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Transatlantic Sessions - Series 4 (complete) (2009) [DVD]

Aly Bain , Jerry Douglas    Exempt   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Aly Bain, Jerry Douglas
  • Format: Colour, Dolby, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Whirlie Records
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Nov 2009
  • Run Time: 228 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002UJ4KQE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,923 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Double DVD of the complete television series , filmed and recorded in 2009 at the stunning location of Glenlyon House, Perthshire, Scotland. Six half-hour programmes of exquisite musical performance: 41 tracks; plus 4 bonus tracks; 30 minute documentary of behind the scenes footage and photographic slide-show. Music co-directors for TRANSATLANTIC SESSIONS 4 are Nashville-based dobro king Jerry Douglas (eleven Grammies and counting), and Aly Bain from Shetland (six Honorary Doctorates and counting). American star guests are folk titan James Taylor, Rosanne Cash, Allison Moorer, Martha Wainwright, Dan Tyminski and fiddle virtuoso Stuart Duncan. From Ireland come singers Mairéad Ni Mhaonaigh, Karan Casey and Liam Ó Maonlai and the great Dónal Lunny (bouzouki), Dezi Donnelly (fiddle) and Niall Vallely (concertina). Keeping the flag of Scotland flying are Julie Fowlis, Karen Matheson, Emily Smith, Jenna Reid, James Graham, and the extraordinary Allan MacDonald. House Band members are Russ Barenberg (guitar/mandolin) and Todd Parks (bass) from Nashville, Ronan Browne and Mike McGoldrick (pipes and whistles) from Ireland, Scots Phil Cunningham and Donald Shaw (accordion and keyboards), James Mackintosh (percussion), and the legendary Danny Thompson (bass).


Transatlantic Sessions Series 4 looks as good as it sounds - and it sounds fantastic --The Guardian 9/09/2009

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different but still stunning 27 Nov 2009
The series has only recently finished on BBC4 but I can't wait to watch the DVD with it's 'bonus tracks', and hear the first volume of the CDs. I 'discovered' Transatlantic Sessions early last year and I listen and watch the available stuff more than any other music. This time it seems like the 'old hands' are giving way to a younger crew but the quality of the music is undiminished. The bagpipe and dobro duet is a stand out. Add virtuosos like Stuart Duncan on fiddle (and mandolin), Dan Tyminski with some great songs including a fresh working of 'Man of Constant Sorrow' and Martha Wainwright and Alison Moorer stirring the mix even more and you soon realise that the standard hasn't changed, it's just a bit different. The core musicians are still there, the magnificent Danny Thompson has returned on bass, sharing duties with Todd Parkes, and Julie Fowlis just gets better. And bless Aly Bain and Jerry Douglas. I was lucky enough to get the discs ahead of the Amazon date. The DVD notes tempt us with hope of the 'missing' Series 2 discs (that had John Martyn and Michael Doucet in full flow, so here's hoping) and some expectation of a fifth series. I could listen to this sort of thing for ever.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant! 28 Oct 2009
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I have just watched this series on BBC4.I have never really been a fan of country/folk music but this captivated me completely.Watching the artists perform and the clever camera work that enabled me to see what role each instrument played in each session was wonderful.I was going to buy the cd,but decided that the dvd allowed me to be more involved(and James mackintosh the drummer is worth a look at anyday).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greats 30 Aug 2010
I know music's all a matter of taste but this to me is one of the greatest music DVDs ever, beautifully directed by Mike Alexander and immaculately engineered by Iain Hutchinson. I've seen just about all of these musicians live at Celtic Connections over the years, so the gorgeous musicianship of the likes of Michael McGoldrick, Stuart Duncan, Russ Barenberg and co comes as no surprise and it's all too easy to take Danny Thompson's magic for granted. I thought TS3 was pretty darned good but this is even better. The ones that really blow me away are: Dan Tyminski's "The Boy Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn" (McGoldrick and Jerry Douglas both just wonderful on this), James Taylor's "Millworker", Liam Ó Maonlai's "Worksong" (what a line-up of backing singers and I've never heard a Dobro playing hard rock through a fuzzbox before), Stuart Duncan's "Lee Highway Blues" (effortlessly, scarily brilliant) and Alison Moorer's utterly stunning "Carrickfergus" (I gather Aly Bain said it was the best version he'd ever heard and he certainly responds with some beautifully sensitive fiddle playing. Most of the other versions I've heard are over-sentimental for my taste - even a little twee; this is just deeply felt and lived in). Great also to see the inclusion of rising stars like Emily Smith and Julie Fowlis (or has she already risen?) Ok, there are one or two items I enjoy a little less - it's almost inevitable, given the range of the programmes - but I never stop admiring the quality of performance. Buy it! Wonder at it! Enjoy it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Transatlantic Sessions 4 5 Jan 2010
It may well be that this is Niche music but for me I cannot have enough.
Series 1, Series 3, Series 4. Ok so what happened to 2?

The mix of Celtic and Modern music is excellent, and the choice of both Roseanne Cash and Allison Moorer for the Us female voices was inspired. I wonder I Alison Kraus could be recruited for series 5 which I trust will be forth comming.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous! 25 Dec 2009
By Monty
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This series just gets better and better. #3 was slightly disappointing in that not one (that I can remember) of the tracks in the TV shows was on the DVD. On #4 there is a good mixture, with some great new ones. From a rather primitive start with #1, the production values on #4 are superb and the camera work first-class. It really does feel like being there (but not as cold!). Even performers I don't much care for seem to 'grow' in this intimate musical environment. I should particularly like to mention Dan Tyminsky's The Boy Who wouldn't hoe Corn, with its marvellous musical arrangement. The once young, now greying 'house band' play as if they have been together all their lives, which they almost have. It would be unfair to single out any one of them, but here's a big hand for the talented Danny Thomson, if only because he may not get one from anyone else!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What more can ye ask for 8 Jan 2010
Transatlantic sessions has been impressive (from day 1) - and Series 4 is no exceptions - Danny Thompson there as well - in addition to Donal Lunny and Aly Bain AND maybe my favorite (if you leave RT out) - Jerry Douglas. Guests as well - a o James Taylor - not bad to say the least - Could we hope for a series 5 with Richard Thompson in it??
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb production 7 Jan 2010
A treat to the senses, superb music played by great musicians. Well worth the money and I will be purchasing the previous sessions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cure for the blues. 11 Feb 2011
Stunning musicianship, great production and wonderfully atmospheric cinematography. BUT be warned!! - the volume level is set VERY high, so adjust evrything way down before inserting the DVD or you may blow a gasket.
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5.0 out of 5 stars These guys are brilliant
I love the musical arrangements, the skill of the players and the great camera work. The extra features are also interesting. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lufty
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
Bought this for my husband and we shall be getting the rest of the series asap,real musicians and really good easy listening music.....
Published 5 months ago by Patricia Fuller
4.0 out of 5 stars Transatlantic Sessions
Enjoy the Sessions (4) very much, makes a pleasant change from the old TV box! Not enjoying the current Sessions on TV as much
Published 8 months ago by doreen harris
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous music!
This DVD isn't quite as good as Series 2, which was an absolute gem but still a great listening experience. Read more
Published 16 months ago by clarag
JUST sit, watch and listen to some wonderful musicians and singers at the top of their trade. Yes, over and over and over, the talent shown is just overwhelming; you will never... Read more
Published 18 months ago by martin hough
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Superb Series
I now have all five series on DVD and can easily watch any of them over and over again. Supreme musicianship from a large range of artists from both side of the Atlantic. Read more
Published 21 months ago by I. E. Hartland
5.0 out of 5 stars Time has told
My first exposure to "Transatlantic Sessions" was the CD of this particular series. I gave it three stars, because, while I really enjoyed some parts, I didn't enjoy others. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Teemacs
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Running Out of Superlatives!
Excellent! Superb venue, great musicians and music. This DVD represents fantastic value for money providing wonderfully relaxing and enjoyable entertainment. Read more
Published on 12 Feb 2012 by JohnnyC
5.0 out of 5 stars A night in with friends
Buy this. We watched it over two nights at Christmas. If you love music and enjoy hearing and seeing performers at the top of their game you will appreciate this. Read more
Published on 4 Jan 2012 by Anne McCloskey
5.0 out of 5 stars Music par excellence
This album is sheer bliss both to see and to hear. The close-up shots of the musicians playing their instruments makes the whole thing magical. Read more
Published on 1 Dec 2011 by Anthony V. Stockley
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