The Tannahill Weavers - Alchemy

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(January 2001) 12 tracks: Coradavon Lodge / Thailer a Bha me Sherridh is Feader a Thuair me / The Fair Maid of Oban / Daldowny’s Reel / Miss Campbell of Glendarval's Reel * It Was All For Our Rightful King * Bob Thompson / One For the Road / MacDougall’s Jig / George Square * The Gallant Shearers * The Breton Connection * Over the Moor Amang the Heather * For Aye * An Fhideag Airgid / Johnstown Reel * Malley Leigh * Hebridean Dream * Helen of Kirkconnell / Les Wilson's Welcome to Lewis * Archibald Campbell of Kilberry / The Strathspey King / The Wagtail / Old Willie Duncan / Cuir Sa' Chiste Mhor Me.

Roy Gullane (vocals, guitar), John Martin (vocals, fiddle, viola, cello, cittern), Duncan J Nicholson (Highland bagpipes, Scottish smallpipes, uillean pipes, whistles), Phil Smillie (vocals, flute, whistles, bodhrán) and Les Wilson (vocals, bouzouki, guitar, keyboards) with Ged Grimes (bass, percussion).

Nearly three decades ago, The Tannahill Weavers introduced the world to the power and passion rooted in their native Scottish music. As legions of fans witness year after year, the band's potent mixture of traditional ballads and fiery instrumentals leaves their audiences spellbound - The Tannies have made numerous appearances on National Public Radio's A Prairie Home Companion. As the title suggests, Alchemy features some adventurous experiments: the band has set an 18th century Scottish poem to new music, and transformed an Asturian melody into a Scottish air with new lyrics. The band's signature combination of Highland bagpipes, guitar-driven rhythms, fiddle, flute and bouzouki has never sounded better!

"these guys are a bunch of heroes every time they go on tour!" (Garrison Keillor)

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