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Clan Alba


Country of origin:

Scotland

Type of music generally:

Traditional and contemporary folk

Status:

Only release as a group, Clan Alba (1995)

See also:

Dick Gaughan's website

Comparisons:

Dick Gaughan's solo work

Covers/own material:

Traditional and own

General comments:

This album is a kind of supergroup of Scottish contemporary/traditional musicians and singers with the best known (and guiding force of the gathering) being Dick Gaughan. Vocals trade off between the members. Their material ranges from traditional jigs and reels and songs to contemporary protest folk. The voices are strong, the songwriting is good. (Neile)

Recommended first album:

Clan Alba only album to date

Recordings:

Clan Alba (1995)

Clan Alba

Release info:

1995—Clan Alba Productions—CD1

Availability:

Rare and hard-to-find was only available by mail order in the U.K.

Ecto priority:

Recommended only for fans of contemporary and traditional folk

Group members:

Dick Gaughan—vocal, guitar
Mary MacMaster—vocal, electroharp, metal-strung clarsach, cowbell
Brian McNeill—vocal, fiddle, cittern, concertina
Fred Morrison—Highland bagpipes, whistle
Patsy Seddon—vocal, electroharp, fiddle, claves
Davy Steele—vocal, guitar, mandola, bouzouki, maracas
Mike Travis—vocal, drum kit, percussion
Dave Ulloch—vocal, timpani, tuned percussion, percussion, harmonica

Produced by:

Dick Gaughan

Comments:

I should have liked this more, but I guess it goes to show how particular my tastes are in traditional folk music. This album is a kind of supergroup of Scottish traditional musicians and singers, but basically I find it uninspiring. I wanted it badly when I heard of it and heard discussion of it on a couple of celtic folk lists, but I don't love it and rarely play it. I expected something more, though I'm not sure what that more is. (Neile)

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