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The Gathering

by Brigid Mhairi

With her debut album Brigid Mhairi seeks to bring Scottish folk to a new audience- 12 folk tunes with a live acoustic feel which pay homage to the authors.
Genre: Folk: Scottish Traditional
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2. Wild Mountain Thyme
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3. Amazing Grace
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4. Ae Fond Kiss
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5. Jamie Come Try Me
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6. The Dark Island
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7. Mhairi's Wedding
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8. Loch Lomond
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9. Massacre of Glencoe
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10. Peggy Gordon
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11. Red Red Rose
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12. Winter It Is Past
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Gathering is full circle for me. I started singing publicly with a song by Robert Burns, went on to do videos for YouTube, performed pop, blues and reggae live in Edinburgh, and now I am releasing my debut album of Scottish folk music.

The whole process sort of fell together. :) While gigging with Doc Rodent, our dirty blues band and also with Curious Earl, our indie rock band, I was often told that I should sing more folk music. And then I started performing that music for Prestonfield House in Edinburgh.

Together with my partner Richard Dunn who is my producer (as well as guitarist, backing vocalist and all around band) I have recorded 12 songs from traditional folk music which I love. Each song has its own special story for me:

Caledonia by the superlative Dougie MacLean is a song I first sang at a memorial service for a friend and is dedicated to him. A donation to a charity in his memory is made for every album sold.

Wild Mountain Thyme has always been a tricky one for me but now doing it as a duet with Richard I am happy with it. It is also one of the songs I sing at Prestonfield.

Amazing Grace is a family favourite and I wanted to do it stripped back, without the usual riffs. I also chose to sing an often forgotten verse by John Newton which, I think, makes sense of his feelings of remorse better than any other.

Ae Fond Kiss, though very traditional, is a really pretty love song and I always wanted to sing it. Robert Burns is a man for all seasons and his poetry is as current today as it was then.

Jamie Come Try Me is another Robert Burns song which I spent a long time with. It is very simple but it is not. With Richard's guitar acting as beat I think it is perfect.

The Dark Island is typical of Scottish folk music and is all about homesickness. It is about Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides but it can be about any childhood home dear to the heart. David Silver penned the words for a 1963 film of the same name.

Mhairi's Wedding is my song. Well, for my wedding. It features Richard whistling among other things. A bit of fun really. ;)

Loch Lomond tells the story of a killed Scottish soldier who cannot return by the high road and must take the low road in order to return to Scotland. However he mourns the fact that he will never see his lassie again.

Massacre of Glencoe is by Jim MacLean and made famous by The Corries. It tells the tale of the act of treachery by the Campbells against the MacDonalds, their hosts. I sing this six times a week but I still feel the sadness.

Peggy Gordon, really a Canadian folk tune, is a song I first encountered as sung by The Secret Sisters with The Chieftains. Another great version is by The Corries who gave it that typical Scottish twist which is why I love Scottish music.

Red Red Rose by Robert Burns is my second duet with Richard and, of course, is another love song. Or- poem actually.

The last song, Winter It Is Past, is also by Robert Burns. Though not well known it is among my favourite for a variety of reasons but mainly for the tune. It is so pretty.

I had immense help from Richard in this and also want to thank my family for being so supportive throughout the production. And I want to thank you for taking the time to read about my passion.


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Molly Mackenzie

I love it! Live AND capable of being on repeat!
Having heard Brigid perform live I didn't know what to expect of a studio recording but was more than delighted. This is more than a studio album- this is how music SHOULD sound- live, alive and very real. Yes, it is live. VERY (a)live!

Brigid is an exceptional storyteller with a voice like an angel but a wit as well. Her honesty of emotion and presence are not lost on the listener in Loch Lomond and Ae Fond Kiss and her personality shines through with the like of Caledonia (which is so hard to cover as Dougie MacLean is a master beyond compare) Mhairi's Wedding, and the earthy Jamie Come Try Me. Her choice of songs to pay tribute to some of the finest songwriters is considered and eclectic and her interpretation very aesthetically pleasing to the ear.

Richard Dunn, producing and performing with Brigid is a master and clearly understands his artist better than most. He offers support in all the right places and shines in his solos. Listen for his harmonies in Mhairi's Wedding and the impromptu whistling.

All in all a wonderfully enjoyable live listening experience with the added bonus of being able to hit "repeat". Makes me want to go hear them perform live again!

Drookit

The Gathering-Brigid Mhairi & Richard Dunn
While searching for versions of old Scottish songs, I happened onto a very young Brigid ,and was amazed byby her voice. A bit of searching , led me to her other work and I have been folloeing her since. It was interesting to watch the growth of these young artists. I really like that this album was recorded straight , with no tricks, you are listening to an honest down to earth performance, right down to the rolled R's of Scottish accents. Caledonia is the song that first introduced me to Brigid , and soon after I found her early performance of Dark Island, one of my all time favorites.
Brigids soft expressive voice and mellow soulful sadness of Richard's guitar will likely have you in tears when you listen to the Massacre of Glencoe , especially if you are Scottish.
This is one you'll want to treasure if you like folk music performed down to earth and straight out the way it should be. I hope you find as much enjoyment in their music as I have.
BTW Brigid is also a n awesome blues singer ..so keep a lookout for more...
all the best.....Drookit
( now where's that umbrella!! ;)