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on 22 December 2011
Bought this as a Christmas present - was really looking for the DVD (apparantly not available until January) but couldn't resist opening it! It was well worth it - the CD runs pretty much track-wise as the first two programmes of the Sessions 5 TV series - but with an additional 2 bonus tracks incl' Muireann Nic Amblaoibh's 'Whoever She May Be' - worth the purchase for this alone, & Amos Lee's finale is just outstanding.
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on 6 February 2012
I became hooked on the Transatlantic Sessions a few years ago and the unique blend of Celtic and American folk and country music. The quality of performer and performance is second to none and this latest album is up there with the best of them. It would be unfair to single out any track or artist just sit back and enjoy it all.
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on 7 June 2012
The great thing about receiving the latest Transatlantic Sessions CD is that you know all is right with world. In company with twenty-six of the best vocalists/musicians in the field of `folk' music you don't even need to get the accompanying DVD (although of course you could) to soak up the electric atmosphere of being locked away in an old hunting lodge in the Perthshire Highlands...for emanating within the stone walls comes forth possibly the most joyous sound you are ever likely to hear. The empathy created by everyone being so closely involved in the project must be the dream of any producer and capturing the whole experience is recording, mix and mastering maestro Iain Hutchinson. If I credited everyone it would take until the next session to list them but just to whet your appetite the line-up includes the staggering dobro performances of Jerry Douglas, Aly Bain on fiddle, Donald Shaw (accordion), Danny Thompson (double bass), Eddi Reader, Sarah Jarosz and Alison Krauss vocals. The feeling of bonhomie that is in evidence throughout the whole recording would provide scientists with enough energy to power the Large Hadron Collider and even Edgar Allen Poe's gothic poem "Annabel Lee" set to an Appalachian sounding minor key melody by Jarosz can do nothing to mute the immeasurably good time everybody had in each others company. On a final note, what a pleasure it is to hear Eric Bibb's interpretation of "Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad" as, for me (and I'm sure many others) it brings back many happy memories of Scotland's JSD Band in full flight and just goes to show you can't put a good song down!

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VINE VOICEon 9 December 2012
A smashing, eclectic blend of established artists and those starting out. Aly Bain and the Jerry Douglas are to be commended on their long standing collaboration. The flashing fiddles, astonishing if showy work of Jerry Douglas, complimented by the singing of Kathleen McInnes, Eddi Reader, the indomitable Alison Krauss, Sarah Jarosz, the crowning glory going to Danu's Muireann Nic Amblaoibh.
Where, however, are volumes 2 and 3 on mp3? The CDs have been out for months.
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on 18 April 2012
The idea of Transatlantic Sessions is a great one and the best thing about all five series is the sheer enjoyment the performers seem to derive from being with fellow musicians, without an audience but with a little time to get together and play. Some performances seem to fit better than others and everyone will have their personal tastes among such a patchwork quilt: for me, the more tradional the better and some of the "contemporary" works are weak, but, overall, a worthwhile purchase.
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on 13 May 2012
I bought this on spec as Alison Krauss was singing at least one track. The group is just the best I have heard for ages. all talented performers and a wide range of instruments. the harmonies are terrific.
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on 28 December 2013
some tracks make you tap your feet, others make you think and some have that Gaelic beauty... briilliant mix. there are lots of Transatlantic sessions and they are as good.
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on 7 October 2013
Irish jig to Yankee ballad, as wide a gulf as the ocean itself. There is everything in this quality recording. Easy listening but with an individual, organic style.
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on 9 March 2013
Good value for money. A mix of styles & sounds - most of which are very enjoyable. The variety sholud make the album have a wide appeal.
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on 22 January 2014
Was a great series on TV and this album brings back all those memories of great musicians, great music and stunning views
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