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vorlich 
Posted: 25-Nov-2004, 12:53 PM
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Hi, having left Scotland many moons ago, I had lost touch with the music over there. I still loved what I remembered; that was the voice of Kenneth MacKellar, the band of Jimmy Shand, accordian playing of Arthur Spink etc etc. Although I have these kinds of cd's in my collection, I admit to being totally ignorant about the way that the music has evolved since. The eye-opener (ear-opener!) came when I went to an Old Blind Dogs concert here in my town. They blew me away! You are probably familiar with the group. I now have the cd, Old Blind Dogs- Fit? and it's just great. Love most tracks. Now track 5 is an instrumental called Country Girl. Just love the way they do this. It still identifies the traditional roots and yet has a modern twist to it, if you follow me. The question of this thread directed to folks who would help this auld Scot is which way do I turn to continue my music education? Are there other groups which use whistles, harmonica, pipes, fiddles equally effectively? I would appreciate your recommendations. Many thanks,- Vorlich
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Vorlich, I think I can help you. And of course the first group I'm going to mention is Hunting McLeod. They are amazing. So full of energy and life during their performances. They've taken wonderful Celtic tunes and turned them slightly modern, while still keeping the traditional about them. Their pipe player is... superb, one of the best I've ever heard and dear, kind man. You can learn more about them at http://www.huntingmcleod.com This is also where you can purchase their CD Battlefield

There is also Smithfield Fair, another group I've seen at Celtic Festivals. Another amazingly beautiful rendition of traditional Celtic music. You may find more information about them at http://www.smithfieldfair.com

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. happy.gif


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Posted: 25-Nov-2004, 03:26 PM
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Oh! I think this information could also help me out!!!


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Tune in and have a listen smile.gif There will be plenty of Scottish artists to crop up. Some that come to mind are Dougie MacLean, Steven McDonald, Capercaillie, Rise....


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Hi Urchingirl and Aaediwen, many thanks! I am going to follow up on your recommendations for sure. Just goes to show that the pipes have more versatility than many folks ever suspected! I like how in the Old Blind Dogs number (track #5)how with the fiddle and whistle the emotion seems to be increasing and just when you think it couldn't get any better, the pipes blast on to the scene and the excitement ratchets up still more! Fantastic! Thanks again, looking forward to hearing that great piper. - Vorlich
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