Double DVD of the complete Transatlantic 4 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 s dobro king Jerry Douglas (eleven Grammies and counting), and Shetland s own Aly Bain (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 ÓMaonlai and the great Dónal Lunny (bouzouki), Dezi Donnelly (fiddle) and Niall Vallely (concertina).
Keeping Scotland s flag 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).
A jam session in six episodes: thrilling stuff. ***** --Songlines - Sue Wilson
Something for every taste: dazzling melting-pot collaborations, some undiluted tradition, and some Nashville country divas with a Celtic makeover. --fRoots - Paul Matheson