June 24, 2007
Albannach is an exciting Scottish tribal drumming band. A Blend of energetic and rhythmic drumming, enchancing vocals and some of the most amazing piping you'll ever hear - Albannach are one of the most unique acts you will ever encounter.
Albannach is Scots-Gaelic for "Scottish" or "Scotsman". And that's exactly what they are! Albannach are all born and bred in Scotland and their purpose in life is to share their intriguing culture, history and heritage by means of their music. They are just not another Scottish "Pipes & Drums" band, their music goes beyond the traditional and into the tribal dance of the Pictish Scottish culture, echoing the ancient past of Scotia.
The band is made up of 6 unique individuals who all bring together a wealth of musical talent:
Jamesie is the bass drummer with the band is also responsible for some of the bands vocal works. Kyle is a former Highland Dancer (until age 14) and drummer for the Vale of Atholl - he is the lead drummer for Albannach. Donnie is a world-renowned bagpiper and is extremely talented on other instruments including the drums, piano and guitar. Jacquie is the considered the mother of the group (she keeps the boys in line) and plays the bass rhythms and is known for her haunting vocal skills. Aya is the bands Bodhran player as well as Davey who composed the Rebel King for the group's latest album - Eye of the Storm.
Celtic Radio Comments:
For 2006, Albannach's debut album was chosen as the artist and album of the year by Celtic Radio. We are happy to report that their latest release for 2007 - Eye of the Storm - continues upon their great musical conquest with an incredible display of drums, bagpipes and vocals. If you like to dance to bagpipes and drums, then Albannach has redefined the genre with their unique musical talents. The music is just beautiful, exciting and heart pounding all at the same time!
Every track is crafted so carefully to support their purpose of sharing their culture, heritage and history of Scotland. From the beautiful vocals of Jacquie to the poetic and moving track, "The Uprising." Along with the added sound effects and phrases, there has certainly been alot of hard work put into this album and it shows.
Eye of the Storm exceeds our expectations in addition to being an all around excellent album. It really is an adventure into the realm of Scotland's culture and history. Ever moving and transforming from track to track, the album captures what it is to be Scottish - to be from Scotland - and to sing and play about Scotland's glorious past. This is why people love Celtic Music so much and fall in love with Scotland.
We can say that if you do not add this album to your Celtic Music collection, you will certainly be missing out on one of the best albums to be released this year. A well earned 5 Golden Celtic Radio stars for Eye of the Storm!