Scotland & Ireland are separated by only twelve miles of water at their nearest point, so it’s not surprising that their cultures have begged, borrowed (and maybe even stolen) much from each other over the centuries.
On this album Battlefield Band, one of the great institutions of Scottish traditional music, have invited twelve special guests (one for each of the twelve miles) to explore and play the music and songs shared by these two vibrant cultures.
These eighteen tracks offer evidence of two intertwined and, by definition, living traditions which continue to beg and borrow from each other. Indeed these links may have been an important factor in keeping these traditions so strong, vibrant and authentic. Long it may it continue.
1. Reels: The Five Mile Chase / The Cameronian Reel / The Black Haired Lass
2. 6/8’s: Drunken Man’s Frolic / We will go Merrily Sailing / Charlie over the Water
3. Song: The Blantyre Explosion
4. Slow Air & Jig: The Glasgow Lasses / The Scottish Lovers
5. Strathspey/Reels: The Braes of Mar / Pottinger's Reel / The Baker
6. Scots Gaelic Song: An Gille Mear (The Gallant Lad)
7. Strathspey & Reels: Sporan Dhomhnaill / Mist on the Glen (The Devils of Dublin) / Miss Monaghan
8. Strathspeys & Reels: Chief Inspector Rod Parker / This is how the Ladies Dance / Come to the Shealing
9. Song: One Night in My Youth
10. March & Reel: McCarthy’s Quickstep / The Drunken Piper
11. Hornpipe, Jig & Hornpipe: Fingal’s Weeping (Fingal’s Cave) / Caberfeidh / Gillespie’s Hornpipe (The HLI Hornpipe)
12. Irish Gaelic Song: Mo Bhuachaill Dubh Dhonn (My Brown Haired Boy)
13. Slow Air: Ellen’s Dreams
14. March, Strathspey & Reels: Captain Grant / The Islay Ball / Donal Odhar / An Ceile a bh’ aig Iain MacEoin
15. Song: Blooming Caroline from Edinburgh Town
16. Fling & Reels: The Whole Chicken in the Soup / Largo’s Fairy Dance / The Kerryman’s Daughter
17. Highlands: The Lass of Killiecrankie / The Ladies of Gormand / Untitled Highland / The Teelin Highland
18. Song: The Mickey Dam / The Haughs o’ Cromdale / The Glasgow Hornpipe