A Scottish journalist visits the 1977 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, Ennis. With the reminiscences of other Scots who were there.
A set of recordings of a fine Highland band made c. 1976. One of the first Scottish groups to use Highland bagpipes. Other tracks to follow!
Some lo-fi but rare tunes from a Glasgow band of the c.1977. The band featured the influential multi-piper Ian MacDonald of Neilston who recently passed away.
Twelve tracks recorded live at a house concert ~ with Ewan MacPherson and Brighde Chaimbeul.
4 tracks from Scotland’s first professional concert, broadcasting and recording female fiddler.
These recordings were made in Edinburgh around 1978 by New Jersey fiddler Richard Klein who is now living in New Zealand. They feature Richard and Tony playing together and some fine solo guitar, including an early folk version of the recently composed bagpipe tune Farewell to Nigg by Duncan Johnstone.
A distinguished concert violinist from Galashiels, Scottish Borders. One of the first woman in Scotland to make commercial recordings of Scottish traditional fiddle music.
Making sense of a recording of the fiddling poet made by Alan Lomax in Edinburgh in 1951, with a perspective from his friend Seamus Heaney.
A fiddler active in the first half of the twentieth century. A regular broadcaster on BBC and in theatrical productions. Listen here to his 1959 playing in the Theatre Workshop performance of Brendan Behan’s The Hostage:
We have now added another two restored tracks by pioneering clarsach player/singer Héloïse Russell-Fergusson, Eriskay Lullaby and Dunvegan Bridal Procession, from the private collection of Hélène Witcher.