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Freeland Barbour: A Winter's Journey

A Winter's Journey

A seasonal journey through northern lands

Description

This is an ambient collection of tunes composed by Barbour, exquisitely and consummately played on a Bosendorfer 275 Concert Grand piano. It's an immeasurably relaxing recording, a million miles away from the lively, rousing music of his band career.

Freeland's compositions are understated, lyrical and possess an innate strength, creating an almost new-age/folk feel. Pieces such as "Lagavulin" (written in celebration of an Islay whisky) feature lush, ambient and orchestral effects. Elsewhere, the compositions are inspired by an Icelandic river, a Faroese sea stack and the landscapes of Norway. All Hallows and Candlemas are celebrated with fine and stirring compositions.

The grand piano sounds absolutely beautiful and Freland clearly takes pleasure in performing his music on this magnificent instrument -- all the warmth and depth of tone is captured.

Winter's Journey isn't an album where you can single out particular compositions as highlights -- these 22 pieces move gracefully with a pleasing, unifying lyrical flow. This is exactly the sort of music to enjoy to when relaxing while concentrating on a hobby, or doing some research at home -- or when when doing nothing at all and simply want to focus your mind on music of immense beauty.

Biography

Freeland Barbour comes from Glen Fincastle near Pitlochry in Highland Perthshire, and has been a very well known figure in the Scottish music scene for many years. He joined folk group Silly Wizard in 1975, before moving on to form the highly influential Wallochmor Ceilidh Band, and more recently, the highly successful Occasionals. Freeland is also noted as a soloist, record producer, composer, and BBC Radio Scotland producer.

He has three previous solo recordings, and has appeared on many other group recordings.Not content with standard accordions, Freeland designed his own accordion, the Pigini Alba, which is used on all Occasionals recordings. He also teaches accordion at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

Freeland currently runs one of the UK's leading recording studios, Castlesound in East Lothian, at which this album was recorded.The album is a mix of traditional tunes - many of them Gaelic ‘favourites’ - and Freeland’s own compositions, played in a simple no-nonsense way, on solo accordion and piano.

Freeland Barbour: A Winter's Journey

A Winter's Journey

Description

Biography

Track Listing

  1. Winter morning [3.14]
  2. Daybreak; A candle end[2.45]
  3. Steel on ice [2.14]
  4. All Hallows; The hawthorn and the oak; First snows[4.24]
  5. Lagavulin[2.54]
  6. Lagarfljot; Towards a distant shore[2.22]
  7. The guiding light[2.32]
  8. Morning lullaby[1.55]
  9. The golden bough[1.03]
  10. Cave of ice[3.01]
  11. Nordland [1.42]
  12. High above the snowline[2.07]
  13. Cold east winds[1.07]
  14. Evening lullaby[2.34]
  15. Briksdalsbreen; The deep caverns[3.00]
  16. The moon’s rim[3.00]
  17. On Friendship’s shore[3.08]
  18. Shadow of the pines [2.13]
  19. Kellingir[3.18]
  20. In the lamplight[2.24]
  21. Candlemas[3.16]
  22. Edge of day[2.30]