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Featured Artist: James Duncan MacKenzie
A second solo album from Breabach piper and flautist James Duncan Mackenzie who hails from the Isle of Lewis.

The album consists entirely of self-penned melodies which showcases his superb skills as a composer and multi talented instrumentalist.

The album Sromos is named after an abandoned settlement on the banks of Loch Seaforth and one of many townships cleared in the 19th century to prioritise land for sheep farming and deer forests.

James, who is a member of award-winning folk group, Breabach, is a leading exponent of the highland bagpipe and wooden flute in Scotland and a tune writer, although his compositions are firmly rooted within the traditional idiom, they are equally at home in a more modern setting amongst electric instrumentation.

Mackenzie invited some of Scotland's finest traditional and jazz musicians to join him on this album and you can expect James' typical melodic flair and instrumental prowess coupled with groves and multi-layered textures.

James Duncan Mackenzie (highland bagpipes, border pipes, wooden flutes), John Lowrie (drums, percussion, piano, rhodes piano, harmonium), Allan Nairn (electric guitar, melodeon, banjo), Innes White (acoustic guitar, mandolin), James Lindsay (bass), Alasdair White (fiddle), Jack Smedley (fiddle).

"I'm delighted to be releasing my second solo album, Sromos, five years after my debut album. I've been writing tunes for this album over the last couple of years and have gained inspiration from the landscape and history of Sromos, a place that was once a small, but thriving community of people who worked and lived off the land. I worked closely alongside co-producer John Lowrie (Adam Holmes and Embers/Blue Rose Code) and together we've drawn on a wide range of influences and created a sound that I'm extremely proud of. It was a pleasure to be joined in the studio by some great friends and fantastic musicians who were invaluable in helping me bring my tunes to life." James Duncan Mackenzie.

This album showcases the music of University of the Highlands and Islands students and alumni.

‘The Musicians’ Nest’ (Nead nan Ceòladair) features tracks from artists who crafted their skills at the Benbecula campus of Lews Castle College UHI.

Many of the performers have made their names as award winning musicians performing on national and international stages including: James Duncan MacKenzie, Angus Nicolson Trio, Mairi Therese Gilfedder, Robbie Greig, Seonaidh MacIntyre with Trail West, Ali Turner with Tide Lines, Greg Barry and Euan Smillie with Elephant Sessions, Tom Callister and Greg Barry with Mec Lir.

Stòras Uibhist Sealladh na Beinne Mòire Community Fund supported the development of the CD as well as the production of short films showcasing Uist as an attractive place to live and study in.

"Having been brought up in Uist in a community steeped in Gaelic culture, it gives me great pleasure to see so many musicians having the opportunity to experience this wonderful place surrounded by beautiful landscape and inspiring educators at Lews Castle College in Benbecula." Award winning singer and multi-instrumentalist Julie Fowlis.
Undersong' is the latest album from Scottish folk trio Salt House.

Over a year ago there was a change in the line-up of Scottish band Salt House.

Singer songwriter Jenny Sturgeon joined Ewan MacPherson (Shooglenifty) and violist/fiddler Lauren MacColl (RANT) to complete the new lineup.

This excellent album is a collection of ten songs, many from their own writing, and some new settings of old words.

Quality storytelling and unique musical arrangements.

The album was recorded in the restored Telford Church, Ruisgarry, Berneray, Outer Hebrides by Andy Bell (Martin Simpson, Songs of Separation, Furrow Collective).

Digifile case with artwork featuring original painting by Ellis O'Connor.

Includes a 12 page booklet with lyrics.

Salt House are: Lauren MacColl (viola, fiddle, backing vocals, shruti box) Ewan MacPherson (6 and 12 string guitars, vocals, mandolin, jaw harp, kalimba), Jenny Sturgeon (vocals, harmonium, guitar).

"This music was captured over a week in a beautifully restored Telford church on the Hebridean Island of Berneray. An inspiring and special place" - Salt House.

Undersong - 'The ambient, murmuring sound of a landscape; a subtlety of sound which gives a location a sense of place.
'The accompanying strain of a song, its underlying meaning'
 view a video of Salt House - Undersong

Full coverage of the 68th Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo live from the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle.

The world's most spectacular military Tattoo will host a parade of talent from all around the world whilst celebrating 'Splash of Tartan'

Set against the stunning backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, the spine-tingling presentation includes Massed Bands of Her Majesty's Royal Marines, Tattoo Highland Dancers, crowd favourites the Massed Pipes and Drums plus many more.

Note: Blu-ray discs are in a high definition format and need to be played on a Blu-ray player.


The Greatest Show on earth commences 3rd August to 25th August and takes place against the breathtaking backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, showcasing music, dance and display from around the world.

The theme for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2018 is The Sky's the Limit in 2018

The military extravaganza will return for 24 performances during August with a 100-minute showcase of music, dance and technical wizardry, including some of the world's finest military bands and performers.

"Scotland's Year of Young People offers a fabulous opportunity to help inspire the up-and-coming generations to reach for the sky. This year too, we are delighted to support The Royal Air Force in celebrating their 100th anniversary and they will be the lead Service at the Tattoo. With these two ingredients, under our own theme of The Sky’s The Limit, we can explore gravity, the history of manned flight - even into space - and explore the power of human potential in the round."
Brigadier David Allfrey, Chief Executive and Producer of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

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