Na h-Oganaich - Gun Stad

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(December 2009) 15 tracks: Màl na Mara * Tha m’eudail Is m’ aighear ‘s mo ghràidh * Fear a’ Bhàta * Sabhal Iain ‘Ic Ùisdean * ‘S fhada leam an oidhche gheamhraidh * Òran Cladaich * Mhòrag, leat shiùbhlainn * Puirt a Beul * Cànan nan Gàidheal * Mi le m’ uilinn air mo ghlùin * Plòidh le Puirt * Eilean a’ Cheò * Aodann Strathbhàin * Ars an Gobha 'Fuiricheamaid' * Coisich, a rùin.

Margaret MacLeod, Donnie MacLeod and Noel Eadie - the influential 1970s Gaelic music trio, with re-recordings of their classic songs.

Following several one-off performances over the past few years, the demand for Na h-Òganaich on CD has grown. Rather than re-release their previous albums on CD, the band decided to team up with Simple Minds' Mick MacNeil to produce an album with new treatments of Na h-Òganaich classics.

Na h-Òganaich (Gaelic for 'the young ones', often translated as 'young blood') formed early in 1971, following a concert in Dunoon where Mòd Gold Medallist singer Margaret MacLeod first met guitarist Noel Eadie. Margaret casually mentioned that her brother Donnie was learning guitar, so a decision was made to form a trio to enter the Folk Group competition at the National Mòd.

A friend from the Isle of Lewis, Donnie MacLean, was working with the BBC and introduced them to recordings of the little-known Melbost Bard, Murdo Macfarlane. Recognising the originality and catchiness of Murdo's songs, the trio took two of them to the National Mòd in Stirling in October 1971, where they won the Folk group competition and created an immediate stir with their professional performance and novel songs.

The following year they performed another of Murdo's songs and won the New Song competition at the Pan-Celtic Festival in Killarney, Ireland, introducing themselves on to the international stage. This led to engagements throughout the Gaelic-speaking world, in England, Canada, Wales and Brittany.

The group recorded three albums for the Beltona Sword label, a branch of Decca Records - The Great Gaelic Sound of Na h-Òganaich (1972), Gael Force Three (1973) and Scot-Free (1975).

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