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Monthly news summary of all the happenings and up and coming events in the Scottish Traditional Music scene.

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November 11th News


Our special CD offer today is singer Calum Kennedy's 'Legends of Scotland '. The music includes Here's to the Hills, Amazing Grace and Dark Lochnagar. This CD shows of his lovely Highland voice with a fine selection of the songs which made Calum Kennedy a popular entertainer and household name the world over. £4.99 for one week only. http://bit.ly/9ehy27

1. New at Foot Stompin': includes Matheu Watson; The 'Singing Shepherd'
2. Classic Album: Fhuair Mi Pog - Allan MacDonald and Margaret Stewart
3. Scotland's Bright Young Stars - Koda
4. Snippets
5. Foot Stompin' FREE Scottish Music Podcast
6. Best Sellers - Includes Runrig
7. Reviews - includes Skerryvore
8. Discussion forum - Nyckelharpa in Scotland
9.Foot Stompin' on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube
10 Testimonials

1. New at Foot Stompin' (remember if you've bought from us before you get our loyalty 10% discount off everything)

YOUNG AND GREAT!! Matheu Watson: A reviewer describes this CD as "'a spectacular first album'...and no wonder! The young multi-instrumentalist showcases his prowess on fiddle, guitar, all the other fretted instruments – and even the tin whistle. He is joined on his debut CD by some very starry friends including Kris Drever, Aly Hutton, Martin Simpson and Martin O'Neill. There's a lovely variety of tone, mood and texture on this CD and the oh so talented Matheu also wrote all the the music himself! £12.60 (£13.99 for first time customers)
http://bit.ly/cfFP5X

DREAMY!! Fields of Dreams - Iain Thomson: A superb collection of twelve songs all from the pen of Iain Thomson. Iain, also know as 'the singing shepherd' lives and works on the Isle of Mull. He is inspired by the beautiful landscape and diverse wildlife which surround him. Iain (lead vocals and 6 string guitar) has some great guest musicians on his album in the shape of Capercaillie founder members Marc Duff on whistles, bodhran, bouzouki and Charlie McKerron on fiddle, Gaelic singer Maeve MacKinnon, bassist Gordon Maclean and accordionist John Somerville. £11.70 (£12.99 for first time customers)
http://bit.ly/bwtnB1

A FINE TRIBUTE!! Reflecting on Rankine - Iain MacPhail & Friends: With a lineup featuring Iain Macphail, Jack and John Delaney, Alastair McGirr, Andrew Knight and the late, legendary, Billy Thom, the disc has 20 tracks compiled by Iain and Jack to pay tribute to their old friend, Alloa bandleader Andrew Rankine. A must-have collection for Rankine fans and Scottish dance band enthusiasts alike. Andrew Rankine (1932 - 1985) became one of the most famous Country dance band leaders, acclaimed by Scottish Dance enthusiasts and fellow Dance musicians. He was renowned for his skill as an accordionist and also for his ability as arranger and composer. He was at the forefront in the development of a new approach to Country Dance Music which gathered momentum in the early 1950s. £11.70 (£12.99 for first time customers)
http://bit.ly/auDHBd

THIS TIME WITH THE LINK!! Runrig - 50 Great Songs (3CD+1DVD set): We missed it out last week and we don't want you to miss out on this fabulous package! A compilation of fifty all-time favourite Runrig songs on three CDs, plus a bonus DVD of eleven songs performed live. Includes two recordings of Runrig songs by Cathy Ann McPhee and Dick Gaughan, and featuring The Craigie Choir and The Glasgow Islay Gaelic Choir. The tracks are taken from the albums The Stamping Ground, Everything You See, In Search Of Angels, Proterra, Mara, Transmitting Live, Day Of Days DVD, Year Of The Flood DVD, The Big Wheel, The Greatest Flame, Amazing Things and The Cutter And The Clan. £18.00 (£19.99 for first time customers)
http://bit.ly/aIX71P

GIE'S A TUNE!! The Eildon Collection (book) Anyone playing Scottish music will be delighted to see this book featuring 29 great tunes written by veteran button accordionist and band leader Jim Mackay. Jim Mackay's Dance Band (originally from Caithness) made up of three generations of family members, has been on the go since 1957. Several of the tunes can be heard on the band's CD 'Mountain Tears' The book which has musical notation and chord symbols for each tune has a foreword from Andy Ross of Moray Firth Radio: £9.90 (£10.99 for first time customers)
The Eildon Collection (book) http://bit.ly/bvetxU
Mountain Tears (CD): http://bit.ly/bwj3tw

BACK IN STOCK!! Seeing Scotland DVD: Seeing Scotland is a totally beautiful DVD. A ground-breaking 6 part series now released on this single DVD that explores and discusses the inspiration, dedication and human interest behind photography. The series is presented by world-renowned landscape photographer Charlie Waite. In Seeing Scotland each journey takes a look into one of the many elements involved in making a photograph, from light, through to composition, photographing wildlife and even ways of improving portraiture. Set amid some of Scotland's most breathtaking scenery, and enlivened by Charlie's encounters with local characters along the way, Seeing Scotland is a lavish pictorial celebration with breathtaking images, both moving and still. £11.70 (£12.99 for first time customers)
http://bit.ly/a8137v

LEST WE FORGET!! Far Far from Ypres - Songs, Poems and Music of World War l (double CD): Various artists: In this week of remembrance, a tribute to all the soldiers from the home countries, their Commonwealth brothers in arms from across of the globe who together fought, suffered and in so many cases died in the Great War. A thoughtfully constructed double CD set documents songs, poems and pipe music from the First World War. It is intended as a tribute to soldiers of the UK and Commonwealth who fought and died in the battlefields of Europe, with a strong but not exclusively Scottish slant. Disc one features The Scottish Pals Singers performing songs sung by the troops and music hall pieces. Disc two draws on songs about the war by the likes of Eric Bogle, Dick Gaughan and The McCalmans A wonderful tribute to the men and women of two generations ago who gave so much. £11.70 (£12.99 for first time customers)
http://bit.ly/cDoXoa

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2. Classic Album: Fhuair Mi Pog - Allan MacDonald and Margaret Stewart

This 1998 album features Gaelic song and piping by two hugely talented artistes. Margaret Stewart (this is her first recording) is a great traditional singer - a native Gaelic speaker whose singing is steeped in the rhythms of the language. Allan MacDonald is an expert piper (one of the famous Glenuig piping MacDonald brothers) as well as a fine singer. The success of this collaboration - and the pipes sit well with the ornate Lewis singing style - may say something about the past but certainly points the way to future possibilities. Terrific entertainment with lovely singing and great tunes, some of the best written by Allan MacDonald himself. A reviewer described Fhuair Mi Pog as " not only a recording of deep musicality and austere beauty, it was also one of the most important Gaelic music recordings of recent years, making great music from a challenging and original approach to the tradition." Also on the album are Allan Henderson (fiddle), Ingrid Henderson (harp, piano), Iain MacFarlane (fiddle), Iain MacDonald (flute, whistle) and Nick Turner (bass guitar). The CD booklet is bilingual - in Gaelic and English.
http://bit.ly/a3i9x1

3. Scotland's Bright Young Stars - Koda

KODA, or the Keith Dickson Accordion Orchestra as it was formerly known, was formed in Dumfries in 1987 to provide an opportunity for young accordionists to meet regularly and play music together. 1998 saw the introduction of Scots Fiddle and Highland Bagpipes into the accordion lineup line-up followed by guitar and percussion. The group then went on to win their first title at the UK Accordion Championships. After winning a "Danny Award" at Celtic Connections Festival the band were invited to perform in the Shetland Isles in July 2000. In 2002, the group received a “Special Award” at the European Accordion Festival in the City of Prague, Czech Republic and in 2003 appeared at T in the Park. As the young people grow up and move on the band has had many changes of personnel but the standard of musicianship remains top notch and they have an enviable record of high-profile gigs in both the UK and Europe, including performing at the ScotsTrad Music Awards in 2009, plus an amazing four CDs to their credit. Notable former members include Award winning Scots singer and accordionist Emily Smith, The Johnson Sisters who went on to form the band 'Give Way' and Tom Orr whose band won Best Dance Band at the Scots Trad Music Awards. Koda has continually developed since its early years and now offers a varied programme of traditional instrumental compositions as well as a fresh, vibrant and imaginative approach to their great music. In 2010 the band again won the title "UK Accordion Showband Champions 2010. A fantastic young outfit and well done Keith Dickson! Check out the Koda CDs:
Alternative Frequency: http://bit.ly/a6oYDd
Keepin' It Reel: http://bit.ly/bpnRHx
Tight Squeeze: http://bit.ly/cUipPa

4. Snippets

Catriona Macdonald's Homemade Workshops
Shetland fiddler and teacher Catriona Macdonald has launched a new project, based around a wonderful weekend of fiddle teaching and food...starts in January
http://bit.ly/bsrBHb

Distil Showcase 2010
It's the Distil Showcase this Friday 12th November featuring some great trad musicians writing music for Mr McFall's Chamber Quintet. If you're free please come along - it starts at 7.30pm in Stirling's Tolbooth. Either way here's a wee promo video taken at one of the rehearsals on Tuesday. http://bit.ly/biA7ZC

Aly Bain and Norman MacCaig
Norman MacCaig the Scots poet whose centenary is celebrated this week was great friends with Shetland fiddler Aly Bain. Check out the various articles and programmes about them here:
http://bit.ly/aJQGq6

Forever Amber!
The 2010 Amber Fiddle Award in memory of Perthshire composer and fiddler Niel Gow was won by Gemma Donald (Falkirk/Shetland) who took this year's title with her composition "Birlin' in Blair Atholl".
http://bit.ly/bC87wT

FREE Feis Rois workshops this weekend!
Feis Rois, in partnership with the Camanachd Association, is putting on a series of free music workshops for young people from P5 - 7 before the international shinty/hurling match in Inverness on Saturday 13th November. This is a great opportunity to learn from some fantastic Scottish musicians.
http://bit.ly/9KHENU

Great new band Rura
Just listening to this young band - Rura on myspace. Brilliant playing! Have a listen. http://mysp.ac/bQ2iU8

Have you voted yet?
The Scots Trad Music Awards 2010 - There are 16 categories you can vote in including Album, Instrumentalist, Scots Singer, Gaelic Singer. to help you decide, there is information on each of the nominees in each category here: http://www.handsupfortrad.co.uk/tradmusicawards/voting2010-info.html
You can vote in the Scots Trad Music Awards here: http://www.handsupfortrad.co.uk/tradmusicawards/voting2010.html

Chris Stout in the bath!
If you've ever wondered what Shetland fiddler Chris Stout looks like in the bath (we haven't by the way!) well here is a picture of Chris modelling 'Crofters Bubble Bath’' for the Shetland Soap Company
http://bit.ly/9OaFph

RSAMD Junior Academy Open Day 20th November
The Junior Academy in Glasgow offer a Scottish Music Course where talented young musicians can study Traditional Scottish Music. At the moment they have children studying fiddle, wooden flute, piano and clarsach on the course but all instruments are welcome to apply. Why not go along and check it out? http://bit.ly/aZOaSy

Scots Fiddle Festival - this weekend!
That's at the Assembly Rooms George Street Edinburgh - it's fantastic! recitals, workshops, ceilidhs and of course, great concerts with fantastic guest fiddlers . You'll love it!
http://bit.ly/dxWOUL

Edinburgh's Hogmanay!
Traditional music line-up at the Hogmanay celebrations in Edinburgh this year - lineup includes Dougie MacLean, Dick Gaughan, Julie Fowlis, Lau, and BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year Daniel Thorpe with his trio.
http://bit.ly/cMXVKp

5. Foot Stompin' FREE Scottish Music Podcast
You can still listen to our November 2010 Foot Stompin' Free Scottish Music Podcast. In this edition we featured the launch of the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards including Uam by Julie Fowlis which is nominated in the Album of the Year category. John McCusker who is nominated in the Instrumentalist of the Year. Fred Morrison who is in Folk Band of the Year. Bel Canto by Eilidh MacKenzie who is nominated in Gaelic singer of the Year. Matheu Watson is in the Up and Coming Artist and we finish off with Skerryvore who are nominated in the Live Act of the Year.
http://bit.ly/oWIhn

Don't forget our daily Audioboo podcast. Simon produces a wee 1 minute podcast which looks at the issues of the day.
http://bit.ly/dvMhbm

6. Best Sellers

DVD: Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2010 : The wonderful spectacle of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2010 is a spine-tingling extravaganza of military music. Take home the full 90 minutes of theTattoo's 60th 'Diamond Anniversary' show recorded live at Edinburgh Castle.
http://bit.ly/b9hss9

CD/DVD Runrig - 50 Great Songs (3CDs + DVD) : Fifty all-time favourite Runrig songs on three CDs, plus a bonus DVD of eleven songs performed live. What an outfit!
http://bit.ly/aIX71P

CD: Shadows Tall - Jeana Leslie & Siobhan Miller: An excellent duo. Great music - great songs. Such talent!
http://bit.ly/aed10F

Christmas Cards: Foot Stompin' again have their own uniquely designed Christmas Cards. Packs of 5 with a greeting in either Scots or Gaelic language. The cards are A6 size (148mm x 105mm) and come with matching white envelopes.
Christmas Card 2010 (Scots): http://bit.ly/aVCrxx
Christmas Cards 2010 (Gaelic): http://bit.ly/dyTZrn

Scottish Songs (book): A collection of more than 80 traditional compositions arranged for voice and piano. The songs and ballads in this book reflect the rich heritage of folk music in Scottish life. Includes An Eriskay Love Lilt, O Can Ye Sew Cushions, Willie's Gane Tae Melville Castle, Ae Fond Kiss and many more. There's also a handy glossary of the Scots words used in the songs.
http://bit.ly/7M3ouA

CD: Duan Nollaig - A Gaelic Christmas (double album): aAunique album of Gaelic Christmas Carols and Songs sung by Fiona Mackenzie, for the Mairi Mhor Fellowship. This double album of 35 songs is a collection of traditional carols eg Silent Night, In the Bleak Midwinter, Away in a Manger etc, traditional Gaelic carols, eg Heire Bannag, Leanabh an Àigh etc new Gaelic Christmas songs, songs for children, young people and Gaelic learners, and a few surprises thrown in.
http://bit.ly/19s0qK

CD: Hello World - Lorne MacDougall: A great album from the piper and whistle player. Lorne’s band consists of some of the most respected musicians in Scotland who originally got together for the recording of this, his debut solo album.
http://bit.ly/9y8DZm

CD: Solas Clann Dhomhnaill (Joy of Clan Donald): - MacDonald Sisters: A unique collection, comprising for the first time ever on CD, the complete commercial recordings of The Macdonald Sisters, the Gaelic stars of the 60s and 70s, beautifully remastered by Nick Robbins. ""It is wonderful to finally hear so many of the songs from the MacDonald sisters on one collection. They celebrated and shared songs from Gaelic Scotland around the world, and I am sure this album will bring back fond memories for many." Julie Fowlis, 2010
http://bit.ly/cbS7Iq

7. Reviews
CD: Skerryvore - Skerryvore:
No messing here as Skerryvore kick off with the riff based “Path To Home” featuring a mixture of Jimmy Shand meets the Tannahill Weavers. I’m pleased to say that this is folk-rock that proudly nails its Celtic banner to the mast and leaves the listener with an adrenalin rush that’s hard to shake off...... If this album is anything to go by then everyone is in for a treat with thrusting, foot-stomping arrangements that will raise the spirits and hopefully any aging folk enthusiasts that like to be ‘entertained’ will find little to carp about. ....The final ‘live’ track “Home To Donegal” with its rousing anthem style chorus should ensure arm waving aplenty and broad grins all round. Pete Fyfe...folking.com
http://bit.ly/dxpIwT

CD: Celtic Nyckelharpa – Gavin Pennycook. Customer Review 5 stars
Wonderful, exquisite playing. Very much, I think you will like it...John Jesiman
http://bit.ly/ar9YSs

CD: Blackwood and Hickory - Mid Argyll Pipe Band
"...A band of long standing (founded 1927) but of considerable youth as well - encouraging young players is a particular aim - they offer an eclectic collection of trad and pioneering tracks. They are influenced by Brittany, Cornwall and of course Argyll - "recorded at Argyll and Bute Council Chambers, Lochgilphead" is a pretty rare accolade in itself. Most of the tunes will ring a bell with piping fans of any level, but it's what the Mid Argyll do with them that ensures the pizzazz, with quirky titles, slick and unexpected arrangements - the syncopated "Cheryl's Wedding", the protracted Mooo! that starts "Sweeney The Coo Killer", for example - and much more. Definite proof that piping is alive and well, indeed thriving, in Campbell country: and all the more so as this is actually a sell-out stage show translated on to CD....The Scots Magazine
http://bit.ly/cfxE3c

CD: Adoon Winding Nith - Emily Smith and Jamie McLennan
"...This is an album that proves, again, that Smith ranks alongside Julie Fowlis as one of Scotland’s great young traditional singers. She’s a great instrumentalist, too, playing accordion and piano alongside McClennan’s guitar, fiddle, whistle and mandolin. One suspects that Burns would have been impressed...." BBC Music
http://bit.ly/1hgPvO

CD: Stereocanto - Fraser Fifield
"...It’s the interplay between intellectual construction, fleeting modal improvisations and sheer emotional sensuality of the music that makes this such a satisfying, and strikingly unified, piece of work...." Songlines
http://bit.ly/aw71KG

8. Discussion forum
Nyckelharpa in Scotland
Anyone play one of these superb sounding instruments ("sounds like a cello being played in a cathedral") and if so are there any "get togethers" of nyckelharpa players north of the border?
http://bit.ly/b6Jt3U

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