Scottish Folk at Its Best (ARC Music, 2008)
The Scottish Folk at Its Best compilation includes a selection of some of the finest Scottish artists who released recordings with the KRL label. Under Lochshore and other imprints, KRL Records produced some of the most interesting new acts in Scotland. The most famous is the now legendary Old Blind Dogs, who participate with two tracks. Other favorites are the spirited Tannas, with a style similar to early Capercaillie.
Anna Murray is known both as a singer and also as an excellent piper. Her specialty are the bagpipes. She plays both the small pipes and the Highland pipes. I happen to prefer the more melodic sound of the small pipes, which Murray uses frequently. You can sample both her vocals and pipes on the two tracks selected. Other artists featured are attractive discoveries: Canterach, The Iron Horse, The Hudson Swan Band, The Mick West Band, Ross Kennedy & Archie McAllister, Wendy Weatherby, and Coila.
Scottish Folk at Its Best combines traditional and innovative contemporary Scottish folk songs and instrumentals, ranging from ballads to jigs, reels, and airs. A majority of the lyrics are in Gaelic, with English translations included in the booklet.
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Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.