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The Whistlebinkies: Discography


The Whistlebinkies
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  • The Whistlebinkies
    • 1971 - Deacon DEA 1053 LP

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  • Side One
    1. TWA Recruiting Sergeants
    2. Sherrif Muir
    3. Cradle Song
    4. James Conolly
    5. Home Boys Home
  • Side Two
    1. Banks Of The Roses
    2. Admiral Benbow
    3. Sullivan John
    4. Mormon Braes
    5. The Boston Burglar

  • Musicians
    • Geordie McGovern: Banjo, Mandolin
    • Jim Daly: Fiddle
    • Seane McGee: Guitar
    • Michael Broderick: Vocals, Effects
  • Credits
    • Cover Design: Rupert Rex
    • Liner Notes: Jimmy Grimes, B.A. (President of the Glasgow Folk Music Appreciation Society)

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Rote Lieder — 6. Festival Des Politischen Liedes
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  • Rote Lieder — 6. Festival Des Politischen Liedes
    • 1976 - ETERNA 8 15 084 LP

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  • Side One
    1. Mannesmannballade — Peter, Paul Und Barmbek
    2. Scottish Folk Dances — The Whistlebinkies
    3. Auf, Auf Zum Kampf — Perry Friedman
    4. Bjelorusski Woksal — Woronesh
    5. Kampf Dem Schicksal — Rafidain
    6. The Blackleg Miner — Ted McKenna
    7. Poder Popular — Santocas
    8. Ein Friedenslied — Oktoberklub
  • Side Two
    1. Kapitalens Almene Krise — Sören Sidevinds Spillemänd
    2. Se Abriran Las Alamedas — Los Parra De Chile
    3. Freedom — Pete Wyoming
    4. Les Communistes — Pia Colombo
    5. Optimistisches Lied — Schicht
    6. Experienca — Luis Cilia, Pedro Cabral
    7. Nos Vemos En La Habana — Moncada

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The Whistlebinkies Und Ted McKenna
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  • The Whistlebinkies Und Ted McKenna
    • 1977 - AMIGA 8 45 127 LP

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  • Side One
    1. Rattlin' Roarin' Willie
    2. Lament For The Viscount Of Dundee/Duncan McKillop
    3. Champion At Keepin' 'em Rollin' (Ewan McColl)
    4. Neil Gow's Lament For James Moray Of Abercairney/Nine Points Of Roguery
    5. The Haughs O' Cromdale
    6. "Mrs. McGrath" The Sergeant Said
  • Side Two
    1. Selection Of Scottish Folk Dances
    2. The Dirty Blackleg Miner
    3. Brian Boru's March/The Road To Lisdoonvarna
    4. Pig Jig/Morrisons Jig/Do You Want Any More
    5. The Rocky Road To Dublin
    6. Came Ye O'er Frae France?

  • The Whistlebinkies
    • Eddie McGuire: Flute
    • Jim Daly: Fiddle, Vocals
    • Mick Broderick: Vocals, Bodhran
    • Gordon Hitchkiss: Vocals, Concertina
    • Rab Wallace: Highland Bagpipes, Bodhran
  • Musicians
    • Ted McKenna: Vocals & Guitar
  • Credits
    • Producer: Karl Heinz Ocasek
    • Engineer: Gerhard Kossatz
    • Design: Gerd Semder
    • Liner Notes: Jack Mitchell
    • Photography: Gueffroy, Mirschel

Notes

The year before The Whistlebinkies signed up with Claddagh Records they performed at the Festival of Political Song in Berlin, German Democratic Republic, where this photo was taken in February 1976. They made this LP during the visit— with guest Irish singer Ted McKenna and sleeve note essay written by Jack Mitchell who taught at Humboldt University at the time.

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The Whistlebinkies (1)
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  • The Whistlebinkies (1)
    • 1977 - Claddagh Records CC 22 LP

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  • Side One
    1. Jig of Slurs
    2. Haughs O'Cromdale
    3. Fairwell to Nigg
    4. Mrs. McLeod and Friends
    5. The Battle of Sherriffmuir
  • Side Two
    1. Ireland
    2. Brittany
    3. Donald MacGillivray
    4. Sword Dances
    5. The Piper, The Harper, The Fiddler

  • The Whistlebinkies
    • Rab Wallace: Pipes
    • Eddie McGuire: Flute & Alto Flute
    • Rae Siddall: Fiddle
    • Mick Broaderick: Drums & Vocal
  • Musicians
    • Charles Guard: Clarsach
    • Peter Anderson: Drums
  • Credits
    • Recorded in Edinburgh April 1977

Notes

The first of 5 LP albums for Claddagh Records of Dublin, it was recorded in April 1977. Photo was taken by Angus Forbes — on edge of Dumbarton Rock looking out over the Clyde estuary — on May 29, 1977, showing Manx harpist Charles Guard, Mick Broderick, Rab Wallace (Lowland Pipes), Rae Siddall (violin), Eddie McGuire (flute, alto flute) and Peter Anderson (side drum).

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The Whistlebinkies 2
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  • The Whistlebinkies 2
    • 1980 - Claddagh Records CC 31 LP

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  • Side One
    1. Waulkin' O' The Fauld:
      1. The Linen Cap
      2. Ghlass Ault
      3. The Killearn Reel
      4. Waukin' o' the Fauld
      5. The Weaving Reel (McGuire)
    2. The Bonnie Moorhen
    3. The Pipe Strathspey And Reel:
      1. Duncan Johnstone's Strathspey (Rab Wallace)
      2. John Mac Kechnie
      3. Mrs MacPherson of Inveran (G S MacLennan)
    4. The Fiddle Strathspey And Reel:
      1. The Marquis of Huntly's Strathspey (Marshall)
      2. Sir Ronald MacDonald's Reel
      3. The Penny Wedding (Nathaniel Gow)
    5. Phiuthrag'sa Phiuthar (Sister O Sister)
    6. Broderick's Bodhran:
      1. Andrew Wallace (Rab Wallace)
      2. Broderick's Bodhran (Rab Wallace)
  • Side Two
    1. Great Is The Cause Of My Sorrow
    2. The Pipe March:
      1. John MacDonald of Glencoe (William Lawrie)
      2. Mrs MacDonald of Dunach (William Lawrie)
    3. Gealach Nan Eilean (Island Moon)
    4. The Fossil Grove:
      1. The Fossil Grove (Bob Nelson)
      2. Sir John Henderson (Niel Gow)
      3. Miss Hannah's Jig (Marshall)
      4. The Sailor's Wife
    5. Freedom Come All Ye (Hamish Henderson)

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  • Musicians
    • Eddie McGuire: Flute
    • Rab Wallace: Lowland Pipes
    • Rhona Mac Kay: Clarsach and Vocal
    • Mick Broderick: Drums and Vocal
    • Bob Nelson: Fiddle
    • Peter Anderson: Scottish Side Drum
  • Credits
    • All tracks arranged by the Whistlebinkies and published by Woodtown Music Publications Limited
    • Produced by the Whistlebinkies for Claddagh Records Limited, Teach an Dama, Sraid an Dania, Baile Atha, Cliath 2, Eire
    • Recorded at Castle Sound Studios, Pencaitland, East Lothian, and the Electronic Music Studio, Glasgow University, Scotland, between April 1979 and January 1980
    • Engineers: Calum Malcolm and Dave MacKenzie
    • Cover painting, A Whistlebinkie by John Bellany
    • Typographical design by Peter Wildbur Associates
    • Artistic Director: Garech a Brim

Sleeve Notes

Waukin' o' the Fauld — The best way to open a new recording is with a celebration … the Waukin' o' the Fauld is just that. The literal meaning of this broad Scots title is the watching over the fold of sheep at the time oflambing. This all night vigil often turned into hours of revelry and we've tried to capture that spirit here. The three reels, The Linen Cap, Ghlass Ault, and The Killearn Reel, build up into the title tune finally interlaced with Eddie McGuire's composition The Weaving Reel.

The Bonnie Moorhen — This beautiful song comes from the Jacobite period of Scottish history and is one of the many songs of double meaning and disguise from that time. It describes the fugitive Prince being hunted in the hills by Government forces. The colours referred to are those of the old Stuart tartan, and the moorhen is the Prince himself.

The Pipe Strathspey and Reel — This musical form has developed to such a high level of technical and melodic merit that the original dance tunes have become music primarily for listening. A feature to notice here is the close articulation of the melody by the side drum. Duncanjohnstone's Strathspey, a recent composition by Rab Wallace, is followed by two reels, the ancient John Mac Kechnie and G. S. Mac Lennan's modern classic Mrs Mac Pherson of Inveran. This was one of his last tunes and though a reel, has a tinge of sadness about it.

The Fiddle Strathspey and Reel — Scotland's Golden Age of fiddling, the 18th century, produced three outstanding personalities, William Marshall, Niel Gow and his son Nathaniel. From the Gow Collection of Fiddle Music we take three tunes : The Marquis of Huntly's Strathspey, by Marshall, the traditional Sir Ronald Mac Donald's Reel, and The Penny Wedding, by Nathaniel Gow. Aptly for us, penny or pauper's weddings were frequented by wandering minstrels, whistle-binkies, who sat on a bench playing for their supper.

Phiútharag 'sa Phiuthar (Sister, Oh Sister) — A young girl walking in the hills hears the far off sound of her lost sister calling to her, telling her she will walk in the hills no more; she is trapped in a small house beneath the ground and all the waters of the hills fall over her.

Broderick's Bodhran — Luckily our traditional music still survives as a living art form and an important part of this is the composing of new music that is original but still within the traditional idiom. This recently written piece by Rab Wallace is basically two reels Andrew Wallace and Broderick's Bodhrcin. As the title suggests the drummers are featured in the final tune.

Great is the Cause of My Sorrow — Our arrangement of this haunting Gaelic lament shows how it can be an emotionally stirring tune as well as a tender melody. From the total blend of the instruments, with pipe harmony and rippling clarsach, the tune is left in turn to fiddle and flute, to die away finally in the clarsach's last sad harmonics. This tune is often known as Murt Ghlinne Comhann (The lament for Glencoe).

The Pipe March — The fiddle may have given the pipes the strathspey but there is no doubt the tables have turned here. The Pipe March is now part of every Scottish fiddler's repertoire, so repaying the debt in full. The two tunes are John Mac Donald of Glencoe and Mrs Mac Donald of Dunach both composed by William Lawrie who died following injury in the Great War in 1916.

Gealach nan Eilean (Island Moon) — Picture the scene as the clarsach, the oldest of our traditional instruments creates images of wind, sea and moonlight. Rhona Mac Kay, former principal harper with the Scottish National Orchestra, captures the mood fully, needing no help from the rest of us.

The Fossil Grove — Bob Nelson was walking through The Fossil Grove, an archaeological site in a Glasgow park, when this first air came to him. He follows his own composition with three jigs from the Gow Collection, Sirjohn Henderson, by Niel Gow, Miss Hannah's jig, by William Marshall, and the traditional jig The Sailor's Wife.

Freedom Come All Ye — Hamish Henderson* is a renowned collector of Scottish songs, tunes and folklore, and lectures on the subject in Edinburgh. He also writes songs and this is a magnificent example of his work. Using the broad Scots tongue and the pipe tune The Bloody Fields of Flanders he presents a contemporary theme of hope, amid the turmoil in the world today, condemning the 'Scottish soldier' image and looking forward to the day when ideas of men like John MacLean come to fruition.


Notes

The second LP for Claddagh Records in 1980 saw the start of a collaboration with artist John Bellany and Claddagh's artistic director Garech Browne to create cover paintings or extracts from his work. This one is titled 'A Whistlebinkie'.

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The Whistlebinkies 3
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  • The Whistlebinkies 3
    • 1981 - Claddagh Records CC 34 LP

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  • Side One
    1. The Island Jigs:
      1. The Lewis Jig
      2. Duncan MacKillop
      3. Granny Macleod
    2. The Twa Corbies
    3. The Ladies' Hornpipe:
      1. The Ladies' Hornpipe/Lowe's (Marshall)
      2. Duncan Johnstone (Donald Macleod)
    4. Stuart's Fancy:
      1. Nathaniel Gow's Lament for the Death of his Brother (Nathaniel Gow)
      2. Glenlivet/The Three Peaks of South Uist (John Scott)
    5. Ane Ground
    6. The Sheepwife
  • Side Two
    1. The Whistlebinkies' Reel:
      1. Clean Pease Strae
      2. The Keel Row
      3. The Bowmore Reel (or Miss Girdle)
      4. The Whistlebinkies' Reel (Rab Wallace)
      5. Devonshire Terrace (Rab Wallace)
    2. There'll Never Be Peace Until Jamie Comes Hame
    3. Music of Ireland (Ceol na hEíreann):
      1. The Hare in the Corn
      2. The Road to Lisdoonvarna
      3. Ar Eirinn Ní Neosfainn Cé hÍ (For Ireland I'll Not Tell Her Name)
      4. The Killarney Boys of Pleasure
      5. Jackie Coleman's Reel
      6. Farewell to Erin
    4. MacBeth (Eddie McGuire)

  • The Whistlebinkies
    • Peter Anderson: Scottish Side Drum
    • Mick Broderick: Bodhran, Vocals
    • Stuart Eydmann: Fiddle, Concertinas
    • Mark Hayward: Fiddle
    • Eddie McGuire: Flute
    • Rhona MacKay: Clarsach
    • Rab Wallace: Lowland Pipes
  • Credits
    • Produced by The Whistlebinkies
    • Recorded September-Ocotober 1981 at Ca Va Studios, Glasgow
    • Engineer: Cy Jack
    • All tracks traditional, unless otherwise noted.

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The Whistlebinkies 4
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  • The Whistlebinkies 4
    • 1985 - Claddagh Records CC 43 LP

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  • Side One
    1. The Lowland Jigs:
      1. The Low Country Jig
      2. The Lads o' Dunse
      3. Woo'ed an Married an' A'
      4. I Hae a Wife o' My Ain
      5. Follow Her O'er the Border
    2. Sir John Fenwick
    3. A Change of Tune:
      1. An Cota Ruadh (The Redcoat)
      2. Reel of Bogie
      3. The Fiddler (D Macleod)
      4. Miss Victoria Ross
      5. Bellany's Brush (Stuart Eydmann)
      6. Mairin Ni Dhubhain (Stuart Eydmann)
      7. The Straits of Corfu (Eddie McGuire)
      8. Pipe Major Calum Campbell (PM Angus MacDonald)
    4. Ailein Duinn (Brown-haired Alan)
    5. MacDonald of the Isles
  • Side Two
    1. Highland River:
      1. Highland River (Eddie McGuire)
      2. The Rubic Cube (Roddy MacDonald)
    2. Briezh (Brittany)
      1. Gwerz An Ene Reiz
      2. Person Plouergat
      3. An Dro
    3. Hebridean Marches:
      1. Dr Hugh Alexander Low of Tiree (Hugh Campbell)
      2. Father John MacMillan of Barra (Norman MacDonald)
    4. For A' That and A' That (Burns)

  • The Whistlebinkies
    • Peter Anderson: Scottish Side Drum
    • Mick Broderick: Bodhran, Vocals
    • Stuart Eydmann: Fiddle, Concertinas
    • Mark Hayward: Fiddle
    • Eddie McGuire: Flute
    • Judith Peacock: Clarsach, Vocals
    • Rab Wallace: Lowland Pipes, Scottish Small Pipes
  • Credits
    • Produced by The Whistlebinkies & Cy Jack
    • Recorded February 1985 at Ca Va Sound Workshops, Glasgow
    • Engineer: Cy Jack
    • All tracks traditional, unless otherwise noted.

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The Whistlebinkies 5
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  • The Whistlebinkies 5
    • 1988 - Claddagh Records CC 50 LP
Anniversary
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  • Anniversary
    • 1991 - Claddagh CC54CD CD

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  • Track List:
    1. Farewell to Nigg
    2. The Piper, The Harper and the Fiddler
    3. Great is the Cause of my Sorrow
    4. The Fiddle Strathspey and Reel
    5. Macbeth
    6. The Island Jigs
    7. The Whistlebinkies' Reel
    8. Ane Ground
    9. Sir John Fenwick
    10. Ailein Duinn
    11. MacDonald of the Isles
    12. Dominic McGowan
    13. The Fiddlers' Farewell
    14. The Winter It Is Past
    15. Dogs Among The Bushes
    16. Rattlin' Roarin' Willie
    17. Barlinnie Highlander
    18. A Change of Tune

Notes

This is a compilation of tracks from The Whistlebinkies five Claddagh LPs — see above.

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Inner Sound
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  • Inner Sound
    • 1991 - Lochshore (KLR) CDLOC1063 CD

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  • Track List:
    1. Inner Sound (Eddie McGuire)
    2. The Christening Piece: (Stuart Eydmann/Donald MacLeod/Traditional)
      1. MacLeod Of Mull
      2. Bonny At Morn
      3. The Christening Piece
    3. A Reel Strathspey & Reel: (Eydmann/McGuire/Wallace)
      1. The Lost Boys
      2. The Montrose 500
      3. Miss Valerie Wallace
      4. Peter MacLeod's Reel
      5. The Boston Cuffes
    4. Beloved Gregor (Griogal Cridhe)
    5. Óran Mór (Rab Wallace)
    6. Isle Of Barra March (Duncan Johnstone)
    7. The Tryst (James MacMillan/William Soutar)
    8. The Piper's Controversy: (John and R.S. MacDonald)
      1. The Piper's Controversy
      2. The Piping College
      3. Summerside P.E.I.
    9. Theme From Etain (Eddie McGuire)
    10. Bright Love Of My Heart (Grádh Geal Mo Chridhe)
    11. Quicksteps:
      1. Follow My Highland Soldier
      2. 72nd's Farewell To Aberdeen
      3. Campbell's Farewell to Redcastle Barren Rocks Of Aden

  • The Whistlebinkies
    • Peter Anderson: Drums
    • Mike Broderick: Bodhrán
    • Stuart Eydmann: Concertina, Fiddle
    • Marjorie Hayward: Fiddle
    • Rab Wallace: Lowland Pipes, Scottish Small Pipes
    • Eddie McGuire: Flute, Piccolo
    • Judith Peacock: Clarsach, Vocals
  • Musicians
    • James MacMillan: Vocals, Whistle
  • Credits
    • Producer: Cy Jack & The Whistlebinkies
    • Recorded at CaVa Sound Workshops, Glasgow
    • Engineer: Cy Jack
    • Cover Photo: Colin Baxter

Notes

This is the last The Whistlebinkies album with founding member, Mick Broderick.

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A Wanton Fling
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  • A Wanton Fling
    • 1994 - Greentrax CDTRAX 095 CD

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  • Track List:
    1. Pipers' Jigs:
      1. The Seagull
      2. The Skyeman's Jig
      3. The Judge's Dilemma
    2. Ay Waukin, O/The Marquis O Hastings' Strathpey/London's Bonnie Woods And Braes
    3. Whistlebinkies Jig: Kenny Gilles Of Portnalong; The Whistlebinkies Jig
    4. Hó-Ró Mo Chuachag (Ho-ro My Young Girl)
    5. Dunkeld Bridge:
      1. Major Graham Of Inchbrackie
      2. Miss Stewart Of Grantully
      3. Miss Menzies
      4. Dunkeld Bridge
    6. Cam' Ye O'er Frae France
    7. Taladh (Lullaby)
    8. Farewell To Muirhead's:
      1. Wallace's Farewell To Kurutau
      2. Farewell To Muirhead's
    9. Deireadh Leave, 1940 (The End Of Leave, 1940)
    10. Wee Eddie Reel/Keltan's Reel/Loch An Duin/MacFarlane's Reel/A' Bhanais Ghaidhealach (The Highland Wedding)/Willie Davie
    11. Wanton Fling:
      1. I'll Gang Nae Mair To Yon Town
      2. Stumpie
      3. Teribus
    12. A' Bhalsa Mu Dheireadh (The Last Waltz):
      1. M'eudail, Is M'aighear 'S Mo Ghradh (My Love, My Joy, My Treasure)
      2. Fear A' Bhata (The Boatman)
      3. Dream Angus (Na 'M Bu Leam Fhin Thu)
      4. An t-Alltan Dubh
      5. Mo Shuil 'Ad Dheidh

  • The Whistlebinkies
    • Peter Anderson: Scottish Side-Drum, Bodhrán, Percussion
    • Annaliese Dagg: Viola, Fiddle
    • Stuart Eydmann: Fiddle, Concertina
    • Mark Hayward: Fiddle
    • Eddie MacGuire: Flute, Piccolo, Clarsach
    • Judith Peacock: Clarsach, Vocals
    • Rab Wallace: Lowland Pipes, Scottish Smallpipes
  • Musicians
    • James MacMillan: Vocals, Whistle
  • Credits
    • Producer: Jim Sutherland
    • Recorded October 1995 at Castle CaVa Studios, Pencaitland, East Lothian, Scotland
    • Liner Notes: James Gilchrist
    • Cover Design: John Haxby

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Timber Timbre
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  • Timber Timbre
    • 1999 - Greentrax CDTRAX 159 CD

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  • Track List:
    1. Nuair A Bha Mi Óg (When I Was Young)/Short Coated Mary and Dewra Castle (A. M. Cairns)
    2. The Sailor’s Wife/The Earl of Dumore
    3. Eilean Scalpaigh Na Hearadh (Island of Scaplay, Harris) (words by Iain Moireasdan of Scalpay/music by Gilleasbuig Grannd)
    4. John Roy Stewart/Sandy’s New Chanter (Pipe Major Tom McAllister Jnr.)
    5. Tha mulad, tha mulad (Sadness is mine) (words traditional, translated by Morag MacLeod)
    6. Achmore Loch (Alex M. MacIver of Lewis)/The Hills of Kintail (Donald MacLeod)
    7. The Tryst (William Soutar of Perth/James MacMillan)
    8. The Mason’s Apron
    9. A China Set:
      1. The Little Herding Boy (Xiao mu tong)
      2. Purple Bamboo Melody (Zi zhu diao)
    10. My Wife’s a Drunkard
    11. Moran’s Return

  • Whistlebinkies
    • Peter Anderson: Scottish Side-Drum, Bodhrán, Percussion
    • Annaliese Dagg: Viola, Fiddle
    • Stuart Eydmann: Fiddle, Concertinas
    • Mark Hayward: Fiddle
    • Eddie McGuire: Flute, Piccolo, Clársach
    • Judith Peacock: Clársach, Vocals
    • Rab Wallace: Lowland Pipes, Scottish Smallpipes
  • Musicians
    • James MacMillan: Vocals, Whistle [Track: 10]
  • Credits
    • Produced by Cy Jack & The Whistlebinkies
    • Recorded and mastered at Waterfront Studios, Glasgow, Scotland, 1998.
    • Engineer: Cy Jack
    • Photography by Ken Mellin
    • Sleeve Design by The Art Surgery

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Albannach
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  • Albannach
    • 2006 - Greentrax CDTRAX288 CD

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  • Track List:
    1. Loch Ness Monster
    2. Wendel's Wedding (Tony Cuffe)
    3. Farewell to St Kilda
    4. Donald MacLennan's Tuning Phrase
    5. The Albannach (from the incidental music by Eddie McGuire for the 7:84 Theatre Group play)
    6. Ceilidh Lines
    7. Muntanyes de Canigo (Catalan melody)
    8. Toys and Brooches (Alastair McDonald, poem by Robert Louis Stevenson)
    9. Coronach (Rab Wallace)
    10. On the High Road to Linton
    11. The Shepherdess
    12. My Bonnie Moorhen
    13. Captain Celtic (Ann Gray)

  • Whistlebinkies
    • Peter Anderson: Scottish Side-Drum, Bodhrán, Percussion
    • Stuart Eydmann: Concertinas, Fiddle, Percussion
    • Mark Hayward: Fiddle
    • Iain Crawford: Double Bass
    • Rhona MacKay: Clarsach, Voice
    • Annaliese Dagg: Viola, Fiddle
    • Rab Wallace: Lowland Pipes, Scottish Smallpipes
    • Eddie McGuire: Flute, Piccolo
  • Credits
    • Recorded at The Mixing Rooms and CaVa Sound Workshops, Glasgow

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