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Sandy Brechin CDs

Selection of Sandy Brechin CDs. Click on the links for more information on each product.

Sandy Brechin & Ewan Wilkinson - Hard Times Come And Go (CD)

Sandy Brechin & Ewan Wilkinson - Hard Times Come And Go (CD)

Ref: CDBAR020

Ewan and Sandy have been playing together for ten years. On "Hard Times Come And Go " Ewan and Sandy play a mixture of Scottish and English traditional songs, together with some original compositions, three new songs are written by Ewan along with blazing tune sets led by Sandy, accompanied by Ewan on guitar and various guest musician friends on other instruments.

The second album from Sandy Brechin (piano accordion, backing vocals) and Ewan Wilkinson (vocals, guitar). Also featuring Alison Smith (fiddle), John Curry (whistles), Laura Matuszak (backing vocals), Marcos Watt (congas), Mike Katz (pipes and whistles) and William Oke (bass guitar).

1. The Devil Was a Friend to Me
2. The Road to Errogie / The Hornets' Nest / The Bunny's Hat
3. Broken Hearted I'll Wander
4. Tibbie Fowler O' the Glen
5. Lady Isabella Wemyss’s Strathspey / Streens / Mr Jaffrey’s (Jnr) Strathspey
6. You’ve Been Gone Far Too long
7. Tait’s / The Chow Man
8. May Day
9. Carnie’s Canter / Andy Broon’s Reel / Clydesdale Lasses
10. The High Level Hornpipe / The Saratoga Hornpipe / President Garfield’s
11. Battle of Otterburn
12. Ian Green of Greentrax / Duntroon
13. The Snows They Melt the Soonest
14. Lullaby (At the End of the Day)

Price: 11.59

Sandy Brechin - Out Of His Box (CD)

Sandy Brechin - Out Of His Box (CD)

Ref: CDBAR018

Re-issue of CDBAR6001. The brilliant box-player from Seelyhoo & Burach, Sandy's playing is dynamite - a very modern approach, but very musical too! The album includes many of Sandy's own stunning compositions.

1. Hangin' Out The Windows
2. Buckfast At Tiffany's
3. The Bouzouki Reel
4. Charlie Stuart's Jig
5. Roddy's Last Trip
6. The Drunken Tattie Howker
7. The Meudail is Maighear's mo Ghraidh
8. Tommy Peoples
9. Three Good Fellows
10. Nice Hands, Shame About The Face
11. The Crapper
12. The Dusty Windowsill
13. Admiral On The Bow
14. The St. Bernard Waltz

Price: 11.59

Sandy Brechin & Friends - Sunday Night Sessions (CD)

Sandy Brechin & Friends - Sunday Night Sessions (CD)

Ref: CDBAR007

For many years the Ensign Ewart pub on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh was the venue for a Sunday Night Session of music and songs. The regulars featured here include Sandy Brechin, Norman Mackay, Ewan Wilkinson, John Currie, Peter Brady and many more.

1. The Altyre Wedding: The Road To The Isles / Susan Lazell's / The Ramnee Ceilidh Set
2. Both Sides The Tweed
3. A' Mhairi Bheag Fho Uibhist
4. Warring Lads of Russia
5. Reels: he Mortgage Burn / Siobhan O'Donnell's / Pressed For Time
6. The Montreal Fiddlers
7. Polkas: The Patisserie Polka / Britches Full Of Stitches / The Finnish Polka / Jessica's Polka
8. Scotty Dog Set: Loch Ruan / John MacDougall Esq / Jimmy The Joiner
9. The Braes Of Loch Eil
10. The Ass Set: The Ass In The Graveyard / Richard Dwyer's Reel / The Famous Ballymote / Maggie's Pancakes
11. Kings And Queens of England
12. The Live Set: The Road To Banff / Leaving Lochboisdale / The Imperial Eagle
13. Gordon Duncan plays The Altyre Wedding Set

Sandy Brechin: Accordion
John Currie: Whistles, Pipes
Shiela Sharp: Flute
Peter Brady: Fiddle, Mandola, Banjo, Mandolin
Richie Werner: Percussion
Steve McDonaugh: Bouzouki
Dougie MacDougall: Button Accordion
Ewan Wilkinson: Guitar & Vocals
Norman Mackay: Button Accordion
Anna Frelova: 'Cello

Guest Musicians:
Chris Agnew: Acoustic Bass
Jim Walker: Snare Drum

Price: 11.59

Sensational Jimi Shandrix Experience - Electric Landlady (CD)

Sensational Jimi Shandrix Experience - Electric Landlady (CD)

Ref: CDBAR002

With a psychedelic cover and ceilidh dances played with electric guitar riffs this is not for the purists! But if you want to let your hair down (or frizz it up) this makes for a great change on the dancefloor. Led by the ever-inventive Sandy Brechin.

The debut album from Sandy Brechin's rockin' electric ceilidh band. Featuring an all-star cast of Greg Borland, Pete Clark, Ronan Martin, Gavin Marwick, Chris Agnew, Eoghain Anderson, Allan Brown, John Currie, Chris Day, Aaron Jones, Colin MacFarlane, William Oke, John Sikorski, David Taylor, Jim Walker and Roy Waterston.

1. Gay Gordons
2. Dashing White Sergeant
3. St. Bernard's Waltz
4. Strip The Willow
5. Canadian Barn Dance
6. The Eightsome Reel
7. Military Two-step
8. Virginia Reel
9. Highland Schottische
10. Last Waltz

Price: 11.59

Ceilidhdonia - Circadian Rhythms (CD)

Ceilidhdonia - Circadian Rhythms (CD)

Ref: CDBAR012

Funky ceilidh dance music and songs, performed by a varied line-up chosen from over a dozen top Scottish musicians. With fiddles, accordions, mandolin, pipes, guitar, keyboards, drums, bass and vocals.

1. Jigs: Blow Your Chanter - Snug In A Blanket - Your Drunken Fumbling Fingers - Last Tango in Harris
2. White Russian
3. Hielan' Harry
4. Gay Gordons: Corriechoillies - Sweet Maid of Glendaruel - Kirkwall Bay
5. Young At Heart
6. Galway Girl
7. Reels: Sleepy Maggie - Loch Leven Castle - The High Drive
8. Glasgow's for Saturday Nights
9. 2/4 Set: Sandy Spence - Jim Christie of Wick
10. Canty's Travels
11. Waltzes: Waltz for Kylin - Waltz of the Guardian Angles

John Inglis - Vocals & Guitar
Ian Chapman - Bass
Dave Cantwell - Drums
Brian McAlpine - Keyboards & Guitar
Sandy Brechin, Gregor Lowrey, Jock the Box & Gary Innes - Accordions
Gavin Marwick, Ewen Henderson & Ronan Martin - Fiddles
Davy Sinclair - Mandolin
Davy Methven - Pipes
and
Ken McClusky - Backing Vocals & Harmonica (Tk.8)

Price: 11.59

Sandy Brechin

Sandy Brechin

Sandy Brechin grew up in Kirkliston, West Lothian and has been playing the accordion for twenty years. In fact, he has been playing the same accordion (albeit with a few minor repairs) for the last twenty years! He was taught by the late Chrissie Leatham, in Edinburgh, and also by her son, Owen Murray, who is now Professor of Accordion at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He has developed his own unique approach to the art of accordion playing and his innovative style is instantly recognisable.

"This man is going to make a big impact on the traditional and not-so-traditional music scenes with his funky accordion, catchy compositions and refreshing personality. Spirited powerful playing of equally spirited and powerful tunes"
The Scots Magazine

Over the years, Sandy has played in many bands, but is probably best known for his work with the Scottish bands, Bùrach and Seelyhoo, with whom he has toured extensively in Europe, Canada, the USA, and the Far East. A frequent guest on radio and television, Sandy is also in much demand as a session musician, having recorded on several CDs outwith his own groups' recordings. Also known as a talented writer, some of his compositions have been published and others recorded by bands like "The Iron Horse". On the rare occasions when he is not touring with the bands, he still plays for ceilidh dances with his own hugely popular electric ceilidh band, "The Sensational Jimi Shandrix Experience".

In February 1997, Sandy played on the National Lottery Show Live in the final of The Great British Song Contest, the competition run by Jonathan King to select Britain’s entry for the Eurovision Song contest 1997, as part of the band “Do Re Mi, with Kerry”. The song was called “Yodel in the Canyon of Love”, and aroused a great deal of interest at the time, because of its quirky nature! The British public voted for the winning entry by telephone poll, and Yodel was just pipped at the post by Katrina And The Waves, who then went on to win Eurovision. However, Yodel was released on the Polygram label later in 1997 and was voted favourite album of 1997 by one of the pundits on American music magazine, Billboard.

In 1998, Sandy toured the Faroe Islands again, playing with the Faroese version of “The Sandy Brechin Band”, made several tours to the South of Spain and Sandy and Colin performed on the Gaelic Television programme, “Tacsi”, with members of Capercaillie, Relativity and Shooglenifty. The Sandy Brechin Band also played a double bill with Capercaillie in August 1998 in Guingamp Celtic Festival in Brittany, and toured Iceland for the first time in July 1999, performing at the Reykjavik Accordion Festival, and on Icelandic radio and TV. In February 1999, Sandy toured the USA and Canada, along with concertina players Alistair Anderson and Niall Vallely, on the “Twice Upon a Squeezebox” tour. In July 1999, Sandy played solo at Kaustinen Folk Festival in Finland, in a series of concerts sponsored by the British Council.

Sandy is also well known as a teacher of accordion. He has taught at many workshops, such as the Edinburgh Feis ( a Scottish traditional music workshop for children), “Folkworks” music workshop in Durham, and “The Youth Gaitherin’” workshop in Edinburgh.

Sandy Brechin Website

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