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Alasdair MacCuish and the Black Rose Ceilidh Band: Stepping Out

Stepping Out

Fantastic Scottish dance music from a band steeping in musical Highland tradition

Description

"Scottish country-dance music tends to be something of a world unto itself within the wider folk scene - albeit a substantially populated one - but if any outfit is likely to challenge this ghettoisation then Alasdair MacCuish And The Black Rose Ceilidh Band must be major contenders. Such, in fact, is the explicit aim of Stepping Out, their fourth album. Young accordionist MacCuish mixes and matches a handful of tracks in contemporary folk rather than country-dance mode, while the brilliantly sophisticated diversity and precision-honed musicianship of the predominant dance floor arrangements resoundingly reinforce the point." Sue Wilson giving Stepping out a 5-star review.

Biography

Alasdair began the accordion at the age of 12 under the guidance of Graham Laurie. Tuition in the early days was mainly classical based, but with his roots lying in the Uists (his father from Balranald in North Uist, his grandfather a piper from Milton in South Uist and his mother's family were MacLellans and Gillies' from Mallaig and Morar), it was inevitable that the calling of traditional music would eventually take hold. The competition scene was a major part of his early playing career and he become Scottish accordion champion in 1997. 

Whilst he is a self confessed lover of traditional pipe and Gaelic music, he also thrives on the current folk scene and enjoys taking contemporary compositions and fitting them into the Scottish dance music idiom.

The band’s style is very much focused on the demands of the dancer but musically they draw on influences from the wider Scottish and Irish contemporary folk scenes.

Alasdair MacCuish and the Black Rose Ceilidh Band were named the ‘Best Scottish Dance Band’ at the Scots Trad Music Awards in Edinburgh in September 2003.

Alasdair MacCuish and the Black Rose Ceilidh Band: Stepping Out

Stepping Out

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Track Listing

  1. Jack Daniels, The Little Cascade , Dancing Feet , Allan MacDonald’s Reel [4.00]
  2. Si Mòrag a rinn a' bhanais, Gille crùbaich as a’ ghleann, 'S ann an Ile, O thèid mi fhìn, Si Mòrag a rinn a' bhanais[2.47]
  3. An Caiora ,Tè bhàn, tè bhàn, tè bhuidhe bhàn , Lag nan Cruachan ,Thug mi’n oidhche raoir san àirigh [4.19]
  4. The Panda, Clueless, Break your bass drone[5.53]
  5. The Argyllshire Gathering,The 74ths Farewell to Edinburgh [3.18]
  6. Cabarfeidh , Miss Delicia Chisholm[2.29]
  7. The Bag of Plums, Catriona Mackay o da Law Hill, Dundee, Jimmy Ward’s Jig ,The Roaring Barmaid[3.58]
  8. The Swan[5.30]
  9. Marjory Lowe ,Jock Skinner , Thomas Mackay,The Braes of Mealnais[3.18]
  10. The Henrywood Fall, The Heights of Cassino[2.35]
  11. Trip to Hervie’s, George and Eileen Hunter, Frank’s Reel [5.10]
  12. Tioram air tìr , Fàilte Rudha Bhàtairnis, A ribhinn oìg bheil cuimhn' agad? Mo mhàthair[4.37]
  13. Braes of Castle Grant, The Seagull, The Kildonan Jig[4.41]
  14. Wood's Lamentations, Ewan Forfar's Hornpipe[3.23]
  15. Iain MacFadyen's Welcome to Clickimin, The Famous Baravan, The Duck, Maggie's Pancakes[3.58]
  16. Mrs HL MacDonald of Dunach, John MacColl's welcome to Kilbowie Cottage[3.15]
  17. Tha Banshee, Siobhan O'Donnell, Laura Lynn Cunningham, Jenna Reid of Quarff[4.20]
  18. Miss Alex and Tracey Thompson[3.36]