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Mairidh Gaol Is Ceol [CASSETTE] Import

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  • Audio Cassette (16 Jun. 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Temple
  • ASIN: B000002NNN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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There's a vague idea in some quarters that there's a special affinity between Gaelic and harmony, which is completely wrong. Traditional singing was always either solo or unison and this, from 1994, is actually quite an early experiment with group singing (not counting the choirs which, well, you either like or you don't). Two things give it the edge over the similar, more recent, Cliar project: one is the singing of Christine Primrose, one of Britain's great voices - it's criminal that she never got the same sort of recognition as the far inferior but better-marketed Julie Fowlis. The other is Eilidh Mackenzie, who is not in the same class as a singer; but most of the soaring harmonies seem to be hers (the others mostly sing the melodies) and she brings a very clever, contemporary nous to them. Arthur Cormack, common to both bands, is a safe pair of hands and combines well with the others.

Between them they recorded some classics on this album; when the harmonies kick in on A Chailin Aluin (a perennial on Radio nan Gaidheal), it's a proper shiver-down-the-spine moment. I don't think they realised the line-up's full potential, though; other tracks are a bit ordinary, the backing doesn't add an awful lot, and the arrangements don't live up to the standard set on Primrose's album 'S Tu Nam Chuimhne. What the album could have done with, and nowadays would probably have got, is a couple of dance sets to vary the pace without resorting to puirt-a-beul (of which, for me, a little goes a long way). But it's worth it for the handful of superb performances - worth it, in fact, just for that joyful opening number.

Judging by their photo, though, the group don't seem to have taken its injunction 'bithibh sunndach' (be happy) to heart - maybe that's why there wasn't a follow-up.
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Various singers and players come together on this wonderful cd to sing and play some fine traditional songs and tunes. I think it's one of the best introductions to Scottish Gaelic music and would probably make most people want to hear more of the artists individually. There's some information in the insert, but no lyrics. That's a shame, but it's so good it doesn't matter. I wish I'd bought it years ago.
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You can almost smell the Hebridean sea-breeze in music from the Gaelic soul. The voices are wonderfully dream-like, the instrumental work so complimentary to them.
Track 3 - Criogal Cridhe - Dearest Gregor or Glen Lyon's Lament had me in tears, but there is not one duff track in the 12.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful harmonies 3 April 1999
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Format: Audio CD
If you're looking to explore Scottish Gaelic music, this is an ideal CD with which to start. Mac-talla is a gathering of some of the finest Gaelic traditional singers. Their collaboration here is thoughtful and incredibly beautiful, especially on songs where they all sing together in harmony. 'Togail Curs air Leodhas' really stands out. If you like this CD, you will not be disappointed by the individual CDs by members of the group. I'd also recommend that you check out Catherine-Ann MacPhee (not in this group). However, one can only hope that there will be more Mac-talla outings in future!
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my faves 17 Jan. 2014
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This is really enjoyable, attractive, beautifully crafted recording. It bears all the Gaelic authenticity one could wish, yet presented with contemporary styling. Well balanced, varied programming and very very pleasant to hear!
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