Albums/Reviews

Bho m’Chridhe (From my Heart) (2017)

Bho m’ Chridhe (From My Heart) showcases Donald’s unique skills with a well-chosen 16 track selection of instrumentals, incorporating original, traditional and established material from the wide Celtic music repertoire. This ranges from technically challenging Jigs, Strathspeys, Reels, Marches and Hornpipes, to west coast Waltzes and emotionally charged Slow Airs and Laments – all combining much required virtuosity with great feeling – his hallmark!

Co-produced with Ross Wilson, one of the crop of young up-and-coming Celtic musicians rapidly making a name for himself, the album features a stellar line-up of guest musicians, including: Malcolm Jones, multi-instrumentalist with legendary Scottish Celtic Rock Band Runrig; Nashville’s famous award-winning multi-instrumentalist Charlie McCoy (“the most recorded harmonica player in history”); Alec Dalglish (Skerryvore); Allan Henderson (ex-Blazin’ Fiddles); Donnie MacKenzie and Màrtainn Skene (from The Donald Black Band); Mario Collosimo (Cape Breton, Nova Scotia); Andrew MacPherson (Deoch An Dorus); Addie Harper Jnr.; Harvey Leckie; Colin Forgrieve; Jamie MacDonald; Neil McGillivray; George M MacLeod; Murdo “Wasp” MacDonald; Murdo John MacKenzie; Norman “Noddy” Graham; Lisa Moyes; Martin Pottinger and more – all adding great texture and feeling to this excellent, well chosen collection.

 

 


Dreams & Dances (2013)

This exciting Creative Scotland / Macmeanmna Recordings project, produced by Allan Henderson, is considerably varied, containing 16 tracks of Celtic moods and tempos, and, as the title implies, ranging from the slow, powerful, poignant pieces through to the 'up-tempo'.
The material is, typically, mostly Scottish / Highland / Gaelic in essence, ranging from the very traditional through to the newly penned. Two lovely Canadian slow airs are included plus a couple of tunes written by Donald himself.
Donald is joined by two very impressive young Highland musicians on most of the tracks:- Ross Wilson (Keyboard, Double Bass and Accordion) and Allan Nairn (Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Mandolin and Drums). Also guesting on the album are Allan Henderson (Fiddle), Harvey Leckie (Keyboard) and Trish Strain (Cello). [Macmeanmna SKYECD55]

 

 


Keil Road (2008)

This is a ground-breaking album of slow reflective melodies (apart from an 'old-timey- Canadian waltz and Donald's singing of a favourite gaelic song) mostly drawn from the West of Scotland gaelic tradition, played on harmonica.
The dramatic title track 'Keil Road' was composed by Donald himself and gets its name from a road in the lovely village of Benderloch, Argyll - a place very close to his heart.
In this venture Donald has also taken the daring and bold step of recording a Pibroch on the harmonica - never ever done before!! The album commences with a powerful and poignant version of that great gaelic classic Do'n Chuthaig (The Cuckoo) and ends with a masterly composition from Malcolm Jones - Fuaran (Cool Water Spring) - helping to give it a somewhat eclectic dimension.
On Keil Road (mostly played in 'first position' on 10 hole diatonic harmonica with 'doctored' reeds) Donald is joined by the following impressive array of guest artistes, each of whom contributes so hugely to a wonderful diversity of texture and sound: Aly Bain M.B.E., Duncan Chisholm, Alex Dalglish, Fraser Fifield, Allan Henderson, Neil Johnstone, Catriona Laird, Duncan Lyall, Iain MacDonald, Maggie MacInnes, Donnie MacKenzie, Donald Shaw. [Macmeanmna SKYECD44]

 

 


Close to Home (2000)

A collaboration with Runrig multi-instrumentalist Malcolm Jones. Scottish Celtic music drawn mostly from the West Coast pipe and Gaelic traditions, with a unique combination of instruments including various harmonicas, acoustic & electric stringed and free reed instruments. [Macmeanmna SKYECD15]

 

 


Westwinds (1995)

Donald's debut album - his guest musicians are Nan MacIver, Dougie Pincock, Malcolm Jones, Alistair McCulloch, Martin McHugh, Danny Moran and Murdo J. MacLeod. [Greentrax CDTRAX091]

 

 


Compilation albums with other artistes

  • 1996 The Music & Song of Greentrax (Greentrax Recordings)
  • 1998 Ecosse Scotland (Greentrax Recordings)
  • 1998 Heart of Scotland (Music Collection International Ltd)
  • 2000 Celtic Collections Vol 3 (Greentrax Recordings)
  • 2000 Tasci (Vertical Records)
  • 2002 Macnas (Macmeanmna Recordings)
  • 2002 Tonder Festival 2002 (Millstream Records)
  • 2002 Trouble over Bridged Waters (Skye & Kyle Against Tolls)
  • 2003 The Rough Guide to Scottish Music (Rough Guides)
  • 2003 Celtica (Italy)
  • 2004 Andar Per Musica (Frame events, Italy)
  • 2004 If not, why not (Birnam CD, Scotland)
  • 2005 West Coast Life - Skerryvore (Skipinnish Records)
  • 2015 Celtic Dreams - Charlie McCoy (Flying Harp Productions)