Trail West - From The Sea To The City

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(July 2018)

13 Tracks: Bernie's Second Debut * MacAlpine's Fusiliers * Take Her In Your Arms * Mo Gruagach Dhonn * Box And Whistle * Belfast Mountains * Cast My Wish Upon The Sea * Take Me Home * Mark K's Waltz * The Mermaid * The Tayvallich Turkey * Oran an T-Saighdeir * Mo Dhuthaich.

A third album from Trail West, a band leading the thriving scene of Gaels in the city of Glasgow.

'From the Sea to the City' refers to the journey that many Gaels have to take at some point in their life, moving from their homes by the sea to the city, to pursue further educational and working opportunities.

The album is a broad mix from various genres, representing the numerous influences that Trail West have had from both their rural and city upbringings.

The four-piece line-up have become a six-piece band with the addition of Jonathan Gillespie from Glasgow on keyboard and vocals along with Allan J Nairn from Ardnamurchan on electric guitar.

The album follows on from their last release, which highlighted a key development in the band's outlook, with a wide selection of songs becoming an integral part of the band's repertoire alongside the recognisable accordion and whistle combination of Seonaidh MacIntyre and Ian Smith.

Now with the added talent of Jonathan Gillespie leading three of the songs alongside Seonaidh MacIntyre’s familiar vocals in both English and Gaelic, this album delivers a polished quality to the band’s sound yet with total appreciation for the tradition they are inspired from.

Trail West: Ian Smith (accordion, vocals), Seonaidh MacIntyre (whistles, acoustic guitar, highland bagpipes, vocals), Andrew Findlater (drums, percussion, vocals), Alain Campbell (acoustic guitar, whistles, vocals), Jonathan Gillespie (keyboard, bass guitar, vocals), Allan J Nairn (electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bodhran).

"Trail West's third album, From The Sea To The City finds the band contemplating the often necessary transition for islanders (Hebrideans, in this case) to big centres like Glasgow. What could have been a cue for an album of wistful nostalgia is neatly sidestepped by a band that simply does not do maudlin. With roots firmly established in ceilidh, this band does boundless energy and big sounds. Their music contains a rich heart of danceability – toes gotta tap, after all... There are many musical moods and styles evoked across the album, showing the evolution of the band's musical palette. Instrument prominence is smoothly and swiftly switched, giving plenty of flexibility within a cohesive whole. Expanding the band line-up has also added extra vigour and potential to their sound." Su O’Brien,

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