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John Goldie New Band CD - Chocolate Maze

Chocolate Maze

John Goldie
and The Acoustic Unit
Chocolate Maze
" acoustic guitarist extraordinaire” The Scotsman

the guitarist performs a virtuosic turn" The Herald

The latest live studio CD from one of Scotland’s most gifted acoustic guitarists. His fifth studio album for the Highlands-based Watercolour Music and the second with his band “The Acoustic Unit”. Featuring Jim Drummond (drums and percussion), Duncan Lyall (bass) and Angus Lyon (accordion and keys).
Thirteen new studio tracks from the band whose previous release was described as “confident, assertively performed and startlingly different”. To launch the CD, they will be performing a few choice cuts at the Scottish Music Information Centre, City Halls, Glasgow on Thursday 11th April at 6pm. Free Entry.
Recorded and produced at Watercolour Music’s with John Goldie’s regular producer, Nick Turner, the CD continues the eclectic Highland label’s passion for ‘live’ studio recording.
Reviews
Lanarkshire-based guitarist John Goldie provided the music for the BBC’s comedy series Dear Green Place a few years ago and there are several tracks on this fine new album that could appeal to television producers looking for catchy theme tunes.
Goldie is a guitar-toting everyman and the range of musical styles featured here reflects his ability to sit in and fit in wherever he finds himself, whether that’s Road Trip’s gypsy-swing-bossa (reminiscent of Goldie’s time with Martin Taylor’s Spirit of Django), Overcast’s soul ballad style, MacFerry’s pinging bluesy shuffle, Her Ladyship’s Dance’s medieval measure, the proggy Sting in the Tail or the insistently catchy hoedown, Time Trance.
Accordionist-keyboardist Angus Lyon, bassist Duncan Lyall and drummer Jim Drummond form a tight, matey pack on the band numbers while Goldie’s worldwide travels as a solo guitarist are reflected in the superb Here and Now, all gentle harmonics and impish pitch bends, and the fingerbustin’ Chase, with its echoes of Adrian Legg’s virtuosic country twang.

From The Sunday Herald, May 26, 2013.
Reviewing this under “folk” is stretching things slightly. Master guitarist John Goldie, here in the company of Highland music stalwarts Angus Lyon on accordion and keyboards and bassist Duncan Lyall, plus drummer Jim Drummond, careers across genres with gleeful abandon, opening with a flourish of Lyons’s accordion for the European-sounding Too Close to the Campfire and tailing off with a perky reprise of the slightly cod Americana of Line Trance.
In between, Goldie, playing mainly but not entirely acoustic guitars, gives the impression of thoroughly enjoying himself, whether in the sassy bossa of Road Trip, the near ambient languor of the title track, the waspish guitar lines and bluesy shuffle of MacFerry or the unabashed rock guitar strains of Sting in the Tail.
In contrast, my own favourite is the easeful drift and sweetly whining note-bending of Here and Now.
• Jim Gilchrist, From The Scotsman, May 26, 2013.
For more information please contact Nick Turner or John Goldie

 

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Mary Ann Kennedy Lands Major Commission for 2014 Games

Aiseag

One of the country’s best known radio broadcasters - Mary Ann Kennedy, who is also a well-respected musician, writer and composer – is to be at the heart of a major new commission for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
A native of Glasgow, who is a recognised authority on World Music and regularly presents shows for the BBC, she is to team up with Canadian composer, Canadian Scott Macmillan, acknowledged internationally as a leading creative force, to produce the work, which will also involve Ardgour-based audio designer Nick Turner and include lyrics from poet Aonghas MacNeacail from Carlops.
 They will work together on a collaborative composition for classical and traditional musicians and electronica, with real-world installation/intervention that will be given four scheduled UK performances.
 The announcement came at the official launch of the PRS Foundation’s New Music Biennal commissions for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, in London. The project is one of twenty UK-wide, all of which will link up through international partnerships to provide a flagship element of next summer’s celebrations.
 Watercolour Music, the Ardgour-based operation which she runs with her partner, (Nick Turner) will be the commissioning body for ‘Aiseag’ (The Ferryboat), involving musicians and singers from the Highlands, Glasgow and Nova Scotia, electronica and “found” sounds gathered from places and sources on both sides of the Atlantic.
 Ferry-boats fascinate Mary Ann and have been a constant in her life - as a solution to geographical barriers and offering a vital contact point in scattered communities, transporting news and information as well as people and goods.
 The work will celebrate their importance in two rural Commonwealth communities -- the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and the diaspora of Nova Scotia, Canada.
 A classically trained harpist, pianist and singer, and a member of one of the great dynasties of Scottish Gaelic music, The Campbells of Greepe, Mary Ann is currently musician-in-residence at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, University of the Highlands and Islands.
 She studied at the RSAMD and RNCM, where she was the first harpist to be awarded highest performance diploma, and is one of the most successful choral composers and directors in contemporary Gaelic music, credited with many innovations which have brought the genre into the 21st Century.
 Speaking after the launch at the Southbank Centre today (Friday), she said she was thrilled to have won the opportunity to create new music for the Biennal - and get the chance to work with all those involved.
 “My journey started today aboard our local Corran Ferry in Ardgour and I look forward to our final destination at the Games in my hometown, Glasgow,” she said.
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 Bidh aon de phrìomh chraoladairean agus luchd-ciùil na dùthcha – Màiri Anna NicUalraig – aig deis-meadhain coimisean mòr ùr airson Geamannan a’ Cho-fhlatheis 2014.
 Tè a rugadh ’s a thogadh an Glaschu fhèin – tha ainm aice airson a h-obrach ann an saoghal Ceòl na Cruinne, agus a tha cliù aice dha-rèir airson a cuid ciùil agus sgrìobhadh – bidh i ag obair cuide ris an sgrìobhaiche-ciùil Canèidianach, Scott Mac a’ Mhaoilein airson an obair ùr a thoirt gu bith, agus bidh an Dealbhaiche Fuaim Nick Mac an Tuairneir às Ard Ghobhair agus am bàrd Aonghas MacNeacail à Carlops cuideachd a-sàs.
 Bidh iad ag obair uile còmhla air an obair a bheir còmhla ceòl clasaigeach, dualchasach is eileactrònach, le fuaimean air an togail bhon t-saoghal mhòr a-muigh a- bharrachd, agus thèid a chur air làr ceithir tursan ’s a’ chiad dol-a-mach am Breatainn.
 Chaidh an naidheachd fhoillseachadh ann a’ Lunnainn, aig taisbeanadh oifigeil Biennal Fonndas a’ PhRS airson Geamannan a’ Cho-fhlaitheis 2014. Tha am pròiseact mar aon de dh’fhichead tro Bhreatainn gu lèir a bhios a’ dèanamh cheangalan thall-thairis, agus a thig còmhla as t-samhradh an ath bhliadhna mar aon de phrìomh fhèilltean nan geamannan.
 Thèid an coimisean, ‘Aiseag’, a stiùireadh tro Watercolour Music, an gnìomhachas cruthachail a tha Màiri Anna a ruith còmhla ri a cèile, Nick Turner, agus bidh luchd-ciùil bhon Ghàidhealtachd, Glaschu agus Albainn Nuaidh a’ cur a’ chìuil air làr, le ceòl eileactrònach is fuaimean eile a chaidh a thrusadh bho gach taobh dhen Chuan Siar air fhidhe a-steach dhan obair.
 Bha Màiri Anna riamh air a beò-ghlacadh le bàtaichean agus na h-aiseagan gu seachd àraid, agus tha iad mar phàirt de a beatha làitheil fhèin – eadar a bhi na meadhan siuhail agus na dhòigh air daoine ann an coimhearsnachdean sgapte a tharraing còmhla agus air naidheachdan a sgaoileadh a’ cheart cho math ri sluagh no bathair.
 Nì an obair ùr luaidh air àite nan aiseagan ann an dà choimhearsnachd iomallach dhen Cho-fhlaitheas – Gàidhealtachd na h-Albann agus sliochd nan Gàidheal ann an Albainn Nuaidh an Canada.
 Fhuair Màiri Anna – aon de theaghlach iomraiteach ciùil Caimbeulaich a’ Ghnìoba – àrd-oideachadh ann an ceòl clasaigeach bho aois glè òg. Tha i an-dràsta ag obair mar Cheòladair na Colaiste aig Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, an Oilthaigh na Gàidhealtachd ’s nan Eilean.
 Bha i na h-oileanach san RSAMD agus an RNCM am Manchester, far am b’ i a’ chiad chlàrsair a choisinn an teiseteanas a b’ àirde a bha ri fhaighinn ann, agus tha i cuideachd air cliù a chosnadh mar stiùiriche agus sgrìobhaiche do chòisirean Gàidhlig.
 Thuirt Màiri Anna ’s i a’ bruidhinn as dèidh an fhoillseachaidh aig an Southbank Centre ann a Lunnainnn an diugh (Dihaoine), gu robh i gu mòr air a dòigh an cothrom seo fhaighinn ceòl ùr le Gàidhlig aig cridhe gnothaich a chruthachadh dhan Bhiennal, agus obair leis an sgioba gu lèir.
 “Thòisich mo thuras an diugh air bòrd ar n’aiseag fhèin – aiseag a’ Chorrain an Àrd Ghobhair – agus tha fiughair orm ceann-uidhe a ruigheachd ann am baile m’ àraich, Glaschu, an ath bhliadhna”, thuirt i.
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Bruce Molsky House Concert

Bruce

Lochaber’s top recording studio opens its doors next month to give music fans a one-off opportunity to listen to an American old-time music legend play in the unique and intimate setting of Watercolour Music.
 In this, Watercolour’s only House Concert this summer on the 26th May, Bruce Molsky, a native of the Bronx with his musical heart in the Appalachian Mountains, will be showcasing music from his brand new solo album, ‘If It Ain’t Here When I Get Back’.  
 Bruce has a world reputation as the finest exponent of old-time fiddle, and he combines this with his rich baritone voice for a fiddle-singing style he has made his own. His love affair with the music of Appalachia started as a teenager in New York, but he served his time at the feet of the masters during many years in Virginia, whilst working as an engineer, learning from great tradition bearers such as Tommy Jarrell.
 He decided to take the ‘leap of faith’ and turned professional at the age of forty – and he’s never looked back, playing worldwide with bands such as Donal Lunny and Andy Irvine’s Mozaik, and as a first-call guest every year on the legendary ‘Transatlantic Sessions’. His musical tastes, however, are wide and he’s as likely to include a Swedish waltz or Romanian Hora in his performance as an old-time reel or field holler.  
 Co-director of Watercolour Music, Mary Ann Kennedy said: “We are truly delighted to welcome our good friend Bruce to Lochaber. We had decided to take a break from the concerts as my role as musician-in-residence at the Gaelic college, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, in Skye this year meant I couldn’t devote as much time to the preparation needed to make the gigs a success. But this was a chance we couldn’t pass up – don’t miss out!”
 Bruce Molsky said: “Scotland holds a very special place in my heart, and the Highlands especially – I love the connection that still exists between the music and the people. I’ve had the pleasure of recording at Watercolour before, it’s the perfect venue for a gig like this – and I might even persuade Mary Ann up for a duet!” 
 Watercolour Music have hosted House Concerts, an American innovation which allows artists to play smaller, laidback gigs between larger venues, for the past four years, welcoming artists such as Väsen, Mount Desolation, Rachel Sermanni and Fred Morrison to play in their purpose-built studios, packed out for the occasion. The Sunday afternoon gigs are very relaxed affairs and all are welcome.
Bruce’s concert takes place on Sunday, 26th May at 3pm and booking is strongly advised by emailing info@watercolourmusic.co.uk

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