KIRSTEN ALLSTAFF: Gallowglass

Kirsten Allstaff Gallowglass

          KIRSTEN ALLSTAFF Gallowglass Self www.kirstenallstaff.com   Flautist Kirsten Allstaff was raised in Scotland and now lives in Ireland, where she co-founded the Online Irish Academy of Music. She honors her pan-Celtic perspective with a new project appropriately titled Gallowglass – the name of Scottish mercenaries … → read more

VARIOUS ARTISTS: For Freedom Alone: The Wars of Independence

        Various Artists For Freedom Alone: The Wars of Independence Greentrax 1314 www.greentrax.com   June 23rd and 24th mark the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, a major victory in Scotland’s 1297-1328 struggle for independence from its neighbors to the south of the River Tweed. Commemorating … → read more

ALASDAIR FRASER and NATALIE HAAS: Abundance

          ALASDAIR FRASER and NATALIE HAAS Abundance Culburnie Records www.culburnie.com   Classic Scots fiddlers like Niel Gow saw little contradiction between playing for a fashionable drawing room audience by day and sawing out tunes for village peasants in the evening. After all, bowed instruments (including viola … → read more

CHEYENNE BROWN: Parallel Latitudes

Cheyenne Brown: Parallel Latitudes

          CHEYENNE BROWN Parallel Latitudes Bird Creek 001 www.cheyenneharp.com   Cheyenne Brown is Alaskan by birth but she has spent the last nine years in Scotland where she has studied the harp and won numerous awards. Parallel Latitudes is a cycle of tunes ranging from the … → read more

Who’s really guilty here? Or, if it’s not Scottish…

Here we have Ewan MacColl’s version of Child #73, from his Classic Scots Ballads.  Thanks, Pat, for mentioning it.  The song is sung in Scots, and there are a few passages which I have yet to understand clearly, but the gist of the narrative and its differences with “Fair Ellender” … → read more