Isla Ratcliff - The Castalia

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13 Tracks: The Three Mile Bridge * Only In Cape Breton * Lively Steps * Tune For Annabelle * Memories Of Cape Breton * The Blue Mist * Kilts On Fire * Thinking On My Feet * Dusky Meadow * Canadian Cousins * Carol And Mario * Lament For Owen Christy * Isla Be Home For Christmas.

A debut album from Scottish fiddle player, singer and composer, Isla Ratcliff.

The Castalia features traditional and self-composed tunes inspired by Isla's time in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

Isla Ratcliff (fiddle, (tracks 1-7 and 9-13), piano track 10), Ellen Gira (cello) (tracks 1-5, 9, 10, 12, 13),
Annabelle Bugay stepdance (tracks 3, 4, 8, 11), Adam Young (piano (tracks 3, 5, 6, 13)

"This album is an expression of what I collected during my time in Canada: new repertoire, inspiration for new compositions, deep friendships, a fresh approach to interpreting tunes, realisations about myself as a musician and an appreciation for kindness and community." Isla Ratcliff.

"A refreshingly lively new take on trad. from Isla Ratcliff. Cape Breton influences abound and reinvigorate" Seuras Og, At The Barrier.

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