Monday 29 July 2019

Rhona MacKay: Music of the Harp

Rhona MacKay: Sings & Plays the Music of the Harp
(Lismore LILP 5130, 1984)

01 Buain a Choirce/Domhnall an Dannsair/Glenlivit
02 Cro Cheann T-Saile (Seaforth Lullaby)
03 Waly, Waly
04 Gealach nan Eilean (Island Moon)
05 Jamie
06 Bi Falbh o'n Uinneig (Go Away from the Window)
07 Do Dh'Eirinn Cha'n Innis Mi Ah-Ainm (For Ireland I Will Not Ter Her Name)
08 Cearcall a Chuain (Ocean's Cycle)
09 Gruagach Og an Fhuilt Bhain (My Fair Young Love)/Fr John MacMillan's Farewell to Barra/72nd Highlander's Farewell to Aberdeen
10 Gradh Geal Mo Chridh (Eriskay Love Lilt)
11 Mais an Taobh Tuath (The Beauty of the North)/Peat Fire Flame
12 Dean Cadalan Samhach (Lullaby)/Tha mi Sgith (Fairy Love Song)
13 Alasdair a Gleanna Garradh (Alastair of Glengarry)

Like many Glaswegians, Rhona MacKay's family were involved with Gaelic culture from the Highlands and Islands. As well as playing with the Scottish National Orchestra, she was a member of the folk group The Whistlebinkies.


Thursday 25 July 2019

The Vikings (1965)

The Vikings: Orkney Goes Dancing (Phoenix Recordings, 1965)

Published by Phoenix Recordings and recorded in the Phoenix Cinema in Kirkwall, Orkney. The band's line-up was Allan Anderson (accordion), Jim Anderson (accordion, piano), Robin Bain (bass), Hugh Inkster (Stroh violin), Brian Fidlay (guitar) and Linay Linklater (drums). According to the sleeve notes, the band were known all over the mainland of Orkney. Fiddler Hugh Inkster was recorded a few times and pops up on some interesting albums later on, from the Orkney Strathspey and Reel Society (recorded in 1976) to School of Scottish Studies recordings and a Smithsonian Folkways album of 1979.

01 Roxburgh Castle/Wind That Shakes the Barley/Inver Lasses
02 The Balintore Fisherman/The Royal Scots Polka
03 Bonnie Dundee/Jackson's Jig/Kenmuir's On an Awa
04 Meeting of the Waters/Gledaruel Highlanders


Songs of Scotland (EP, 1981)

Various Artists: Songs of Scotland (EP, SRTS 81 CUS 1091, 1981)

01 Craven: The Rose of Allandale
02 Killiecrankie: Killiecrankie
03 Elizabeth: Sons o' the Soil
04 Elizabeth: Dark Lochnagar

This was a fundraiser for the Dundee branch of the Scottish Nationalist Party, featuring "Elizabeth" (singer Elizabeth Barry, backed by Tom Berry), "Craven" (Arthur and Ian Dryden on vocals and guitars) and "Killiecrankie" (Tom Berry on bass, guitar, piano, synthesiser and vocals, with George Boag on vocals and guitar).