Sgoil Chiuil Na Gaidhealtachd – Plockdown

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14 Tracks: In Praise Of Plockton * A Man's A Man For A' That * Gran's Mare * The King's Shilling * Eleanor Of Usan * Michael, Peter and Laura * Leaving Beoga * Jud's Striking Tango * Caty And Derek's * Full Moon Down Under * Cashback For Farquhar * John Keith's Wedding * The Famous Last Tango In Pitlochry * Alick's Joy.

The 20th annual CD of the students of the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music contains a mix of traditional and contemporary material chosen and arranged often composed by the students themselves.

The talented students featured on this album are:
Caetano Hayes Pelletti (guitar, bouzouki, mandolin), Niamh Maclennan (cello, vocals), Zoe Wilkie (accordion), Eilidh Lamb (clarsach, vocals), Robin Lowthian (accordion), Calum MacAskill (drums, highland pipes, vocals), Anna Magee (piano, accordion, vocals), Cara Slaughter (piano), Abbie Smith (vocals, fiddle), Campbell Stewart (highland pipes, border pipes, whistle), Kevin Beaton (highland pipes), Calum MacKinnon (drums, percussion), Callum Barton (highland pipes, Scottish small pipes, whistle), Jorja Campbell (piano, vocals), Kieran McCormick (accordion), Effie MacLean (piano, whistle, vocals), Arabella Rennie (fiddle), Zoe Robins (fiddle), Orin Simpson (flute, whistle).

Special guests on 'A Man's A Man': Seoras Chlad, Jamie Clarke, Eoin Cumming, Jocelyn Galbraith, Emily MacDonald, Kathleen MacDonald, Maili MacKenzie, Isy MacLean.

"The lead song on this album was performed at the last public performance we did before the first lockdown, on Monday 9th March 2020. Fittingly, it was the 9th National Showcase of Excellence, the latest in our series of collaborations with our colleagues in other Scottish Centres of Excellence in Music. It was an entirely uplifting experience and gave us all something to remember as live performance disappeared from our lives. As I write this, on May 2021, we have not performed live since then, and there is no immediate prospect of it. But we are already working on CD 21, and whatever it may look and sound like in the future, this music is not going away." Dougie Pincock, Director, Sgoil Chiuil Na Gaidhealtachd, May 2021.

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