"... this duo should be receiving the full
attention of every fan of Scottish Music." - Dirty Linen
Music and song from Scotland by two of it's leading exponents. This duo combine superb vocals with crafted arrangements for whistles , guitar and smallpipes. Performed with virtuosity, imagination and presence, as Dirty Linen magazine (USA) states "... this duo should be receiving the full attention of every fan of Scottish Music."
Gillian MacDonald: originally from the Black Isle in the north east highlands, Gillian is one of the finest traditional singers in the country. She regularly performs with Frank McLaughlin and together they recorded the highly acclaimed CD "Out of the Wood" (Claytara Records). Gillian has toured internationally and has also worked as a session singer most notably on the "Complete Songs of Robert Burns" 12 CD collection for Linn Records. Gillian is an experienced vocal workshop tutor drawing on song from within the tradition as well as a wide range of styles from other countries.
Frank McLaughlin is a highly regarded guitarist and piper who has worked with many top musicians on the Scottish scene. As a session player Frank's talents are increasingly in demand.He has recently finished recording and filming for the ITV (UK)drama series "Distant Shores" starring Peter Davidson which is due to be shown in 2006. He also performs with top traditional Scottish Band "The Mick West Band", with fiddle player Stewart Hardy and with the Newcastle based four piece Tod's Assembly.
Gillian and Frank have a wealth of musical experience to draw from. In the live arena , they have toured widely. Highlights include playing support for Joan Baez in Croatia; as well as numerous festivals across Europe. They have worked on various recording projects, from traditional music CD's to writing and recording music for talking books. They have made numerous radio appearances at local, regional and national level. Both are experienced workshop tutors, Gillian in voice, and Frank in guitar.
" Together they deliver a set of songs and instrumentals showing both an intimate knowledge of the tradition and the ability to sail further along that famous carrying stream." - The Living Tradition Magazine
"It's refreshing to see such a well produced and packaged album appearing on the scene and if this is a sample of the effort and imagination Frank and Gillian intend putting into their musical career, rewarding times must be just around the corner" - The Living Tradition Magazine.
"Gillian MacDonald and Frank McLaughlin are illustrating how the music of a vibrant and living culture can be updated and expressed in and individualistic style without losing its roots" - Celtic Heritage Magazine (Nova Scotia)
"... this duo should be receiving the full attention of every fan of Scottish Music." - Dirty Linen
Check out the artist's website:
1. Sailor Boy
2. The Black Isle/Brunswick Street
3. The Snows of France and Holland
4. Wellfield/Colm McLaughlin's Pockets/McFadden's Reel
5. Johnny my man
6. Doodlum Dhu
7. The Flooer o' Northumberland
8. The Hannah's of Drumfern/The last minute jig
9. Eppie Morrie/ The new starter motor
10. False False
11. Macrimon's Lament