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Featured Artist: Hamish Napier
A soundtrack specially-commissioned by Granton East: Highland Heritage And Cultural Centre.

This second solo album from Hamish Napier showcases a stellar cast including members of top Scottish bands Breabach and Treacherous Orchestra, along with ace fiddler Patsy Reid.

Hamish is a multi-instrumentalist and composer from the Scottish Highlands, working in Glasgow's vibrant music scene.

All original tunes plus two original songs by Findlay Napier.

Includes a 16 page booklet, artwork and design by the fabulous Somhairle MacDonald

With vintage photos of the Speyside line and Highland Railway taken by photographers from the 1920s up until the '60s.

Hamish Napier (whistles, flutes, piano, Rhodes, Wurly, Mellotron, backing vocals), Fraser Stone, drums, percussion), Ewan Robertson (guitar), Findlay Napier (lead vocals, guitar (tracks 3 & 10), James Lindsay (double bass), Ross Ainslie (Highland pipes in A and border pipes), Patsy Reid (fiddles, viola, cello, string arrangements), The Napiers (Gillian Frame and Lucy Napier).

"Napier has the composer’s gift of painting a picture with sound, more evocative that an artist. Superb." FATEA

"Warmly evokes the glory days of the long-closed Speyside Line...a lament for a lost world." The Scotsman.
Tour Dates
  • 22nd September - Gary Innes Band@ Skye Live,  Portree, Isle of Skye
  • 23rd September - Nae Plans - Adam Sutherland & Hamish Napier duo -The Old Inn, Carbost, Isle of Skye, Scotland
  • 25th September - Nae Plans - Adam Sutherland & Hamish Napier duo - Lyth Arts Centre, Caithness
  • 26th September - Duncan Chisholm Band @ Findhorn Bay Festival
  • 28th September - Nae Plans - Adam Sutherland & Hamish Napier duo - Resolis Memorial Hall, Black Isle
  • 29th September - Nae Plans - Adam Sutherland & Hamish Napier duo - National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music, Plockton High School. Workshops and Concert.
  • 27th October - Gary Innes @ Eden Court one touch
  • 2nd November - Hamish Napier 'The Railway' - Grantown East: Highland Heritage & Cultural Centre. Shows at 2pm ,4pm and 7pm
  • 3rd November - Hamish Napier 'The Railway'  - Boat of Garten Village Hall.
An inspiring album from renowned Gaelic singer Gillebrìde MacMillan showcasing his skills as a songsmith.

Gillebrìde is from the Milton in South Uist. He comes from a family with a strong Gaelic background. Gaelic is his first language and Gaelic songs and traditions were always an important part of family life.

Sleeve notes include song lyrics and translations along with an introduction to each song.

Freumhan Falaichte means Hidden Roots.

All the songs - words and melodies are composed by Gillebride.

Album cover and design by Somhairle MacDonald.

Gillebride is joined on this album by an eclectic group of top musicians.

Natalie Haas (cello), Donald Hay (percussion), Fraser Fifield (whistle, flute, kavel, saxophone), Euan MacPherson (guitar, mandolin, electric bass), Anna-Wendy Stevenson (fiddle, viola), Mhairi Hall (piano, harmonium).

Featuring vocals: Julie Fowlis, Rosa Cedron, Mary MacMillan, Adhamh O'Broin, Neil MacMillan, Eilidh MacMillan. Maite Gomez, Sandra MacKay.

"While warriors may rise and fall, the need of a good bard is with us still. And we are privileged indeed to have the music of Gillebride MacMillan - one of the modern world's great bards, whose music reminds us so brilliantly of the world around us and the world within. Like the bards of old his songs speak of the important issues of our day. These original songs- and they are songs in the age old Gaelic traditions where the words and melody are completely entwined and composed as one - span the breadth of human experience dealing as they do with love, loss, pain, politics and passion." Diana Galbaldon, author of the Outlander book series.
Accordion whizz Brandon McPhee dedicates this album to the late great Sir Jimmy Shand.

The Brandon McPhee band play a selection of tunes synonymous with Sir Jimmy Shand, a trip down memory lane remembering this remarkable man.

Includes sleeve notes with a potted history on the late Sir Jimmy Shand along with information on Brandon's musical journey.

Brandon and the band have toured all over the UK and Ireland and are currently touring with a tribute theatre show called 'The Jimmy Shand Story'.

Brandon has achieved phenomenal success both as a Champion Accordionist and Country Vocalist. He has a large and growing international following.

Brandon McPhee (Hohner Shand Morino accordion, vocals, acoustic guitar), Alastair MacDonald (second accordion, harmony accordion), Manson Grant (piano, bass, harmony vocals), Phil Anderson (acoustic guitar, harmony vocals track 6), Robert Cameron (drums).

"It's almost 12 years since I picked up my accordion, Jimmy Shand has been one of the biggest influences in my life... We are currently touring a tribute theatre show "The Jimmy Shand Story" celebrating his life and music, we've been working on this for a number of years with the permission of Jimmy Shand Jnr. The content of this CD is all the music from the show. I dedicate this recording to the memory of my hero Sir Jimmy Shand MBE MA (1908-2000)." Brandon McPhee.
All the major composers are represented - the Gows, Marshall, Fraser and Skinner - and all the melodies are fully bowed for the instrument.
Hands up for Trad News

BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award Semi-finals – Saturday 13th October, Coulter Hall, South Lanarkshire at 7.30pm.

This is always a fabulous concert featuring some of Scotland's great young musicians who are all competing to win the prestigious title of BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award Winner 2019.

The semi-finalists are:

Anna Garvin, piano
Benedict Morris, fiddle
Cameron Ross, fiddle
Catherine Tinney, singer
James Harper, pipes
Katie MacFarlane, singer
Kyle Rowan, accordion
Luc McNally, guitar
Martin Skene, accordion
Ross Miller, piper
Sarah Markey, flute
Scott Garden, pipes

A stunning debut album from acclaimed singer/ songwriters Brian O hEadhra and Fiona Mackenzie.

This duo draw upon their traditional Gaelic roots as well as from other musical genres including Nordic, Eastern European, Americana, indie and electronica.

TIR is a recording of songs from the Highlands dealing with both traditional and contemporary subject matter which is still relevant to life in the Highlands today.

With layered harmonies, innovative interpretation of ancient Gaelic texts and songs as well newly written material, together this dynamic duo make music which appeals to audiences seeking quality and authenticity.

Over the past 25 years the Scottish Highland based duo have played around the world as solo performers and with various bands including Anam, Seelyhoo, Mackenzie, Cruinn, McKerron / Brechin / O hEadhra. They have recorded on over 30 albums between them on labels such as Linn Records, JVC Victor, Greentrax, Brechin All Records, Macmeanmna, and their own label, Anam Communications.

There are twelve songs on the album and it is co-produced by acclaimed producer/musician/composer, Mike Vass.

The illustration elements of the project were drawn by the talented Highland artist - Rachel Cush of Crafty Marten Art and the inlay was designed by Anna Rothach of Graficanna. They have used the music to inspire their work and have created a contemporary vision for each song and the project as a whole.

Brian O hEadhra (vocals, 12 string guitar, accoustic guitar), Fiona MacKenzie (vocals), Mike Vass (sound design, tenor guitar, fiddle, percussion), Keith Morrison (keyboard, double bass, percussion), Innes White (acoustic guitar, mandolin), Anna Murray (backing vocals), Orla And Roise Ni Eadhra (backing vocals).

"We have been researching and thinking about this project for a number of years and are very excited to be able to finally bring it to fruition. The Highlands and islands are a huge inspiration to us and we are delighted to be working with other artists from this beautiful and culturally rich area of Scotland." Fiona Mackenzie.

"The work will has rich layered vocals and interesting sounds and arrangements which reflects the subject matter and sense of living in the Highlands today. Most of the work is in Gaelic but we also sing in English and even Latin. We want to present the region as an amazing place to live but not shy away from difficult social, environmental and political issues." Brian O hEadhra.
 Jura Music Festival

21st - 23rd September 2018

In its 25th year, The Isle of Jura Musical Festival is a well-established favourite for lovers of the traditional music scene.

From the locals Friday night ceilidh right through to the Sunday night concert in the distillery co-operage, enjoy a weekend packed with fantastic performances, stimulating workshops, spontaneous sessions and great craic.

Line-up includes: Fred Morrison, Blazin' Fiddles, Skipinnish Beinn Lee, Rhuvaal Pete Smoke and the Roches.

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