Cliar: Grinn Grinn
A superb third release by the celebrated group, Cliar
Cliar's long-awaited third CD is of the high standard expected of this band. Delightful and innovative but firmly rooted in Gaelic tradition.
It’s been a couple of years of change since the last album but the new line up has emerged stronger than ever, still capable of ‘bringing you heaven without the inconvenience, as it were, of going to the other side’ (Rob Adams, The Herald). Guitarist, Ross Martin, is now a firmly established member of the line up and newest recruit, Hector Henderson, brings a fresh new sound with pipes and whistle.
Cliar are very much at the heart of the Macmeanmna label, with two members of the band being Macmeanmna partners. The name of the band was taken from a Highland tour back in 1991 with four members of the original Cliar original line-up - Arthur Cormack, Mary Ann Kennedy, Blair Douglas and Chaz Stewart. The tour went under the name for the itinerant musicians and poets that used to travel from place to place offering entertainment in exchange for hospitality.
The four enjoyed the tour so much, it took them a mere seven years to get it together again, this time in the band set-up with Mary Ann's cousin - Maggie Macdonald - and fiddler Bruce MacGregor joining them. Blair was eventually replaced by the young, fiercesomely talented Ingrid Henderson on keyboard and clàrsach, but Chaz remained with the band until early 2002, and so features heavily in this debut release.
This album has been described as the "definitive sound of acoustic music in the Highlands".
Cliar: Grinn Grinn
An treas clàr a rinn Cliar agus is dòcha am fear as fheàrr a rinn iad
- ’S i nighean mo ghaoil, an nighean donn òg [3.55]
- Gaol nam fear dubh [3.02]
- Ho ro mo chuachag [2.52]
- Grinder, Amadan Gorach Saighdear, Tune from the Low Country, Brose and Butter [3.10]
- Ho mo nighean donn bhòidheach [2.45]
- Mo rùn air na maraichean [4.10]
- Fhuair mi nead na gurra-guig, Seonaid NicGumaraid, Pog o leannan an fhidleir, Minor reel, Periwig, Air an fheill, Cota Mor Ealasdaid [4.29]
- Iain Ghlinn Cuaich [5.00]
- Mhic Iain ’ic Sheumais [5.25]
- A nighneag a ghraidh [4.14]
- Puirt a beul [3.50]
- An gille mear/The King of Laois [5.31]
- Mrs Ramsay of Barton, Farewell to Ireland, Flogging Reel, High Road to Linton [4.13]