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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.
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TRACK LISTING – (SKYECD15)
|01 Don Chuthaig (3:22)||[add_to_cart id=”475″]|
|02 Helen Scott of Humble (4:21)||[add_to_cart id=”476″]|
|03 Keil Road (4:43)||[add_to_cart id=”477″]|
|04 Pibroch on the Mouthorgan (4:47)||[add_to_cart id=”478″]|
|05 To Two Highland Ladies (4:20)||[add_to_cart id=”479″]|
|06 Waltz Quadrille (3:30)||[add_to_cart id=”480″]|
|07 Iain Ghlinn Cuaich (3:07)||[add_to_cart id=”481″]|
|08 Gruagach Og an Fhuilt Bhain (2:58)||[add_to_cart id=”482″]|
|09 Gleann Bhaile Chaoil (4:17)||[add_to_cart id=”483″]|
|10 The Dark Island (2:53)||[add_to_cart id=”484″]|
|11 Fuaran (3:29)||[add_to_cart id=”485″]|
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 MBE (fiddle)
Duncan Chisholm (fiddle)
Alex Dalglish (acoustic & electric guitars)
Fraser Fifield (soprano sax)
Allan Henderson (keyboard, piano & fiddle)
Neil Johnstone (cello)
Catriona Laird (voice)
Duncan Lyall (double bass)
Iain MacDonald (flute)
Maggie MacInnes (clarsach)
Donnie MacKenzie (acoustic guitar)
Donald Shaw (accordion)
“The album was very skilfully produced by Allan Henderson. Most recording was done at Park Lane Studios, Glasgow, with some additional work at Benbecula College Studio and Young Musicians Hebrides, Stornoway. Mixing and Mastering was by Iain Hutchison, Glow-worm Studios, Glasgow.