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Dr Angus MacDonald: Maidean Dubh' an Donais

Maidean Dubh' an Donais

A long-awaited second solo album by one of the world's best pipers.

Description

Dr Angus MacDonald’s musical influences were formed growing up in Glenuig in Moidart and from visits to his mother’s people in South Uist where the piping tradition was especially strong.

He has also been influenced by the music and Gaelic song he heard in Cape Breton in the years that he lived there. In the fiddle music, especially in the strathspey playing, Angus recognised the rhythms he was brought up listening to in the songs his father sang and in Gaelic music in general. The words of a song associated with a tune, provide a template which preserves the inherent rhythm and character of that tune over generations. Though a healthy culture will undergo changes, traditional music as played today in Scotland has been influenced by patronage by aristocracy and has been sanitised and made more genteel. The older Scottish and the Gaelic names have been replaced by labels such as “Lady so and so’s favourite”. This did not happen in Cape Breton or to “puirt a beul”, the Gaelic song, dance tunes in Scotland. It is from this platform that Dr Angus’s arrangements and expression of the music comes.

Dr Angus recorded A’ Sireadh Spòrs for Temple Records in 1990, an entirely solo piping recording. For this recording he has added accompaniment to some tracks. The repertoire is largely traditional with several entirely new compositions of his own and of his brothers, Allan and Iain.

Biography

Dr Angus MacDonald’s musical influences were formed growing up in Glenuig in Moidart and from visits to his mother’s people in South Uist where the piping tradition was especially strong.

He has also been influenced by the music and Gaelic song he heard in Cape Breton in the years that he lived there. In the fiddle music, especially in the strathspey playing, Angus recognised the rhythms he was brought up listening to in the songs his father sang and in Gaelic music in general. The words of a song associated with a tune, provide a template which preserves the inherent rhythm and character of that tune over generations. Though a healthy culture will undergo changes, traditional music as played today in Scotland has been influenced by patronage by aristocracy and has been sanitised and made more genteel. The older Scottish and the Gaelic names have been replaced by labels such as “Lady so and so’s favourite”. This did not happen in Cape Breton or to “puirt a beul”, the Gaelic song, dance tunes in Scotland. It is from this platform that Dr Angus’s arrangements and expression of the music comes.

Dr Angus recorded A’ Sireadh Spòrs for Temple Records in 1990, an entirely solo piping recording. For this recording he has added accompaniment to some tracks. The repertoire is largely traditional with several entirely new compositions of his own and of his brothers, Allan and Iain.

Dr Angus MacDonald: Maidean Dubh' an Donais

Maidean Dubh' an Donais

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Description

Biography

Track Listing

  1. Angus MacKinnon of Eigg; MacBeth’s Strathspey; Stornoway Castle [3:41]
  2. Dh’ith na Coin na Maragan; Reel of Tulloch; Muileann Dubh; Cailleach Liadh Ratharsair[3:13]
  3. The Air Tune; Fàg a’ Phìob Bhochd; The Hawk[4:57]
  4. Murachadh Thobha Churraig Dhuibh; Maighdeanan a’ Choire Dhuibh; Cur na Gobhair às a’ Chreig; Chuckie MacLellan’s Reel[3:07]
  5. Roderick MacDonald’s Strathspey; CBCs Glen and Carl; MacFarlane’s Rant; Ciaran Tourish [3:03]
  6. John MacFadyen of Melfort; Dora MacLeod; The Little Cascade[4:11]
  7. Con Cassidy’s; An Ath Bhanais; Jimmy Ward’s Jig; Nighean na Caillich[4:04]
  8. A Thearlaich Òig a’ Chuailein Chiataich; Fear a’ Choire; Mànus Mòr na Guaille; Fìre Faire ([3:27]
  9. Essan Cottage; The St Valery Pipes; Coinneach air an Stiùir[3:43]
  10. Highland Harry; Back of the Change House; Dan J Campbell’s Reel; Stumpie[3:14]
  11. Luinneag Mhic Leòid; Chloe’s Passion; Co Ni Mire ri Màiri; Highland Jig [4:02]
  12. Kantara to El Arish; Ewe With The Crooked Horn; Sandy Cameron; The Flaggon[4:19]
  13. Òran Mòr Mhic Leòid; Maidean Dubh’ an Donais; Nach Dannsadh am Ministear[4:00]
  14. Buntata’s Sgadain; Jonnie Sullivan’s Reel; Sir Ronald MacDonald’s Reel; Mary MacDonald’s Reel[3:01]
  15. Fr Eugene’s Welcome to Cape North; Goose Cove; Larry and Eleanor Parks[4:38]
  16. The Maids in the Green; Bill Lamey’s Jig; Connaughtman’s Rambles [3:10]
  17. Dhanns i Leam, a Mhaighdeann Bhrèagha; South Uist Golf Club; A-null Thar nan Eileanan Dh’ Ameireagaidh Gun Tèid Sinn or Over The Isles To America; The Lads of Mull[3:16]