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Marit Fält and Rona Wilkie

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Turas (Watercolour Music WCMCD051)
Preview Released 06/12/2013
The debut album from Marit Fält and Rona Wilkie on Watercolour Music melds tunes and songs from their Highland and Scandinavian to create a new music that’s uplifting, daring and harmonious. 'Turas' explores the common ground between their Swedish and Gaelic backgrounds with a unique voice - playful,  borderless - gliding through evocative, near-classical movements and elegant polskas to buoyant reels, via the virtuosity of Rona's fiddle and Marit’s Nordic låtmandola.
Winners on the same night 2012 of the coveted Danny Kyle Award at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections Festival and BBC Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, Marit and Rona have been quietly working away on this gorgeous debut on Watercolour's Stòras imprint, which supports innovation and creativity in new Gaelic music and writing.
Joining them on several tracks are the bewitching percussion of Allan Òg MacDonald and the deliciously sweeping strings of the Cantilena Quartet – playing Marit and Rona’s own arrangements. The album was produced by Nick and Mary Ann for Storas Watercolour.
The album will be previewed at the Showcase Scotland trade expo at Celtic Connections in January and will be officially released on 24th February with tour dates to be announced soon. www.maritandrona.com

 

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Various Artists

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An Drochaid (Watercolour Music WCMCD055)
Preview Released 18/12/2013
Watercolour Music had a unique opportunity at the beginning of the year to work with Canadian composer Scott Macmillan on his soundtrack for the BBC ALBA TV doumentary charting the history of the long and ultimately successful public campaign against tolls on the Skye Bridge. The feature-length version of the film will be premiered at Celtic Connections in January, in a first-time collaboration with the Glasgow Film Festival. The screening takes place at the Glasgow Film Theatre on Sunday January 26th with live music from some of the protagonists of the film joining Mary Ann, Scott and Cape Breton fiddler Colin Grant, one of the lead musicians on the soundtrack.
Once again, tickets are going fast, so book now at www.celticconnections.com or 0141-353-8000.
The soundtrack album will be officially released on Watercolour Music on 27th January, and will also be available through Online Shop.
Na Trads
Alasdair MacIlleBhàin(Alasdair Whyte) is nominated for Gaelic singer of the year, with a wonderful debut album on Watercolour to his credit - Las - the first release on our Stòras Watercolourimprint, encouraging and supporting emerging Gaelic musical and writing talent.
'The best debut album from a Gaelic artist in years, Las is a beautiful, beguiling and irresistible mix of tradition and innovation. Alasdair writes with rare depth and integrity. Eloquent, impassioned and powerful, Las is a landmark recording.' Kevin MacNeil (Love and Zen in the Outer Hebrides, A Method Actor's Guide to Jekyll and Hyde).
One of the bonuses of that particular album is the beautifully matched vocals of Robert Robertson backing Alasdair on several of the tracks, with a duet sound inspired by Rufus Wainwright & David Byrne and classic Italian folk duos of the 50s.
Robert is also nominated in this year's awards in the Up and Coming category - small wonder for the voice of the west coast ceilidh powerhouse Skipinnish and of course this year's Mod Gold Medallist.

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Watercolour Music at Showcase Scotland
Fàilt’ oirbh do Ghlaschu agus do dh’fhèis Cheltic Connections - welcome to Glasgow and to Celtic Connections!
Watercolour Music is Scotland’s most highly regarded residential recording studio – based in the idyllic setting of Ardgour in the West Coast Highlands and run by musician and broadcaster Mary Ann Kennedy and her producer-writer husband Nick Turner.
The studios, overlooking Ben Nevis on the shores of Loch Linnhe, have played host to so many of Scotland’s great roots and acoustic musicians – Blazin Fiddles, Julie Fowlis, Fiddlers Bid, Paul McKenna, Rua MacMillan, Norrie MacIver, Margaret Stewart, Lorne MacDougall, Kathleen MacInnes, to name but a few.
This year’s Showcase Scotland features no less than three of our own 2014 projects and releases and we’d love you to hear them while you’re in Glasgow. Please join us for an exclusive Watercolour Music Delegates Reception at CCA, Sauchiehall St on Saturday 25th from 12 noon til 1pm to toast some new album arrivals!

Greepe

Music from The Campbells of Greepe, the ‘first family’ of Gaelic song, whose brand-new album No. 2 Greepe is a highly anticipated follow-up to their Sunday Times and Songlines chart-topping debut, ‘Fonn’.

This tantalising taste of The Campbells of Greepe’s music will be just enough, we’re sure, to make you want to check out the concert set at CCA that same night, Saturday 25th at 8pm – when the family will be joined by a powerhouse band including Lorne MacDougall, Euan Burton, Finlay Wells and dancer supreme, John Sikorski.

 

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