Bagpipe maestros Chris Stout and Finlay Macdonald have a new album titled ‘The Cauld Wind‘ (McKay Stout Music, November 4, 2013), a collection of music from the pipe tradition as well as newly composed melodies by the performers themselves.
Chris Stout is well known for his work with harpist Catriona McKay and the sensational Shetland band Fiddlers’ Bid. Finlay Macdonald has performed all over the world playing bagpipes with countless bands and solo artists. Most recently he performed with Bryan Adams and P. Diddy to name but a few.
In this album Chris and Finlay are on a continuing journey of discovery to find out just where these beautiful instruments truly engage in the music, finding common ground while allowing the unique idiosyncrasies of each instrument to flourish.
While much of the album is stripped back to just the two instruments guitarist Ross Martin adds wonderful harmonies and driving rhythm to a number of the tracks.
The Cauld Wind was recorded at the new concert hall ‘Mareel’ in the Shetland Islands. The album captures a live sound, where the tone and energy of the fiddle and pipes are released in the natural acoustic of this wonderful space.
The title ‘The Cauld Wind’ was not inspired by the weather conditions in Shetland at the time of recording rather from the traditional name for the border pipes, the Cauld Wind Pipes.
Although Chris and Finlay have worked together for a number of years, ‘The Cauld Wind‘ is their first album release.
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