39 tracks CD1: Scots Abroad (The McCalmans) * Muir And The Master Builder (Dick Gaughan) * Tha Mi Sgith ‘n Fhogar Seo (Margaret Stewart) * Dance Called America (Donnie Munro) * An Till Mise Chaoidh (Joan Mackenzie) * Elijah Craig (Robin Laing) * Land o’ The Leal (Jean Redpath) * The Ballad of New Scotland (Alan Mills) * The Maple Leaf (Alan Mills) * The Scarborough Settler’s Lament (Stan Rogers) * Oran a Mhetaghama (Margaret Stewart) * North-West Passage (The McCalmans) * Carry Me Across The Ocean (Mairi MacInnes) * A Glencoe Dance Set (Natalie MacMaster) * Bu Deonach Leam Tilleadh (Catherine-Ann MacPhee) * Strangers to The Pine (Donnie Munro) * Illean Bithibh Sunndach (Fiona J Mackenzie) * Na h’Eilthirich - The Emigrants (Allan MacDonald).
CD2: Ewen and The Gold (Brian McNeill) * Slan le Leodhas nam Beann Fuar (Murdo MacDonald) * My Last Farewell To Stirling (Bruce and Walker) * Cuma do na Fearaibh (Margaret Stewart) * Shelter (Coreen Scott) * Waljim Bat Matilda (Ali Mills) * Oran Cuantireach (Fiona J Mackenzie) * The Commonwealth Suite (Rua with Jimmy Young) * Indigo Blue (Robin Laing) * Purano Sei Diner Katha (Dr Mungalampalli Balamurali Krishna & Suchitra Mitra) * Auld Lang Syne (The Cast) * Mary Slessor (Alison McMorland and Kirsty Potts) * The Holland Trade (Brian McNeill) * General Tam Dalyell (Robin Laing) * Le Campagne di Braga (Hamish Moore and Choirs) * Ged Tha Mi Gun Chrodh Gun Aighean (Margaret Stewart) * Yo Me Voy/Maggie’s Pancakes (Salsa Celtica) * River of Steel (Siobhan Miller) * The Corby Song (George Archibald and Charlie Milne) * Connolly Was There (Dick Gaughan) * The Rovin’ Dies Hard (Brian McNeill).
CD review by Jim McCourt
In a beautifully rich, diverse and colourful counterpart to the Scottish diaspora tapestry, Greentrax has searched its catalogue to present a stirring array of Scots music.
Old and new, men and women, Gaelic and English, traditional and contemporary, solo, group and choir all find a place here.
The bulk of the tracks are of song, with a few instrumentals, ncluding a set by Natalie MacMaster.
Their moods swing from joy to sorrow, from anguish to triumph, wistfulness to exuberance.
There is room for a Kriol version of Waltzing Matilda, an Indian version of Auld Lang Syne, a Stan Rogers traditional song (Scarborough Settler’s Lament), tales about Corby and Canada and several lyrical biographies of historical characters.
Idiosyncrasies blend with song standards.
The McCalmans, Margaret Stewart, Brian McNeil, Dick Gaughan, Robin Laing and Donnie Munro are all included twice or more, as is Allan Mills.
A fascinating and comprehensive booklet accompanies the music, with delightful penportraits of the singers and the subject matter of the songs.
We learn about John Muir and Mary Slessor, General Tam Dalyell and the gold prospector from St Kilda, of emigration and enterprise, love and work.
Pictures of the parts of the diaspora tapestry bring additional colour.
No double CD can entirely capture a complete genre, but Greentrax manages as much as is possible.
The variety and depth of Scots creativity is on display and provides a multifaceted character portrait.
Informative and educational, but above all, an entrancing listen, The Scottish Diaspora will grace any CD collection.
This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 04 March, 2014.