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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 (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002UJ4KQE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,293 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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).

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

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By oldandintheway on 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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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Cambridge on 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Blenkinsop on 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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Monty on 25 Dec. 2009
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Pearson on 5 Jan. 2010
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Torolf Rosvold on 8 Jan. 2010
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian Greenoff on 11 Nov. 2010
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I actually bought this dvd at an Aly Bain/Phil Cunningham gig in Aberdeenshire and consider it the best of the three transatlantic sessions so far released. It is magnificent, a coming together of great musicians and singers that produced the kind of mystical, magical quality you feel when you walk amongst the timeless landscapes of the highlands. Danny Thompson came into my shop on the Moray Firth recently and I gave him a free ice-cream. The very least I could do!
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