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Orkney Folk Festival Fiddle Gathering (CD)

Orkney Folk Festival Fiddle Gathering (CD)

Ref: OFFCD027

A number of Orkney’s finest musicians, spanning several generations, feature on our new live CD Orkney Folk Festival: Fiddle Gathering.
Recorded live in at the 2015 festival, the record features some 20 musicians under the direction of Douglas Montgomery, brought together to celebrate the isles’ rich fiddle tradition, in one memorable performance in the Stromness Town Hall.

Renowned Orcadian tradition-bearers, such as Tommy Mainland and Billy Jolly, are joined by some of the isles’ most successful musical exports, including Sarah MacFadyen and Fara (Jen Austin, Louise Bichan, Kristan Harvey, Jeana Leslie and Catriona Price), as well as students Aidan Moodie and Graham Rorie, representing the newest generation of players.

The second CD in the festival’s Gathering series following Orkney Folk Festival: The Gathering, The Fiddle Gathering was the fifth incarnation of the ongoing project. Established in 2011, it’s an ever-evolving initiative which aims to bring together generations of Orcadian performers in a celebration of the islands’ musical heritage, and has toured to ovations at Celtic Connections, the Scots Fiddle Festival and the Shetland Folk Festival. Proceeds from album sales and live events go towards bringing Orkney’s music to wider audiences, for many years to come, through the support of future Gathering events.

The fiddle has been at the heart of Orkney’s traditional music for centuries, so much so, that it has even been suggested that it was Orcadians working in the Hudson’s Bay fur trade who introduced the instrument to Canada. It’s fitting then that this second live album is dedicated to the fiddle and its music.

Price: 11.59

Orkney Folk Festival: The Gathering (CD)

Orkney Folk Festival: The Gathering (CD)

Ref: OFFCD026

Recorded live at the 2011 Orkney Folk Festival, and featuring some of the islands' finest musicians, this album captures the quality, spirit and sheer warmth of one of the most memorable nights in the festival's history. From the tradition-bearers of Billy Jolly and Kenny Ritch Snr through the extraordinary musicianship of Billy Peace's generation to Kris Drever and Fristan Harvey. A rich and rewarding blend.

1. Orkney Jigs
2. Polkas
3. Sweet Honey In The Rock
4. Lily And Diana's Pipers Cave
5. Isle Of Erin
6. Billy's Leap
7. Bride's Lament
8. Watchmen's Polka

Some of Orkney's finest musicians from through the generations are being showcased in a new live album. Orkney Folk Festival: The Gathering was recorded during last year's festival in an event sponsored by Scotland's Islands 2011.

Under the direction of Orcadian fiddler Douglas Montgomery, The Gathering concert featured some of the islands' best known recent exports such as Kris Drever and Kristan Harvey, alongside tradition-bearers like Billy Jolly and Kenny Ritch Sen.

The most talked about event of the 2011 festival, some of the highlights of that night are now available on CD. Orkney Folk Festival: The Gathering is being released at the 2012 festival.

''We did plan on releasing a CD to accompany the project'' says Douglas ''but the live recording from the night was originally intended for festival promotion, and to make it easy to do again, with a different band, so that it could become a rolling cast and theme.

''We hoped that parts of it could be released, but never really thought that the whole recording could be used - the quality that came back was amazing.

''Perhaps the reason that it's turned out so well is that we didn't actually manage to rehearse everything before the concert. Some of the sets were off the cuff on the night, which made it very exciting, and I feel that comes through on the CD as well.''

Price: 11.59

Orkney Folk: Traditional Music From The Islands (CD)

Orkney Folk: Traditional Music From The Islands (CD)

Ref: OFFCD025

To celebrate the 25th Orkney Folk Festival this CD provides a snapshot of the folk music scene with tracks from 19 great artistes such as Frank Keenan, Saltfishforty, Hadhirgann, Wrigley Sisters, Shoramere, Ivan Drever, etc.. From box & fiddle to singer/songwriters…

1. Frank Keenan - Take A Chance
2. Saltfishforty - Beef & Tatties
3. Hadhirgann - Wing Stock
4. The Grieve Family - Islands of Home
5. The Marwicks - Louise's Waltz
6. The Wrigley Sisters - Luka
7. Jo Philby - Teddy O'Neil
8. Lazy Boy Chair - The Folky Gibbon
9. Fiona Driver - Graham In A Tent
10. Three In A Bar - Watersound Shore
11. Rory McLeod & Amy Leonard - The Unlearning Song
12. The Selkies - Jean & Andy Leonard's Waltz
13. Ben The Hoose - Little Cascade
14. Shoramere - Catharsis
15. Jenny Kendall - Forever Young
16. Kris Drever, Sarah McFadyen & Garry Finlayson - The Salty Boy Set
17. Shoot the Piper - The Fermoy Lasses
18. Hullion - The Piper's Cave
19. Ivan Drever - Orkney Anthem

Price: 11.59

Orkney's Live Lounge: Makaracket (CD)

Orkney's Live Lounge: Makaracket (CD)

Ref: MAK001

Orkney College's Young Enterprise team challenged local bands to perform "Live Lounge" as on BBC Radio 1. Each act was given a short list of possible songs and had to give their own interpretation - well known pop songs with an Orkney twist!

1. The Chair – Highway to Hell.
2. Bad Taste – Use Somebody.
3. Cheryl Moar -You’ve got the Love.
4. Fat Elvis – Losing my religion.
5. Ignition – Home.
6. Stereo Lobsters – Love the way you lie / Red Alert.
7. Constant Party – Superstition.
8. Jordan Cooper – Mountains.
9. Hybrid Constellation – Hurt.
10. Liberty Unplugged – Hard times.
11. The Condition – Wonderwall.
12. Ragstone – I kissed a girl.
13. Stronsay Silver Darlings – Galway Girl.
14. All bands/singers (including Makaracket) – Do they know its Christmas?

Price: 11.17

Gems From The Attic (CD)

Gems From The Attic (CD)

Ref: ATCD072

Twenty five years of Orkney's Attic Records is celebrated with this CD packed full of the finest musicians, singers and bands that have recorded with Attic over those years. Knowe O'Deil Band, Debbie Scott, Fridarey, Hullion, Wyre Band, Kirkwall City Pipe Band, Ronnie Jamieson, Ivan Drever, Wrigley Sisters…

1. Knowe o' Dell Band - Holm Band Tune - Mrs.Anne Barbour
2. Billy Budge - Rootan Aboot in the Heather
3. Debbie Scott - Naomi Jane's Reel - Nordraflur
4. Davie Eunson - McLean of Pennycross
5. Jenny Kendall - St.James Infirmary Blues
6. Pat Shearer - Kerri Marie Shearer - Natalie Jean McAdie - The Stornoway Weaver
7. Fridarey - The Wild White Swan
8. Kirkwall City Police Pipe Band - Colin's Cattle - Shoals of Herring
9. Angus Findlater - Brak Him Up For Spares
10. Albert Linklater - The Humours of Brandon - Maggie Brown's Fancy
11. Robin Nicolson - The Weather Man
12. The Wrigley Sisters - 5th Flight - Madame Neruda
13. Ronnie Jamieson - Twilight Over Shetland
14. Carolyn Allen & Kris Drever - Rattling Roaring Willie
15. Kenny Ritch - Carnegie's Welcome to Scotland - Mr.Michie
16. Hullion - The Cuckoo's Nest - Val's Reel - The Amorous Cat
17. The Wyre Band - Phil the Fluter's Ball - Down In the Cane Break
18. Ray Moore - Cootamundra Wattle
19. Shoramere Fiddlers - Katy Broom Lowthian
20. Ronald Anderson's Band - The Stone Court - Maureen's Jig - Rambling Pitchfork
21. Seona Dunsmuir - Salmon Nets of Cowie
22. Ivan Drever - Which Way
23. Douglas Montgomery & Stewart Shearer - Fiddle On Fire - Inverness Lasses
24. The Selkies - Maple Sugar
25. The Orkney Session Band - The McMillin Dubh - The Hagggis - The High Drive - The Concertina
26. Stuart Sim - Leaving Louisiana In the Broad Daylight

Price: 8.75

The Orkney Sessions From The Reel (CD)

The Orkney Sessions From The Reel (CD)

Ref: ATCD070

The title says it all… But it helps to know that The Reel is a trad. music venue offering tuition, sessions and a coffeehouse and bar, and that it's run by two of Orkney's most popular musicians, Jennifer and Hazel Wrigley. Here's an album of high class live tune sets, a couple of songs and the occasional musical hiccough, just to prove it's live. Guitars, fiddle, piano, pipes, accordion, harmonica, banjo, bodhran…

Douglas Montgomery, Fionn McArthur, Jennifer Wrigley & Colin Pirie - Fiddles
Bruce Mainland, Hazel Wrigley, Stewart Shearer, Ingi Jolly, Owen Tierney & Frank Keenan - Guitars
Brian Cromarty - Banjo
John Struthers, Steve Amos & Roger Philby - Bodhrans
John Adams - Bass
Billy Jolly - Harmonica
Bruce Mainland - Flute & Recorder
Kitty Halcrow - Accordion
Ian Morrison - Pipes
Hazel Wrigley - Piano
Bruce Mainland, Jo Philby & Frank Keenan - Vocals

1. The McMillan Dubh - The Haggis - The High Drive - The Concertina
2. Miss Margaret O'Carrol
3. Maggie In the Woods - Rambling Pitch Fork - Garret Barry's - Wards Jig
4. Clouds over Uist
5. Floors o' Edinburgh - Pat the Budgie - Bachelor's Reel
6. My Home - Bonnie Dundee
7. The Constant Lover
8. Clumsy Lover - Pottinger's Reel - Andy McGinn - Janine's Reel - Slantygart
9. Piper's Bonnet - Troy's Wedding - Alan MacPherson of Mosspark - Merrily Danced the Quaker's Wife
10. Josephine's Waltz
11. Raving Winds
12. Lark In the Morning - Moving Cloud
13. Orcadia - Stronsay Weaver - Trip to Herves' - Attic Studio
14. Nancy's Waltz - The Dark Island

Price: 8.75

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