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Transatlantic Sessions - Series 6 (complete) PAL - Aly Bain and Jerry Douglas [DVD]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Whirlie Records
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Nov 2013
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,744 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

We chose a new location for this sixth series of Transatlantic Sessions the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. So that was us taking the high road to what has become something of a biennial reunion of our Aly-and-Jerry-led house band with director Mike Alexander s technical A-team, the trust and coordination between the two making for not just great music but a great viewing/listening experience.

For some of our star guests - Maura O Connell, Cara Dillon, Julie Fowlis, Karen Matheson and Tim O Brien Transatlantic Sessions Six was a welcome return.

For others Mary Chapin Carpenter, Aoife O Donovan, Andy Irvine, Teddy Thompson, Ewan MacLennan - it was a new experience that they took to like (OK, back to the bonnie banks) ducks to water. Mary Chapin Carpenter, indeed, whom we'd been angling to get for years, came to sing for three days and ended up giving us five, as generous in harmony mode as she was magnificent in her lead numbers. And talking of lead numbers, check out Jerry as you've never heard him before on the wrap-up of programme six.
Douglas Eadie, Producer


the most important and the the most enjoyable music collaborations of my career...
an incredible experience... really wonderful. --Julie Fowlis (interview with The Musician, 2012)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Transatlantic Sessions Series 6 achieves the rare distinction of being as good as, if not better than, its five predecessors. The House Band are superlative and made newcomers Mary Chapin Carpenter, Aoife O'Donaven and Teddy Thompson feel right at home. Tim O'Brien (dodgy beard notwithstanding!) seemed to enjoy every minute; Karen Matheson still has a voice touched by the angels; Julie Fowlis - wow!; Russ Barenberg's "Halloween Rehearsal" is stunning - and what can you say about Danny Thompson? To quote Tim O'Brien he's "Still kicking ass at 75!". Buy this DVD - no, buy two and dip one in gold. Well done Aly and Jerry - looking forward to Series 7 already!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to the roots 19 Nov 2013
After five great series you think 'how can they top that?' The thing is, they don't try to. Every series of Transatlantic Sessions introduces something different. Whereas Series 5 had some established and emerging visitors in Bela Fleck, Sam Bush, Alison Krauss, Eric Bibb, Dirk Powell, Amos Lee and Sarah Jarosz, Series 6 seems to have more of a traditional feel with new arrivals Ewan McLennan and Andy Irvine (Donal Lunny's band mate from Planxty) joining Julie Fowlis, Cara Dillon & Sam Lakeman, Karen Matheson and Maura O'Connell. That's rounded out by the dynamic Teddy Thompson and, from overseas, Tim O'Brien, Aoide O'Donovan and Mary Chapin Carpenter.

They all do their own thing wonderfully but there seemed to be more ensemble work this time round, in true `session' tradition. Tim O'Brien seemed to be on everything - no complaint here - and Mary Chapin Carpenter added her warm voice to a number of songs. At times, there were three vocalists backing the main singer, and sometimes you'd struggle to work out who that was. Marvellous stuff, and the joy of being part of it shines through. Those of you lucky enough to have seen the live tour in February this year will recognise some of the songs. As then, after the houseband warms things up it was Teddy Thompson as the first soloist with a stunning rendition of `Don't Know What I Was Thinking', with great support. Cara Dillon and Sam Lakeman produced a terrific version of Shawn Colvin's `Shotgun Down The Avalanche', a sort of forward reference to Ms Colvin's appearance on the 2014 tour. If there's a show stopper it's Aoife O'Donovan's Hallowell, supported by Mary Chapin Carpenter and Julie Fowlis. That's a high point amongst a series of highs. Stunning.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I love this series for the quality of the newcomers, especially Teddy Thompson and Aoife O'Donovan, not to mention a personal favourite, Mary Chapin Carpenter. This in addition to sterling performances from TS veterans. Great to see Danny Thompson still squeezing a perfect tune for each song from his venerable "Victoria".

I have to mention that the drums appear to be overdubbed on a number of tracks - all to good effect though. James Mackintosh is playing with brushes yet unless I'm mistaken there is the distintive slap of wood on skin and sound of the snare being hit with something solid coming from my speakers . . .

Maybe Aly or Jerry would care to comment?
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Downhill from now on? 16 Dec 2013
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I own and love all the previous series of the sessions, so I am sorry to say, that I cannot join in in the positive chorus of the other reviews. Starting with the upside: of corse the established house-band musicians (exept for Donal Lunny, who seems to be there only for his glorious past) are still going strong. Especially Jerry Douglas is still one of a kind.
But then, what's the sense of adding so many more violins, keyboards and stringed instruments which inflate the sound to a indistinct sound-mess? Most of the time you hear only half of the lads that you see playing with so much effort! This is especially sad, when such a master as Tim O'Brien is playing on his mando-cello, and you hardly hear a note from his instrument. My second complaint are the production-guys and the film crew. What the f... are they trying to accomplish with this camera-jumping, mostly out of every musical concept and reason. As soon as you have a glimpse of a singer they change their focus to some totally irrelevant instrument, and again just switch over when there would be a solo part.
So, in my opinion these series are a rather flawed experience, not because of the musicians but because of a lack in concept and editing craftsmanship.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It cannot get much better than this 13 May 2014
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Almost everything perfect and where it is not perfect it is better than perfect. Exceptional musicianship, Uplifting, exciting and also brings tears to the eyes, a lump in the throat. People connecting in the best possible way; sharing, supporting, learning, appreciating one another's skills and enjoying the moment. Really shows what folk music can be about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent DVD 28 April 2014
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Saw Transatlantic Sessions live at Philarmonic L'pool. DVD is a great reminder of this event. Hope to see them live again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD. 25 April 2014
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As I am a folk musician myself and also an admirer of practically every musician and singer featured in this series, I just had to get this DVD! It has already been played many times and it is excellent value for such a collection of virtuoso players.
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5.0 out of 5 stars transatlantic sessions 1 April 2014
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watched this series on bbc where I got the bug. the dvd is the best and sound quality visually inspiring I have ever seen Julie fowlis has won another admirer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Bought as a present so did not hear it.
Published 28 days ago by Miss Jean Robb
1.0 out of 5 stars Faulty Recording
The standard of playing of the house band and performance of the singers was excellent. The two discs comprised a total of six
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Published 2 months ago by Welly
Published 2 months ago by JOHN P
5.0 out of 5 stars A Quality Series.
When I, like many other fans, watched this latest series from Ali & Jerry, I was struck with its differences to previous series. Read more
Published 4 months ago by G. Campbell
3.0 out of 5 stars Something's missing....
Fair is fair; ALL series should carry a clear label warning the public, something like "BE ADVISED, THAT WATCHING THIS IS HIGHLY ADDICTIVE!! Read more
Published 5 months ago by wiel
5.0 out of 5 stars The best yet?
That's what I'm wondering. In all the predecessors, there has always been the odd number that, to my ears, simply didn't come off. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Teemacs
5.0 out of 5 stars Transatlantic Sessions - Series 6
Bought as part of a Christmas gift for my dad on request , dad loves this DVD, was well happy with it, I may purchase the other parts of the series for him so would definitely... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. Ian S. Duncan
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY IT
Absolutely superb, the best Transatlantic Sessions yet, and that's saying something.
Aoife O'Donovan and Ewan Maclennan and Teddy Thompson are excellent newcomers with very... Read more
Published 6 months ago by McKendal
1.0 out of 5 stars transatlantic sessions 6 faulty
When i put the disv into my dvd player it started ok but after a few minutes it started jumping and crackling this continued throughout the dvd making it impossible to watch. Read more
Published 6 months ago by karen
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