Ed Miller | Many's the Fine Tale

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Many's the Fine Tale

by Ed Miller

Scottish singer with a rich voice singing everything from traditional ballads to contemporary Scots songs.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. Gie the Fiddler a Dram
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2. The Last Trip Home
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3. The Lads O' the Fair
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4. The Band O' Shearers
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5. Jock Stewart
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6. The Wide Rio Grande
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7. All We Can Call Oor Ain
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8. Spring Song
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9. Never Tire of the Road
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10. Bunclody
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11. Lassie O' the Morning
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12. The Wild West Show
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13. My Love Is Like a Red Red Rose
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The latest release from Texas-based Scottish singer Ed Miller - this is another collaboration between Miller and Brian McNeill, one of the giants of Scottish folk music on all levels. 4 of the songs are by McNeill, and he adds his wonderful instrumental skills and arrangements to Miller's gorgeous voice. There are also 4 traditional songs in the mix, along with more recent ones by the likes of Andy Irvine, Jack Foley, Davy Steele and John Watt. Other fine musicians adding to this powerful recipe include guitar maestro Rich Brotherton (lead guitar with the Robert Earl Keen Band) and Scots fiddler John Taylor.

Miller has made some cracking recordings in the past; but this is the best yet. Originally from Edinburgh, Miller has lived the 2nd half of his life based in Austin TX, and travels throughout N.America singing at clubs, concerts, Burns Suppers, Highgland Games etc, and teaching at various folk camps (he has a PhD in Folklore and a sly sense of humor.


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Celtic MP3s Music Magazine

Masterful tale of Scottish music
Ed Miller is absolutely amazing. I've been a fan of his for years. It was his live CD that really turned me onto his music, but his latest album, "Many's the Fine Tale" is an absolute gem. Working with Brian McNeill, he's come up with a brilliant mix of Scottish traditional and contemporary songs mixed in his love of the American West. "Gie the Fiddler a Dram", "The Band O'Shearers", and "Jock Stewart" are three of my favorite tracks, but it's the incredible story of "The Wide Rio Grande" that really chokes me up as Ed sings about the challenges every immigrant faces when moving to America, be they Mexican... or Scottish!

john r owens

humor and beauty
if you like drinking a lovely voice you will like this even if you dont like scotish.

Don Hutchison

Back again with another beauty
Ed Miller is a Scottish singer/songwriter who produces great music, great stories, has great friends (some of the most famous in the Celtic vocal tradition), and a wonderful Scottish sense of humor. Unfortunately for us, he and other Celtic vocal performers seem to be a disappearing breed. The "vocal" tradition seems to be getting lost as most of the new young singers belong to "traditional" bands. The number of young, new traditional Celtic music bands (including the "Celtic rock" bands) is wonderful, but the passing of Tommy Makem, and the present ages of so many Celtic troubadours makes it alarmingly clear that there are few replacements on the horizon. This will eventually mean that the music and folklore of the songs will ultimately result in great losses of the traditions that are kept alive by the likes of Ed Miller, Brian McNeill, Davy Steele, Ian MacIntosh, Andy M. Stewart, Seamus Kennedy, Jim Malcolm, Tom Sweeney, and others who are products of the "house hooleys" and ceilidhs.

Ed is a wonderful example of the vocal tradition that means so much to the Celtic heritage and history. His wonderful voice as well as his treatment of the the old and new folksongs (many of which he has authored himself) is inspiring to those who love the music. And while he takes the music very seriously, his humor and wit make his performances all the more inviting. The stories that he tells, while sometimes funny are also researched (Ed holds a PhD in folklore) and very interesting. An evening with Ed, whether just listening to one of his seven CD's or at a live performance is always rewarding.

This review is applicable to each of Ed's seven CD's. If you buy one, you will probably want them all as each one is a super addition to your collection. Most importantly, support for Ed and his counterparts helps to support the vocal tradition at a time that is critical to it's survival. Enjoy and support this terrific artist.

Ann Hoff

Great musicians, great material.
I've become a big fan of Ed Miller. His love of the land
comes through in this CD, with his song writing and the songs of others that he selects. His talent makes the listening pleasurable and fun.