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Donald Black: Keil Road

Keil Road

Haunting traditional music on the mouthorgan, played by the maestro himself, Donald Black

Description

'Keil Road’ is the most recent release by ace Celtic Harmonica player Donald Black, previously featured on the Macmeanmna album ‘Close to Home’ (SKYECD15) with Runrig’s Malcolm Jones.

For quite some time now he has wanted to create an album such as this. He has been asked on many occasions to record some of these wonderful, slower reflective melodies, and has put together a beautiful album in ‘Keil Road’ on which is joined by many fine musicians including Allan Henderson, Aly Bain, Donald Shaw, Duncan Chisholm, Iain MacDonald, Maggie MacInnes, Donnie MacKenzie, Alex Dalglish and Neil Johnstone.

Biography

Although the humble “moothie” is the world’s biggest selling musical instrument, it has seldom hitherto been seriously regarded in the world of traditional music – and certainly never in the music of the Celtic regions of our native Scotland; that is until Donald Black arrived on the scene!

With his own unique style, Donald has almost single-handedly been responsible for the promotion of the mouthorgan (particularly the tremolo model) as a serious musical instrument, capable of accommodating all the challenges of fast intricate pieces but also of evocatively producing all that is required in the slower more reflective works.

Donald Black’s performances have delighted audiences from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, UK-wide, through Europe - and from Moscow to Kansas City. He has enjoyed extensive radio play both in Scotland and abroad and has made several TV appearances in Scotland as well as Russia, Lithuania and Germany.

He is very proud to have been the only Scot so far to have been invited to perform alongside many of the world’s top harmonica players in 2005 at SPAH (Society for the Advancement and Preservation of the Harmonica) in Kansas City, USA, and last year he received a very warm welcome in Bristol, England where he performed to an audience of the British National Harmonica League.

Donald Black: Keil Road

Keil Road

’S ann air sgàth Dhòmhnaill agus an stoidhle shònraichte aige a tha an harmonica air ainm a chosnadh mar ionnstramaid a tha airidh air èisteachd ris

Description

Ged a tha am “moothie” air fear de na h-ionnstramaidean as cumanta anns an t-saoghal, cha robh e air a chluinntinn gu tric ann an ceòl traidiseanta na h-Alba – agus gu h-àraid ceòl na Gàidhealtachd – gus an do nochd Dòmhnall Black!

’S ann air sgàth Dhòmhnaill agus an stoidhle shònraichte aige a tha an harmonica (agus gu h-àraid an seòrsa air a bheil “tremolo”) air ainm a chosnadh mar ionnstramaid a tha airidh air èisteachd ris. ’S urrainn dha ceòl luath, toinnte a chluich, ach – leis na sgilean air leth aige – thig aige air na faireachdainnean ann an ceòl nas socaire a chur an cèill cuideachd.

Tha Dòmhnall air a bhith a’ toirt toileachadh do luchd-èisteachd ann an Alba, ann am Breatainn, tron Roinn Eòrpa agus bho Moscow gu Kansas City.

Tha Dòmhnall gu math moiteil às gur e esan an t-aon Albannach a tha air cluiche còmhla ri sàr-chluicheadairean harmonica ann an 2005 aig SPAH (Society for the Advancement and Preservation of the Harmonica) ann an Kansas City, Ameireagaidh, agus an-uiridh chluich e airson am British National Harmonica League ann am Bristol.

Biography

Ged a tha am “moothie” air fear de na h-ionnstramaidean as cumanta anns an t-saoghal, cha robh e air a chluinntinn gu tric ann an ceòl traidiseanta na h-Alba – agus gu h-àraid ceòl na Gàidhealtachd – gus an do nochd Dòmhnall Black!

’S ann air sgàth Dhòmhnaill agus an stoidhle shònraichte aige a tha an harmonica (agus gu h-àraid an seòrsa air a bheil “tremolo”) air ainm a chosnadh mar ionnstramaid a tha airidh air èisteachd ris. ’S urrainn dha ceòl luath, toinnte a chluich, ach – leis na sgilean air leth aige – thig aige air na faireachdainnean ann an ceòl nas socaire a chur an cèill cuideachd.

Tha Dòmhnall air a bhith a’ toirt toileachadh do luchd-èisteachd ann an Alba, ann am Breatainn, tron Roinn Eòrpa agus bho Moscow gu Kansas City.

Tha Dòmhnall gu math moiteil às gur e esan an t-aon Albannach a tha air cluiche còmhla ri sàr-chluicheadairean harmonica ann an 2005 aig SPAH (Society for the Advancement and Preservation of the Harmonica) ann an Kansas City, Ameireagaidh, agus an-uiridh chluich e airson am British National Harmonica League ann am Bristol.

Track Listing

  1. Don Chuthaig[3.22]
  2. Helen Scott of Humbie [4.21]
  3. Keil Road[4.43]
  4. Pìbroch on the Mouthorgan[4.47]
  5. To Two Highland Ladies[4.20]
  6. Waltz Quadrille[3.30]
  7. Iain Ghlinn Cuaich[3.07]
  8. Gruagach Òg an Fhuilt Bhàin[2.58]
  9. Gleann Bhaile Chaoil [4.17]
  10. The Dark Island[2.53]
  11. Furan[3.29]