George Duff is widely regarded as one of Scotland's finest singers and interpreters of traditional Scots songs. After a lifetime’s singing, this is his debut solo recording. An accomplished guitarist, hailing from the mining community of Midlothian, George started working for the National Coal Board as an engineer straight from school and worked in both Newtongrange and Bilston Glen, Loanhead until their untimely demise in the 1980's. So, George's repertoire is naturally inclined towards the powerful songs about coal mining, but he is also a respected exponent of the songs of Robert Burns, and equally enjoys the traditional ballads and melodies of Ireland. Contemporary writers are also represented in his repertoire, with songs here from the pens of notable Scots wordsmiths Hamish Henderson, Alistair Hulett, Michael Marra, Geordie McIntyre and Brian McNeill. George Duff (vocals, guitars & cittern) is joined here by fellow musicians ~ Kevin Macleod The Occasionals (bouzoukis, cittern, mandolins, tenor guitar & resonator tenor guitars) John Martin Tannahill Weavers/Ossian/The Easy Club (fiddle & octave fiddle) Mike Katz Battlefield Band (whistle, low whistle & small pipes), Jim Wilson (accordion) Mark Dunlop Malinky (bodhran & percussion), Martin White (electric slide guitar) and Rob Hiley (piano) This is old style Scottish singing, beautifully performed, and as profound as the mine shafts sunk into the coal-black spaces which deeply influence the singing of George Duff, “The Collier Laddie" himself.
Superb Black & White and Colour photography by Roderick Macleod, of the Coigach area in 1955. This beautifully illustrated, large format, 30 page, full colour A4 landscape book has been compiled and by Kevin Macleod and published privately in May 2016.
KEVIN MACLEOD (TENOR GUITAR, MANDOLIN, CITTERN, FENDER SLIDE & BOUZOUKI), ALI BEAG MACLEOD (ACCORDION), ALASDAIR FRASER (BAGPIPES & WHISTLE), WILL MACLEAN (TRUMP) Traditional Highland music is performed here by four Coigach locals from the north shore of Lochbroom in the far North West Highlands of Scotland. Their lively tunes are played here on bagpipes, accordion, resonator tenor guitars, mandolin and trump (jaw's harp), and this fine recording makes a great memento of the music and landscape of Coigach.
The brand new recording by Kevin, released on 26th July 2014. You can purchase a cd using the website here, or go to iTunes for a download option. Also, you can hear several tracks off the cd in the short film in the "Music Videos" section of the website entitled "Highland Strands"
Braes of Badentarbat - Ali Beag MacLeod & Kevin Macleod: A flavour of the music and bàrdachd (Gaelic poetry) traditions of Coigach in the far north west Highlands, not just today, but also back in time where it all came from, featuring local lads button accordion player Ali Beag Macleod and tenor guitarist Kevin Macleod. Ali is a talented player and fine tune writer, his music is full of the character of the local music in the Coigach area and demonstrates the way in which music is enjoyed there every day.
This short collection of poems contains the only known surviving work of Neil MacLeod, the Polbain Bard. His verse, transcribed and translated here for the first time by Roderick Macleod, gives us a glimpse back into Polbain, in Coigach, at the end of the 19th century, where a vibrant, oral Gaelic tradition was very much alive. This is Gaelic poetry in a rich and animated form, full of images of boats, fishing, hardships, wild rocky reefs, loves lost and gained, enforced clearances and poverty. The verse brings to life the Gaelic community of Polbain, and what was recorded just in time is now preserved here as a testament to Neil MacLeod and his like.
Acoustic mandolin, bouzouki and resophonic guitar from Scotland and beyond. With Alec Finn, Frankie Gavin (De Dannan), John Martin (Tannahill Weavers), Malcolm Jones (Runrig) and Freeland Barbour. Kevin is also a member of The Occasionals. ‘This is one you’ll want on your CD player, just try prizing it out once it is in’ (Irish Music Magazine) ‘The use of no less than nine beautiful and varied stringed instruments gives the music a delightful timeless quality’ (Scots Music) ‘Springwell is a fine example of a musician exploring parallel traditions in a fresh and original way’ (Rock & Reel)
A duet recording by Kevin Macleod and Alec Finn (De Danann) recorded on variety of vintage stringed instruments. Currently out of print at Greentrax, but one or two copies still available from Kevin Macleod through this website.
This third recording from Scots mandolinist Kevin MacLeod, of The Occasionals Ceilidh Band, features a lively collection of Scottish and Irish traditional music, and also some new melodies from several contemporary composers including himself. He is joined by three masters of the tradition - Ireland’s legendary bouzouki player Alec Finn of De Dannan, Orcadian guitar supremo Kris Drever of trio Lau, and Luke Plumb, the Tasmanian mandolin and bouzouki dynamo from Scottish band Shooglenifty. The four musicians unite to create an enlivening fusion of tunes from the great musical traditions of Scotland and Ireland. In addition to the mandolin, Kevin also plays bouzouki, cittern and various guitars on the album. ‘A rare fluency on the mandolin’ (Simon Mayor)
Tracks - The Hornes Set / The Occasionals Jigs / The Highland Wedding / Orkney Memories / The Westringing Set / The Capstan Two Step / Gaelic Melodies / Northern Reels / A Drop Of Brandy / Set Of Marches / Cold Winds / The Hebridean / The Celebration / Happy We've Been / Irish Jigs / The Percy French Set / The Old 2/4's / Dumfries And Galloway Reels
AUDIO CD with 12 most popular Scottish Ceilidh Dances + 4 bonus tracks. BOOKLET with Dance Instructions for the above 12 dances, plus general background notes. DVD with Instructional Film for the 12 dances + 'HOME FOOTAGE', a 1 hour documentary on The Occasionals. Gay Gordons / Highland Schottische / Eva Three Step / Virginia Reel / St. Bernard's Waltz / Dashing White Sergeant / Military Two Step / Pride of Erin Waltz / Britannia Two Step / Strip The Willow / Canadian Barn Dance / Eightsome Reel / The Friendly Waltz / The Russian Ballet / The Full Set Polka / The Orkney Eva Three Step
CDTRAX 289, 2006
Tracks: Waldoboro / La Russe / Reedy Lagoon /Balmoral Highlanders / Lord Lovat / Happy Valley / Frank and Anne Martin / Old Adam / Lily Russell / Liberton Pipe Band / Cavan Girl / Penicuik Ceilidh Club / Flett from Flotta / Shoe The Donkey / Peter's Peerie Boat / The Drampire / The Agnes / Gardebylaten / George Johnston / Ladies of Spain / Shiftin' Bobbins. The above tracks cover music for La Russe, Wilma's Waltz, Palais Glide, Viennese Swing, Dinky One Step, Fiona's Polka, Waltz of The Bells, Marine Four Step, Millenium March, Postie's Jig, La Rosa, Shiftin' Bobbins, Allemans March ...amongst others.
CDTRAX 259, 2004
Dance Music from Scotland - Tracks: The Thomson Boys / Botany Bay / Loch Maree Islands / Bobby Campbell / Jock Mackay / Maids of Kintail / Stirlingshire Militia / Flowers of Edinburgh / Cumberland Reel / Jessamine / Eileen and Roddie Macleod / La Va / Yon Toun / Sands of Egypt / Maggie Mae / Willie Tait
CDTRAX 184, 1999
Scottish and Old Time Music - Tracks: Virginia Reel / Circle Waltz / Military Two Step / Gay Gordons / Highland Schottische / Killarney Waltz / Eva Three Step / White Heather Foxtrot / Barony Waltz / Britannia Two Step / Gay Gordons Two Step / Victory Waltz / Circles Four / Canadian Barn Dance / The Riverside / The Last Waltz / Final Blast
The Complete Scottish Ceilidh Dance Volume 2 - Tracks: Grand March / Boston Two Step / Flying Scotsman / Hesitation Waltz / Jacky Tar Two Step / Circassian Circle / Lomond Waltz / Baden Powell / Hullichan's Jig / Duke of Perth / Russian Ballet / Friendly Waltz / The Haymakers / Gypsy Tap / Southern Rose Waltz / Drops of Brandy / Call of the Pipes / Orcadian Strip The Willow As a companion to this CD see also the Booklet of Dance Instructions ('Back In Step).
IRCD 021, 1992
The Complete Scottish Ceilidh Dance Tracks: Gay Gordons / Eva Three Step / St. Bernard's Waltz / Dashing White Sergeant / Military Two Step / Canadian Barn Dance / Pride of Erin Waltz / Strip The Willow / Britannia Two Step / Waltz Country Dance / Cumberland Square Eight / Highland Schottische / Swedish Masquerade / Virginia Reel / The Foula Reel / The Veleta / Eightsome Reel / Last Waltz
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