Sound of Taransay
I have never met such a multitalented musician as Aaron. He is the backbone to this recording, playing bouzouki, guizouki and bass. It is no surprise that he is a past winner at the BBC Alba Trad Awards for Instrumentalist of the Year. He has also won group awards with the Old Blind Dogs at the BBC Trads. Good man Aaron!
Not only is Russell a wonderful pianist, he has a fabulous touch on the fiddle also. Between himself and Aaron they provide a rock solid backing to this recording. He's off doing theatre work now, with The Tales of Para Handy.
Dougie has achieved almost every honour the music industry can give and yet the awards keep coming in for him. Myself, Dougie, Roy Gullane and Hudson Swan made our first album together as the Tannahill Weavers in 1976. Ever since that bonding experience we have remained good friends and I am thrilled to have him on this recording.
I'm lucky to have got Gary on this CD, as he is one very busy man! Not only is he a top class accordion player, he is a top class sportsman as well. He plays Shinty for his club side and is captain of the Scottish national team. He also does Shinty commentary for the BBC. He plays with Mànran, the first Scottish band to reach the UK charts singing in Gaelic.
Ross is one of Scotland's most influential pipers - he plays with the spectacular Treacherous Orchestra, Salsa Celtica, Jarlath Henderson and is a regular with the Dougie MacLean Band. Ross who is a multi-instrumentalist is also a brilliant composer. Look out for his book Homemade Tunes. A great guy who is widely respected for his innovative piping.
I've known Fred since the '80s, when we were almost lucky enough to lure him into joining the Tannahills. He has been winning pipe competitions since a very young age and secured a record-breaking seventh victory at the prestigous Macallan Trophy competition at Brittany's Lorient Festival. Fred is known for his virtuoso performances and his acclaimed CD Outlands is a must for all.
I first played with Charlie at Dougie MacLean's "Rural Image" shows at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow and the Perth Concert Hall. The beautifuly rich tonal quality to his fiddle playing is instantly recognizable. He plays with Capercaillie and Session A9, the latter winning Live Act of the Year 2012 at the BBC Trad Awards.
My cousin Dougie! It only seems like yesterday since his mum was running him around in his pram. Now he is touring all over the world with the Red Hot Chilli Pipers. What a great pleasure to finally get a chance to work with him on this album.
Hugh "Shuggie" MacCallum
Shuggie plays drums with the well known Fergie MacDonald Band. He is a great character, as you would expect playing with Fergie. He has also played drums and all sorts of percussion on a number of Tannies albums.
John is a true veteran of the Scottish music scene. He was part of the folk revival in the '60s with Contraband. From there he turned away from the folk/rock style of the band when he and the Jackson brothers formed the traditional acoustic group Ossian in the '70s. In the '80s he was a member of Scottish Rhythm n' Swing band The Easy Club. In the '90s John accepted an offer to join the Tannahill Weavers where he won an Indie Award for the CD Capernaum and was inducted into the Hall of Fame along with his fellow band members.
Patsy has been so influential throughout the years in bringing the clarsach and harp to a whole new generation of players. Together with Mary MacMaster as Sileas, she has taken the Scottish harp to a worldwide audience. She is also a lovely singer in both Gaelic & English and can easily turn her hand to the fiddle. Patsy speaks German,French and Gaelic.
Kenny played pipes with the Vale of Atholl Pipe Band around the same time as Gordon Duncan, one-time piper with the Tannahills. When he left the Vale in the '90s he joined the Tannies, guested with Wolfstone on tour and was part of the Tannies that won an Indie Award for the album Capernaum. He still guests with the band on occasion.
Great musician! Plays guitar, fiddle, bouzouki, pipes, and anything else you care to mention. Stuart played with Ceolbeg and the Tannahills in the '80s and later with the band Small Talk and a later version of Ossian. You can hear the lovely feel to Stuart's fiddle playing on the track Sound of Taransay.
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