From: Macmeanmna News
Sent: 18 October 2009
Subject: New Eilidh Mackenzie album and
Highland Homecoming events
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fiosrachaidh ann air rud neo dhà a tha a' tachairt thall 'sa bhos leis na daoine
a tha air clàradh còmhla ri Macmeanmna, agus naidheachd mu dheidhinn clàran agus
làrach-lìn gu tur ùr.
Welcome to another Macmeanmna newsletter.
It’s been a while since we’ve been in touch but there’s been plenty
happening. As usual there is some information about about one or two other
things happening with the folk who have recorded with Macmeanmna, news of new
releases and a brand new website.
MACMEANMNA CDs ARE AVAILABLE IN THE
UK FROM THE FOLLOWING WHOLESALERS:
Macmeanmna | sales_at_gaelicmusic_dot_com | Phone 01478
612990 | Fax 01478 612990 (No requirement to open an account)
Duncan Distribution | gordon-duncan_at_sol_dot_co_dot_uk | Phone
01236 827550 | Fax 01236 827560
Highlander Music | info_at_highlandermusic_dot_com | Phone
01463 871422 | Fax 01463 871422
In this issue:
New website offering
all Macmeanmna releases as downloads
album by Eilidh Mackenzie – Bel Canto
Aifreann Ghàidhlig – The Gaelic Mass – by Blair Douglas – Oban 30
Homecoming – Inverness 21 October
ri Steall – various October dates
best music available and upcoming new
We have invested heavily in re-designing our website -
www.gaelicmusic.com - to enable us to sell our own albums more efficiently and
cost-effectively and to allow us, for the first time, to make our music
available via downloads.
Our download price is 79p per
track, and our album price just £9.99. There is even an option to
buy the download, allowing you to enjoy the music immediately, and also have a
physical CD sent for just £11.99 to anywhere in the world, with no
additional shipping charges! We’ve knocked £2 off our prices making our
music even better value in these tough economic times.
We look forward to
your continued support and will, through time, be populating our website with as
much of the Gaelic music that is currently available on the market, making it a
one-stop shop for all Gaelic music. More to come on
Available from 1 November as a physical CD but available
NOW to download track-by-track, or as a whole album, at
have pleasure in announcing the release of an album of new Gaelic
Catalogue number SKYECD52 Bar Code number
Bel canto, beautiful singing, is a term used to
describe, in particular, the preferred light, bright quality of Italian opera
singers, learned through the mysterious teaching practices of the sixteenth and
seventeenth centuries. Ann Patchett, award-winning American author,
used the term for her novel “Bel Canto”, published in 2001. Eilidh has
taken Patchett’s story, transferred it to Gaelic Scotland and composed 14
original tracks around the narrative themes of love, music, identity,
language and communication.
The song cycle follows
the tale of an opera diva and her audience members being taken hostage by a
group of native terrorists. As the songs and story progress, boundaries become
The album, recorded by Mark Freegard at 3kyoti studio
in Glasgow, boasts a stellar musician line up with Brian McAlpine as
pianist, the lynch-pin for the song cycle. Ged Grimes, ex Danny
Wilson and now Deacon Blue, provides bass while the string section of Gordon
Gunn on fiddle and Christine Hanson on cello complete the core band
Instrumental colour is added by Allan Macdonald on
moothie and Terry Small on guitar.
In addition to Eilidh
on vocals, guest singers allude to the characters who mingle in the story
and include Michael Marra, Elizabeth MacCormick, James Graham, Anna
Meldrum, Eilidh’s sisters Gillian and Fiona ‘Gress’
Mackenzie and Eddi Reader.
The album will be
officially launched at a special performance of the music at Eden Court
Theatre, Inverness on Wednesday 25 November _at_ 7.30pm
AN AIFREANN GHÀIDHLIG | THE GAELIC
Columba’s Cathedral, Oban
Friday 30 October 2009 _at_ 7.30pm – Tickets are FREE
and can be reserved by phoning 01478 613355. Donations welcome and tickets
will be available at the door on the night.
Aifreann Ghàidhlig - The Gaelic Mass - is a project which has interested and
fascinated Blair Douglas for some years but one which he has only recently felt
equipped, musically and spiritually, to undertake. His Mass is rooted in
the Celtic tradition but seeks to explore and develop differing musical themes.
It features a blend of traditional instruments - clàrsach, fiddle, flute,
and pipes along with string accompaniment, organ, and keyboards. Combining
both musical styles, a unique and original work has been created featuring
Gaelic singers Paul MacCallum and Maggie Macdonald with Inverness Gaelic
An Aifreann Ghàidhlig premiered at Blas 2009 to rave reviews and
standing ovations, and this is an opportunity to hear the piece outside the
Highland Council area for the first time.
OTHER HIGHLAND HOMECOMING EVENTS
FEATURING MACMEANMNA ARTISTS
Wednesday 21 October 2009 _at_
Natural Heritage and The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds are joining
together for a positive celebration of species re-introduction.
special evening, hosted by Scottish broadcaster and journalist, Lesley
Riddoch, will use video, still images, music and discussion to examine the
sometimes controversial Homecoming of some of Scotland’s best-known species
including beavers, corncrakes and sea eagles. The speakers will be John
Lister-Kaye on beavers, John Love talking about sea eagles and Dr Paul Walton
Alongside them will be Arthur Cormack and
Ingrid Henderson of Cliar who will provide some Gaelic song
accompaniment and Gaelic Poet, Angus Peter Campbell.
MARY ANN KENNEDY
& NA SEÒID
FINDLAY NAPIER & THE BAR ROOM MOUNTAINEERS
THE SORREN MACLEAN BAND
One of the Highlands’ best-loved recording studios, at
which several Macmeanmna CDs have been recorded, is celebrating the move to its
new purpose-built home with a very special series of events featuring some of
the musicians who’ve passed through the studio doors over the years. At
the invitation of the Highland Homecoming, Watercolour have put together a trail
of six gigs from Thurso to Ardgour with a grand finale at Eden Court Theatre in
Inverness on the 27th October, with all four bands taking to the stage.
Thursday 22 October – The Cèilidh Place, Ullapool 8pm
Mary Ann Kennedy & Findlay Napier in concert.
from The Cèilidh Place – 01854-612103.
Friday 23 October – The
Royal Hotel, Thurso 8pm
Mary Ann Kennedy & Na Seòid in concert. In
association with Mòd Ghallaibh 2010.
Ticket information from info_at_watercolourmusic_dot_co_dot_uk.
24 October – Village Hall, Lochcarron 8pm
Cèilidh Dance with Angus
‘Skipinnish’ MacPhail, Calum Ailig MacMillan, Tormod MacArtair & Friends.
Ticket information from info_at_watercolourmusic_dot_co_dot_uk.
24 October – The Lovat, Fort Augustus 8.30pm
Concert featuring solo sets
from John Goldie and James Graham.
Tickets available from The Lovat –
Sunday 25 October – Watercolour Music Studios,
House Concert with Findlay Napier & The Bar Room
Mountaineers and The Sorren MacLean Band.
Advance reservation of limited
places essential! Email: info_at_watercolourmusic_dot_co_dot_uk.
27 October – Eden Court Theatre, Inverness – 7.30pm
Mary Ann Kennedy
& Na Seòid, Findlay Napier & The Bar Room Mountaineers with
Goldie Band, The Sorren MacLean Band
Tickets available from Eden Court Box
Office – 01463-234234.
For more information, email info_at_watercolourmusic_dot_co_dot_uk or phone
THE BEST GAELIC and HIGHLAND MUSIC
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Bannal, Freeland Barbour, Donald Black & Malcolm Jones,
Kenna Campbell, Mairi Sìne Campbell, Ceòlraidh Ghàidhlig
Ghlachu, Cliar, Arthur Cormack, Jenna Cumming,
Dòchas, Blair Douglas, Jennifer Forrest & Her Band,
Alasdair Gillies, Allan Henderson, Mary Ann Kennedy,
Stuart Liddell, Rona Lightfoot, Ishbel MacAskill,
Alasdair MacCuish & The Black Rose Cèilidh Band, Bruce
MacGregor, Iain MacKay, Mackenzie, Maeve MacKinnon,
Donnie Murdo MacLeod, Gillebrìde Macmillan, Niall Matheson,
Patrick Molard, Charlotte Petersen, Mary Smith, Chaz
Stewart and Kenneth Thomson now, on-line, at http://www.gaelicmusic.com.
MORE ALBUMS TO COME ...
has still to complete his new solo CD, some day soon! Dr Angus
MacDonald has finished a new piping album for us, as has Iain
MacInnes, and we will be releasing a brand new album by legendary Gaelic
group Na h-Òganaich before Christmas. Watch this space for more
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