The Hebridean Sessions

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about

With this recording we wanted to gather together tunes that we have been playing since the early days of the band. The material here never made it onto previous albums because we couldn’t find a place for it, didn’t believe we were doing it justice or simply felt that the tunes were too commonly-played and overlooked them in favour of less well-known material.

With recent line-up changes we thought it would be a good time to go back to the beginning and document some of these classic session and dance tunes from our part of the world. The songs that Ellen brought to the band fit into this concept, and include a few ceilidh favourites, some old yet new to us. We’ve included many of the Gaelic names of the tunes here as they form an important connection between the past and the future of our music.

Our approach to the recording of this project was slightly different for us as well as being familiar territory. Instead of going to the studio we decided that these tunes should be played in the setting that we were most familiar with them ...live! We played and recorded three intimate acoustic gigs on three different Hebridean Islands over six days. Why? Because we’re into stuff like that!

credits

released November 9, 2015

Recorded at:
AN TOBAR | TOBERMORY | ISLE OF MULL
TARSKAVAIG HALL | SLEAT | ISLE OF SKYE
GROGARRY LODGE | ISLE OF SOUTH UIST

Additional Recording:
STIÙIDIO OSTAIG | SLEAT | ISLE OF SKYE

ENGINEERED BY HECTOR MACINNES
ADDITIONAL MIXING BY BARRY REID
MASTERED BY DENIS BLACKHAM @ SKYE MASTERING
DESIGN & LAYOUT BY BEN CORMACK | ISLE OF EIGG

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Gaelic Supergroup and un-challenged champions of straight in the eye Highland music based around West Lochaber and the Isle of Skye.

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