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Bonnie Rideout - Harlaw, Scotland,1411 (2 CDs) : Ancient Music and Stories Commemorating the 600 year anniversary of the Legendary Battle of Harlaw. 600 years ago, the windswept fields of Harlaw in north-east Scotland were witness to one of the bloodiest of battles in Scottish history. Although forgotten by many, the Battle of Harlaw was well remembered in music and song, much of it centuries old. This double CD brings the past to life.
Disc one features Bonnie Rideout's fiddle playing of the ancient piobaireach "The Battle of Harlaw," and "The Battle of the Birds. She is joined by fifteen of the world's finest Celtic musicians including Glenuig piping legend Allan MacDonald who sings and plays the powerful 500-year-old Gaelic incitement to the battle. Andy Hunter sings the 16th-century ballad, accompanied by Bonnie, and William Taylor on Celtic harp; and Elizabeth Stewart sings her commanding north-east Aberdeenshire version of the ballad. Several stunning solo versions of the ancient melody Battel Harloe are performed by Billy Jackson - harp, Ronn McFarlane -Lute, Chris Norman - flute, Grant Herreid - theorbo, and more. On the final track, Barnaby Brown, plays triple pipes reconstructed from 1000 years ago, and with Bonnie accompanying, creates a haunting and beautiful version of The Battle of the Birds.
Disc Two, a Narration CD, award-winning broadcaster and Scottish music historian, John Purser, guides listeners through the thrilling story of "Bloody Harlaw" and the fierce clash of clans between the MacDonalds of the Isles from the West of Scotland, and the Stewarts in the East. Glasgow University scholar, Alan Riach, and legendary ballad singer, Elizabeth Stewart, join the commentary regaling the tale with new insight, humor, and even a ghost story from the battlefield itself passed down to Elizabeth from her grandfather of the Northeast travelling folk. The outstanding line-up of musicians accompanies the narration to create a beautiful and fascinating listening experience. This project is a feast of traditional music and Scottish history.
Bonnie Rideout - fiddle, viola; John Purser - narration; Matthew Bell - bodhran; Barnaby Brown - triple pipes; Paula Glendinning - Highland bagpipes; Grant Herreid - theorbo, lute; William Jackson - clarsach; Allan MacDonald - vocals, Highland bagpipes and small pipes; Ronn MacFarlane - lute; Chris Norman - flute; Al Petteway - guitar; Betty Rideout - piano; Elizabeth Stewart - vocals; William Taylor - clarsach and harp.
|Title:||like receiving signals from afar, transmitting through the ages....|
|Review:||The ballad The Battle of Harlaw is well enough known, but as an impressive new double CD from the American fiddle piobaireachd specialist Bonnie Rideout demonstrates, the musical legacy of this bloody engagement, for which both sides claimed victory, remains a rich one, six centuries on, including various ballads and piobaireachds.The album, Harlaw: Scotland 1411 features Rideout with collaborators including pipers Alan MacDonald, Paula Glendinning and Barnaby Brown, harpists William Jackson and William Taylor and singers Andrew Hunter and Elizabeth Stewart.....Listening to these, or to Allan Macdonald's intoning of the brosnachadh, the fierce Gaelic incitement to battle, or to the piobaireachs sounded so eloquently on fiddle and pipes by Rideout and MacDonald, is rather like receiving signals from afar, transmitting through the ages something of the fervour, as well as the tragedy and pity of a conflict...Jim Gilchrist, The Scotsman|
|1/1||DISC1 (MUSIC DISC) The Battle of Harlaw March|
|1/3||Cogadh no Sith - War or Peace|
|1/4||Battel Harloe (clarsach)|
|1/5||Black Donald's March to Harlaw|
|1/6||The Battle of Harlaw Ballad (Andrew Hunter)|
|1/7||Battel Harloe (piano)|
|1/8||The Battle of Harlaw Piobaireachd (viola)|
|1/9||Battel Harloe (lute)|
|1/11||Cumha, Eachainn Ruaidh nan Cath - Lament for Red Hector of the Battles|
|1/12||The Battle of Harlaw, Ballad (Elizabeth Stewart)|
|1/13||Cath Ghairidheach - March from Harlaw|
|1/15||Cath nan Eun - Battle of the Birds|
|2/1||DISC 2 (NARRATIVE) Introduction|
|2/2||The March to Harlaw|
|2/3||About the Ballad - Alan Riach and John Purser|
|2/5||Elizabeth Stewart talks to John Purser|
|2/6||Elizabeth Stewart Ghost Story|
|2/7||Elizabeth Stewart interview Part 2|
|2/9||Bonnie rideout interviews John Purser|
|2/10||Battel Harloe (guitar)|
|2/11||The Meaning of "Harlaw" and "Benachie"|
|Deliver to:||United Kingdom|