The Ultimate Guide To Scottish Folk ~ Various Artist

EUCD2606The Ultimate Guide To Scottish Folk
Various Artists
Arc Music



The Ultimate Guide To Scottish Folk, is a collection of folk music from the traditional through to contemporary interpretations. It is a celebration of Scottish music instrumentals, tales of sadness and joy, Gaelic and English whirling bagpipes, swirling jigs and so much more.   The geographic contours are explored with music from islands to the highlands, cities and the sea; showing the depth and passion that is modern day Scottish Folk music. Over two CDs, 36 tracks and a hosts of artists this provides over two and half hours of tradition to be explored.  Mary Kennedy wrote “How to define a nation’s music and roots in two silver discs? The only comfort in making the impossible choices is that each time the attempt is made, a different set of musical gems present themselves from the Scottish cultural riches.

The contrasts are immense the gentle lilting vocals of Capercaillie, Seinneam Cliù nam Fear Ùr, the first band to chart with a Gaelic language single contrasting with Dick Gaughan’s guitar and vocals full of anger with modern political twists as he sings No Gods & Precious Few Heroes up to date talking to people of today. It is impossible to pick out a few or write about all the tracks specially chosen telling a narrative of a nation that stands proud with its musical tapestry of a heritage that has spread throughout the world reflected in the roots music of many a nation.

Karine Polwart’s ‘unabashed rhyming of gigantic and Atlantic’ with her engaging self-penned I’m Gonna Do It All is folk that captivates and the Proud to Play A Pipe by Braebach one of the many instrumentals where the instrumental paints a landscape shaped by the music.  The music plays on shaping or reflecting your mood as you dance, weep and laugh this is folk to be heard on a grey misty day, in the bright summer sunshine on holidays so dancing can commence and when anyone dreams of home this will make home that little bit closer.

The double-album collection is an epic undertaking and has managed to capture the shape of Scottish Folk music that is played across Scotland now.


Bluesdoodles gives this CD EIGHT pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing CD 1

Lau:Intro to Hinba

  1. Capercaillie:Seinneam Cliù nam Fear Ùr 
  2. Fred Morrison:Kansas City Hornpipe
  3. Dougie MacLean:Bonnie Bessie Logan
  4. Sir Jimmy Shand:The Bluebell Polka
  5. Ceòlbeg:Zito The Bubbleman
  6. Mischa MacPherson:Cha d’ Fhuair Min Cadal
  7. Mick West:Will ye go tae Flanders
  8. Ashley MacIsaac:Sleepy Maggie
  9. Heather Heywood:MacCrimmon’s Lament
  10. Michael Marra:Happed in Mist –
  11. Mackenzie:Fighe Le Feur –
  12. Angus & Kenneth MacKenzie:When Harry Met Shelly
  13. Archie Fisher:Reynardine –
  14. TheIron Horse: Helen of Kirkconnel
  15. Blazin’ Fiddles:The Cascade Set –
  16. Dick Gaughan:No Gods & Precious Few Heroes
  17. Red Hot Chilli Pipers:We Will Fix You
  18. Martyn Bennett:Nae Regrets



Track Listing CD 2

  1. Slàinte Mhath:Brucie & The Troopers
  2. Karine Polwart:I’m Gonna Do it All
  3. Alasdair Fraser & Paul Machlis:Nighean Donn a’ Chuailein Rìomhaich
  4. Isla St Clair:Scots Wha Hae
  5. Gordon Duncan:Just For Seumas
  6. Arthur Cormack and Blair Douglas:Solus M’ Àigh
  7. Skipinnish:Colla Mo Rùn
  8. Paul Mounsey:Passing Away
  9. Sheena Wellington:The Tryst
  10. Ossian:B’ E Sud An Gille Truagh
  11. Ishbel MacAskill:Thig an Smeòrach as t- Earrach
  12. Breabach:Proud to Play a Pipe
  13. Aly Bain:The Day Dawn
  14. Kenna Campbell:’S E An Tighearna Mo Bhuachaille (Psalm 23)
  15. Runrig:The Old Boys
  16. Archie McAllister:Salute to Frank Ferrell 
  17. Saor Patrol:Toom Tabard

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