BBC Transatlantic Sessions (Series 4) DVD

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(November 2009) 6 programmes (3h 48mins)

The double DVD of the complete fourth television series of The Transatlantic Sessions, as recently screened on BBC TV. Folk musicians come together in what have been called 'the greatest backporch shows ever'.

Shetland fiddle virtuoso Aly Bain and dobro ace Jerry Douglas host a Highland gathering of the cream of Nashville, Irish and Scottish talent, filmed at the splendid old hunting lodge in Glenlyon in the Scottish Highlands - bags of atmosphere and a great acoustic.

Artists include James Taylor, Julie Fowlis, Dan 'Man of Constant Sorrow' Tyminski, Jerry Douglas, Aly Bain, Allan MacDonald, Martha Wainwright, Mairead ni Mhaonaigh, Karen Matheson, Donal Lunny, Rosanne Cash, Emily Smith, Mike McGoldrick, Dezi Donnelly, Alison Moorer, Karen Casey, Liam O'Maonlai, Stuart Duncan and Ronan Browne.

DVD1: programmes 1-3 plus a 30min behind-the-scenes feature.

DVD2: programmes 4-6 plus four bonus tracks and Sessions4 Slideshow.
Audio options Stereo PCM & Dolby 2.0
Director Mike Alexander and producer Douglas Eadie - a Pelicula Films production for BBC Scotland, BBC Four and RTE.

Programme One: Fiddle Blast - The Teetotaller / Lorn MacDonald's Reel / High Road To Linton (Aly Bain, Stuart Duncan, Mairéad Ni Mhaonaigh & Jenna Reid) * Man Of Constant Sorrow (Dan Tyminski) * How She Does It (Allison Moorer with Stuart Duncan) * Glide (Jerry Douglas) * Ged A Sheòl Mi Air M' Aineol (Julie Fowlis) * Millworker (James Taylor) * Jewels Of The Ocean (Allan MacDonald).

Programme Two: Bleeding All Over You (Martha Wainwright) * O'Farrell's Farewell To Limerick / Oot By The East Vong (Dónal Lunny & Aly Bain) * Lassie Wi' The Lint-White Locks (Karen Matheson) * Copperline (James Taylor) * Màili Dhonn (James Graham) * Flatwater Fran (Phil Cunningham) * Mo Níon Ó (Mairéad Ni Mhaonaigh).

Programme Three: The Boy Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn (Dan Tyminski) * The Silver Tassie (Emily Smith) * Paddy In The Smoke set (Michael McGoldrick & Dezi Donnelly) * Tower Song (Martha Wainwright) * Glenntáinn Ghlas' Ghaoth (Mairéad Ni Mhaonaigh) * Bethany's Waltz (Jenna Reid) * 500 Miles (Away From Home) (Rosanne Cash).

Programme Four: Mocking Bird (Allison Moorer) * Lee Highway Blues (Stuart Duncan) * Down In The Willow Garden (Dan Tyminski) * Black Is The Colour (Of My True Love's Hair) (Karan Casey) * Kid On The Mountain set (Aly Bain) * Worry Not (Liam Ó Maonlai) * Pandemonium Of Pipers set (Ronan Browne & Allan MacDonald).

Programme Five: Mary Rogers/ Siún Ní Dhuibir (Dónal Lunny & Mairéad Ni Mhaonaigh) * Secret Life Of Roses (Rosanne Cash) * Unionhouse Branch (Jerry Douglas with Stuart Duncan) * Caledonia (Emily Smith) * The King's Shilling (Karan Casey & James Taylor with Niall Vallely) * Carrickfergus (Allison Moorer).

Programme Six: Belfast To Boston (James Taylor) * O Nach Éisdeadh Tu 'n Sgeul Le Aire (Karen Matheson) * Lily Dale (Aly Bain, Stuart Duncan & Jerry Douglas) * Motherless Children (Rosanne Cash) * The Pleasant Beggar (Russ Barenberg) * Mo Ghruagach Dhonn (Julie Fowlis) * Work Song (Liam Ó Maonlai).

Bonus tracks: Erin's Lovely Home (Karan Casey) * Muireann's Jig (Niall Vallely, Michael McGoldrick & Dezi Donnelly) * Black, Black, Black (Ronan Browne) * Och Oin Mo Chailaeg (James Graham).

"Such an incredible array of talent in one place."

"Every now and again a programme appears on TV that makes you feel that life is great. Transatlantic Sessions is such a programme. It's music that touches your heart."

"It looks as good as it sounds, and it sounds fantastic!" (The Guardian)

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