1. The Black Bear
2. Scarce O’Tatties/Wing Commander Donald Mackenzi/MacArthur road
3. Milltimber Jig/Tam Lin/Frank’s Reel
4. Rory MacLeod/Cleveland Park/Wee Cooper O’Fife
5. Cathkin Braes/Farewell to Irn Bru
6. Cabin in the Clouds
7. Pamela Roase Grant/Calum’s Road/Inspector Donald Campbell of Ness
8. Paddy’s Leather Breeches/The Drunken Piper
9. The Laird O’Cockpen
10. Sally’s Reel/The Reconciliation/Paddy’s Trip to Scotland
11. Saw Jig/Miss (Dr) Grant’s Reel/Bonnie Dundee
12. Peat Fire Flame/ The Duke of Fife’s Welcome to Deeside/Laird of Drumblair/Miller’s Reel
Review by Graham Blackley
What music can lift the sagging spirits on a desultory Sunday morning and dispel the thickening fog induced by a whisky-soaked Saturday evening? How about something lively, energetic and toe-tapping? Fortunately, Iain McKenzie and Emma Nixon’s CD The Black Bear was on hand to brighten the morning and re-energise those of us fighting a valiant battle against the encroachment of self-inflicted weariness. This enjoyable collection of instrumental tunes features an up-tempo regimental march (“The Black Bear”), catchy jigs (“Saw Jig” and “Wee Cooper O’ Fife”) and “Crackin’ Reels” (“Sally’s Reel”). For those of us with a Scottish heritage, much fun and nods of recognition are likely to ensue during the evocatively titled “Scarce O’ Tatties” and “Farewell to Irn Bru”. In fact, a glass or two of Irn Bru (Scotland’s finest and most legendary soft drink) would have been a rather wonderful and fitting accompaniment to this enlivening listening experience.
This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 25 September, 2016.