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 / Tunes from the Lowlands, Highlands, & Islands

Tunes from the Lowlands, Highlands, & Islands

This CD takes the listener on a journey through the various musical traditions presented regularly by the Scottish Folk Festival.

"A healthy blend of living tradition and lust for adventure" was how the Berliner Morgenpost described this festival whose tours of Germany get longer and longer, playing to capacity halls and recorded, of course, by WDR. We have selected some of the highlights and added a few further recordings: Hebridean songs by Catherine-Ann MacPhee whose poignant and powerful voice goes straight to the heart; the sheer genius of Phil Cunningham, one of the finest accordion players alive; Coelbeg’s contemporary interpretations of folk music, and the ethereally enigmatic sound of the harp duo Sileas. "The concentrated talent of the Poozies," enthused the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, "opens up a whole world of beauty and commitment and is bound to bring them international recognition as a major female group." The sensational duo Catriona MacDonald & Ian Lowthian have developed a strictly structured chamber music based on the fiddle music of the Shetland islands. Ishbel MacAskill presents Gaelic songs with solemn dignity. Urbn Ri really can set feet tapping to any tune. Finally, historical recordings of legendary fiddler Aly Bain and Dick Gaughan, round off this Network CD’s presentation of major highlights in Scottish music.

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