers a modern version of one of those puirt-a-beul songs. Reels and jigs are also as much a part of the country as the heather, and they're here in force. But the south of Scotland has long been urban, and Ewan MacColl's "Dirty Old Town" is something of a grimy hymn to that modernity. For an introduction to music strongly influenced by the tradition, this is honestly hard to beat. --Chris Nickson

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Clan Coco/The Road To Benderloch/Fifteen Stubbies To Warragul - Battlefield Band
  2. Griogal Cridhe (Beloved Gregor) - Mac-talla
  3. Rithill Aill - Karen Matheson
  4. Heart And Soul - Wolfstone
  5. The Crags Of Ailsa/Staffa's Shore - Alison Kinnaird
  6. The Queen Of Argyll - Silly Wizard
  7. John Griffin's - Rory Campbell & Malcolm Stitt
  8. The Centennial Waltz - Fiddler's Five
  9. Good Drying Set - The Tannahill Weavers
  10. Tha M'Eudail Is M'Aighear 'S Mo Gradh (My Treasure, My Delight, My Love) - Christine Primrose
  11. Dirty Old Town - Ewan MacColl
  12. 'S Gann Gunn Dirich Mi Chaoidh - Ossian
  13. The Quiet Man/The Solstice/The Silver Spire - Jonny Hardie & Gavin Marwick
  14. The Harper/Lady Catherine Ogle - Whirligig
  15. The Gathering Storms/The Lowland Of Scotland/Feaden Glan A'Phiobair - Ross Kennedy & Archie McAllister
  16. Jack Broke The Prison Door/Donald Blue/Sleep Soond Id Mornin'/Lasses Trust In Providence/Bonnie... - Tom Anderson & Aly Bain
  17. Wooden Whale/Leaps & Bounds/Skye Barbeque - Alasdair Fraser
  18. The Tree - Capercaillie
  19. The Swallow-Tailed Coat/Turf Lodge - John D Burgess


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  • Audio CD (October 8, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: World Music Network
  • ASIN: B00004BYZR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
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