Return to Kintail: Alasdair Fraser & Tony McManus
Alasdair Fraser (fiddle, viola) Tony McManus (guitar)
This eagerly awaited recording pairs two of Scotland's most respected artists - renowned fiddler Alasdair Fraser and guitar phenomenon Tony McManus. Their collaboration has recently been the buzz of the Celtic music scene, with festival headline appearances in Europe, Australia, Canada, the United States and Scotland, garnering rave reviews and an ardent international following.
"Two of Scotland's most sublime instrumental talents." —The Scotsman
1 Bidh Clann Ulaidh (Men of Ulster) 2 Ross' Reel no.4 * Reichswall Forest (Dan R. MacDonald) 3 Roslin Castle * Miss Gordon of Gight (Isaac Cooper) 4 The Marquis of Huntly (William Marshall) * The Ewie wi' the Crooked Horn * John Cheap the Chapman (Nathaniel Gow) * Peerie Weerie * The West Mabou Reel 5 Calum Sgaire A traditional Gaelic song air to which Alasdair has added a second part. 6 Donald Willie and his Dog (Donald Morrison) * Alex MacDonald (Norman MacDonald) * Chloe's Passion (Dr Angus MacDonald) 7 Lady Louisa Gordon's Strathspey (William Marshall) * The Highlands of Banffshire * The Merrymaking 8 Seathan * Na Goisidich (The Gossips) (Allan MacDonald) 9 Sitting in the Stern of a Boat This air was composed by the Rev. William MacLeod as he sailed from his native Bracadale on the Isle of Skye to take up a parish in Argyllshire. 10 A Mhaighdean Mhara (The Mermaid) 11 Lieutenant Maguire's Jig * The Curlew (Donald MacPherson) * Sleepy Maggie * Tail Toddle 12 The Sweetness of Mary (Joan MacDonald Boes) * Devil in the Kitchen * Willie Davie * The Sound of Mull * The High Road to Linton The late Joan MacDonald Boes was a fine pianist and composer in the Cape Breton style. She was the accompanist for the Five MacDonalds, a fiddle group in Detroit of which the aforementioned Dan R. MacDonald was a member. 13 Theidh mi Dhachaigh (Return to Kintail) "Theidh mi dhachaigh chro Chinn t-Saile" (I will go home to the cattle-fold of Kintail). The song may have been composed by a soldier who was wounded at the Battle of Sheriffmuir.
All tunes traditional unless credited.
Engineered by Bruce Wheelock at Flying Whale Studio, Grass Valley, California. Additional recording at Secret Music Studios, Glasgow, engineered by Grant Milne. Mastered by Stephen Hart.