More (Mostly) Folk Music

Alastair McDonald   •  Music Of The Highlands

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  • Music Of The Highlands
    • 1977 - Emerald GES 1178 LP (UK)
  • Side One
    1. The Gypsy Laddie (Trad. Arr. MacDonald)
    2. The Early Morning Worker (Davidson)
    3. Jamie Raeburn (Trad. Arr. MacDonald)
    4. Melville Castle (Trad. Arr. MacDonald)
    5. The Sylkie (The Seal) (Trad. Arr. MacDonald)
    6. Music of The Highlands (Norton, McGrath)
  • Side Two
    1. Bonnie Ship the Diamond (Trad. Arr. MacDonald)
    2. Get Up, Get Out (McLean)
    3. The Exile Song (McLean)
    4. Kirsteen (Corrie)
    5. Perfervidum (Berwick)
    6. Street Songs (Trad. Arr. MacDonald)
    7. Rory Mor's Lament (Trad. Arr. MacDonald)

  • Musicians
    • Alastair MacDonald: Vocals, Guitars, Banjo, Mouth-Organ
    • Dave Pringle: Keyboards
    • Ronnie Rae: Bass, Bass Guitar
    • Murray Smith: Drums, Percussion
  • Credits
    • Produced by Pete Kerr
    • Recorded at Castle Sound, Edinburgh, August 1977
    • Engineer: Calum Malcolm
    • Cover Photography by Vista, Glasgow
    • © 1977, Emerald Records Limited.

Sleeve Notes

Alastair MacDonald is Scotland's most versatile and musically-talented singer/entertainer.

He is also one of the country's most popular TV stars, with his fourth "SONGS OF SCOTLAND" BBC TV series currently being recorded, and his first "ALASTAIR" BBC TV series already being shown for the second time in a year!

In addition to his easy-going and naturally-cheery personality, what sets Alastair apart from his singing contemporaries is his ability to inject a unique and instantly-recognisable style into everything he performs, — a rare gift. He is also a really excellent musician, doing all the guitar work on his own recording sessions, involving considerable multi-tracking. Although he has been described as a Scottish folk singer (he received the 1977 Scotstar Award as top-selling recording artiste in the Folk Section), Alastair MacDonald is, of course, much more than just a singer of folk songs. Yet those which he does sing benefit greatly from the MacDonald magic.

If there is a secret to Alastair's success, it could be that he simply enjoys his music … and never more than when in the company of musicians of the calibre of Dave Pringle and his men, to whom Alastair extends his gratitude for all their help in the making of this fine album.

Pete Kerr