Tag Archives: Scottish music

Smithfield Fair’s Jacobites By Name

For anyone who is of the firm opinion that the Battle of Culloden was the darkest moment in the history of western civilization, Smithfield Fair‘s Jacobites By Name is the album you’ve been waiting for. If you’re not craving a … Continue reading

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Shoormal’s Migrant

The Shetland band Shoormal take their name from a word which, in the Shetland dialect, means “where the shore meets the sea.” On Migrant, the band writes and sings about hope, spring following winter, and sunrise breaking the dark, often … Continue reading

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Various artists’ No. 1 Scottish

Alistair Brown wrote this review. For many years now Brian McNeill has been a major force in Scottish music. He is perhaps best known as a fiddler, but that sells him short; in fact he plays fiddle, viola, mandolin, cittern, … Continue reading

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Brìghde Chaimbeul’s Carry Them With Us

Brìghde (BREE-cha) Chaimbeul’s second album Carry Them With Us is a masterful, exhilarating melange of traditional and modern music for the Scottish smallpipes. It’s definitely not for the traditionalists among piping fans, but what Chaimbeul is doing with Scottish smallpipe … Continue reading

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Battlefield Band’s Time & Tide

One of the longest running Scottish folk bands, Battlefield Band celebrates three decades of music touring and recording. Time & Tide, their latest album, again sees a change in the lineup with the departures of Karine Polward and John McCusker. … Continue reading

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Celtic Fiddle Festival’s Play On, Drones & Bellows/Dragseth Duo’s Hiimstoun, Smoky Finish’s Tune the Speed, various artists’ The Independence Suite, and various artists’ A Highland Journey in Music

Alistair Brown wrote this review. Play On is the fourth release from a group of musicians who had no real intention of continuing as such beyond a one-off concert series in 1993. The project featured three of the Celtic world’s … Continue reading

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John G. Gibson’s Traditional Gaelic Bagpiping 1745 – 1945

There are several traditions regarding the history of Scottish bagpiping that have been passed down from piper to piper over the last few hundred years. These doctrines are that the Disarming Act following the Battle of Culloden was responsible for … Continue reading

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Various artists’ The Kilmartin Sessions: The Sounds of Ancient Scotland

I understand that a review copy of Kathryn Tickell’s new album which features a Pict instrument called the carnyx, is on its way to GMR from Park Records, but I have an album that our Music Editor will find even … Continue reading

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Willie Clancy’s The Pipering Of Willie Clancy Volumes 1 & 2, Tommy Martin’s Uilleann Piper, Brian McNamara’s A Piper’s Dream, Kevin Rowsome’s The Rowsome Tradition, and various artists’ World Pipe Band Championships 2000, Volumes 1 & 2 

Tim Hoke wrote this review. I was a little intimidated when a package of seven bagpipe CDs arrived at my house. Now, I love bagpipes in all forms as much as anyone who doesn’t actually play them can, but a … Continue reading

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John O’Regan’s Massive Piping Omnibus Review

Various artists’ Glenfiddich Piping Championship – March, Strathspey and Reel (Lismor, 1999) Various artists’ Glenfiddich Piping Championship – Piobaireachd (Lismor, 1999) Various artists’ Glenfiddich Piping Championship – Ceol Mor Piobaireachd (Monarch, 1991) Various artists’ Dr Dan Reid Memorial Solo Piping … Continue reading

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