“Stunning…thoughtful, creative perfectionism.” – Bright Young Folk
“This album sparkles from start to finish.” – Folkwords
“Atmospheric and performed with panache.” – fRoots
- Ale is Dear
- Greim na Mara
- Jig/Slipjig/Reel (with Tomás Callister)
- The Fairest Rose
- A, eh?
- Gordon’s Mazurka
- Òran Arras
- The Witch Island Slipjigs
- Isolation Reels
The album features the following musicians:
Robbie Greig: Fiddle, Vocals, Tenor Guitar, Shruti Box
Jack Badcock: Guitar (2,3,8,9,10), Backing Vocals
Jack is highly in demand as a session musician and singer, and is a founding member of award-winning band Dallahan. He was also a finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2014 competition.
Jack McRobbie: Guitar (1,4,6,11)
Glasgow-based multi-instrumentalist Jack McRobbie is in high demand as a session musician, having played with the Friel Sisters.
Paddy Callaghan: Button-box
Paddy is the 2013 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, and is often also touring with Dallahan. He has also been nominated for two MG Alba Trad Awards (for his radio programme ‘Trad with Pad’ and with Dallahan) and won countless titles at Regional, Provincial and World levels through Comhaltas Fleadhanna Cheoil. www.paddycallaghan.com
Lea MacLeod: Flutes, Whistles, Highland Pipes
Lea MacLeod is one of the up and coming young musicians in the Highland scene. Hailing from Loch Aillse (Lochalsh area) and having family connections to the legendary Gaelic aural poet Murdani ‘Mast’ from Leòdhas (the Isle of Lewis), music is very much in the blood. Lea studied music in Benbecula College which had a huge impact on his music strengthening his ‘Gaelic style’. He plays whistle, pipes and flute to an exceptionally high level and is currently undertaking a BA in Applied Music while continuing to teach and perform in Scotland and abroad.
Ciarán Ryan: Banjo
From Brechin, Ciarán is a young virtuoso on various string instruments. In 2006 he won the title of All Britain Banjo Champion for his age group, and he is also a founding member of the aforementioned Dallahan.
Eamonn Nugent: Bodhrán
Eamonn, from Bellshill, is in considerable demand as a session musician. He competed (and came second) in an All-Ireland championship in 2010, but more recently he’s been gigging with Paddy Callaghan amongst many others, and has recorded on the ‘Storymap’ album with Kris Drever and Éamonn Coyne.
Jenny Hill: Double-Bass
Initially classically trained, Jenny studied music at Cambridge University and later at a conservatoire in France, and has worked in French, English and Scottish traditional music, most recently with Eliza Carthy, Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson (England) and Daimh (Scotland). Jen is also leading a project called ‘Songs of Separation’ which brings together ten incredible female folk artists from Scotland and England. www.jenhillbass.co.uk
Tomás Callister: Fiddle (4)
A familiar face on the Manx music scene, Tomas Callister has established himself as one of the leading Manx musicians, despite only being in his early twenties. Not only satisfied with being an outstanding fiddle player, Tom also plays guitar, banjo and pretty much any other instrument thrown his way! Tom is well known throughout the island as a passionate supporter of Manx music as a soloist and as a member of Manx powerhouse Barrule, trad pop band Mec Lir and Imar.
Murray Willis: Accordion, Piano (3)
Murray grew up on the island of Lismore, and is known for his impeccable sense of rhythm. He is a Gaelic speaker, and is learning French and the Saxophone. He has toured extensively across the world, including Austria, France and Iraq. He released a solo EP last year (featuring Robbie), that you can hear here.
Adam Rhodes: Bouzouki
A talented multi-instrumentalist, Adam Rhodes was originally born in England before moving to the Isle of Man at the tender age of 8. Ever since, Adam has been heavily involved in the Manx music scene. He is well-known through his involvement with Barrule and King Chiaullee, with whom he has recorded five albums and represented the Island at festivals all over the world including Brittany, Ireland, Scotland, Cornwall, Australia, Wales, USA and Canada. He also plays with Mec Lir and Imar.
Joseph Peach: Fender Rhodes
From Achiltibuie in the North-West Highlands, Joseph Peach started his musical life as a Highland piper and accordionist. Over recent years, keyed instruments have taken over, his focus now divided between the piano, Fender Rhodes, accordion and harmonium. His main projects include the band Tannara, with whom he plays the piano accordion, as well as a number of other musical and writing-based projects: www.joseph-peach.com
Andrew Waite: Piano (8)
Andrew is a prodigious young musician, is heavily in demand as a session player, and has toured across the world, most notably with The Eliza Carthy Band, Dallahan and the Claire Hastings Band. He was also nominated for the ‘Up and Coming’ Award at the MG Trad Awards in 2015.