Album of The Week

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  This bold 15-track release from Ayrshire singer/songwriter and guitarist Davie Anderson is a vivid collection with influences as diverse as Burns, Holly and Big Country. Ballantrae Bound includes several offerings from the pen of Robert Burns, one from Ewan McColl, Jim McLean’s ‘Stirling Brig’ and many of Davie’s own compositions. Davie, who is from […]

Our first Album of the Week for 2024 is ‘Who Knows Where The Time Goes’ by Elspeth Cowie, a well-known a Scottish traditional singer who recently appeared at Celtic Connections as part of Scots Women – Generations o’ Change. Elspeth started singing as a child and won a prize for performing songs by Robert Burns. […]

  GRAMMY-award winner Alison Brown pushes the boundaries of acoustic instrumental music every time she picks up her banjo. On today’s roots music scene, Alison is hailed for her innovation, intelligence, grace and her ability to blend the rugged drive of bluegrass with the harmonic sensibilities of jazz. She has recorded 12 critically-acclaimed solo albums, […]

  Glasgow native Anton O’Donnell didn’t stray far from home when it came to finding a title for his cracking debut solo album. ‘Tomber Sur PRW’ is ‘Falling On PRW’ when translated into English and PRW is Paisley Road West, the name of the street where The Colts’ front man lives. The music he loves […]

Is everyone ready for The Unprepared, a new international and explosive trio offering Irish and Scottish traditional music? The band is well and truly organised with a debut release that amply reflects a repertoire that thrives on variations and improvisations while listening to each other and reacting to each other’s playing. They say this is […]

  Glasgow based Latin/flamenco quartet Solea number fiery guitar duo, David Sim and Gerry Magee, in their ranks. The line-up is completed by Jon Mulrine, renowned bass player and Colin Macgibbon, one of Scotland’s most in demand session drummers/percussionists. Their music pulls on many influences from rock to jazz via Latin and Flamenco and their […]

Hildaland – Orkney-born fiddler Louise Bichan and Indiana mandolinist Ethan Setiawan – offer a perfect meeting of different musical worlds. The duo, who reside in Maine in the USA, are steeped in the fiddle traditions of their respective sides of the Atlantic so old-time Scottish Swedish-inspired music intertwines in their contemporary compositions. With Bichan’s fiddle […]

  Martin Hayes is one of the world’s most celebrated fiddle players and an influential figure in Irish traditional music. On this superb album with the Common Ground Ensemble – dedicated to the memory of his mother, Peggy and his great friend Dennis Cahill – Hayes features traditional Irish music complemented by improvisation, arrangement, jazz, […]

  Blazin’ Fiddles celebrate 25 years and present their 10th album – XXV – recorded at Peter Gabriel’s legendary Real World Studios. They enjoyed the thrill of recording live, as a band in one room and the result is an album that embodies the freshness and spontaneity of a live performance. XXV draws together the […]

  Belfast-based Irish traditional band, Réalta release their third studio album, Thing of the Earth, this month. It features a wide variety of music from traditional instrumental dance tunes and classic piping melodies to newly composed songs. They’ve creatively taken their spirited core sound of wind, strings, reeds and drum and developed it, adding breadth […]

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