Ed Miller | The Edinburgh Rambler

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The Edinburgh Rambler

by Ed Miller

A tasteful mixture of old and newer Scottish folksongs
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
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1. Home Away from Home
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2. The Rigs o' Rye
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3. The Edinburgh Rambler
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4. Muir and the Master Builder
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5. Room for Us All in the Dance
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6. Freewheelin' Now
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7. Same Old Story
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8. The Shearin's No' for You
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9. The Silver Darlins
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10. Scots Wha Hae
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11. The Teacher's Rant
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12. The Green and the Blue
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13. The Devil Made Texas
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Originally from Edinburgh Scotland, ED MILLER has been based in Austin for the 2nd half of his life. He is one of the finest singing products of the Scottish folk revival, having progressed from folk clubs and bars in Edinburgh to being in great demand throughout N.America. At the University of Texas, he completed a PhD in Folklore in the 1980’s; but has since graduated to taking his songs, stories and droll humor to festivals, clubs, concerts, Highland Games and schools all over the country. When in Austin, he hosts the “Folkways” show on KUT-FM, a program that has become required listening for Central Texas folk music lovers. In recent years, he has expanded his activities into leading music-oriented tours of his native land; and he has also established a reputation as a fine teacher at events like the Swannanoa Gathering in N.C., Alasdair Fraser’s Valley of the Moon Fiddle Camp, and the Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp.
In his classes, Miller puts the Scottish folksong revival in perspective, following the whole process from traditional source singers to contemporary songwriters to show how this revival has been crucial in the flowering of Scottish cultural identity. “Learn about Scotland through song” is his basic theme.
In the summer of 2003, he was honored by being selected to be a presenter and performer at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the Mall in Washington DC, where Scotland was the featured country, and where over a million people got a taste of his homeland.
If you are looking for nostalgic, Brigadoonish schlock, this is not your man; but if you like good songs sung well, with a healthy mixture of realism and humor, don’t miss this wonderful singer. Miller’s repertoire covers the whole spectrum of Scottish folksong, from old ballads and Robert Burns songs to the more recent compositions of 20th century songwriters, from Adam McNaughtan to Brian McNeill. He has 7 CD’s to his credit, including the most recent and highly-acclaimed “Never Frae My Mind” All these recordings exemplify his skill in picking good songs, and showcase a voice “as strong and satisfying as a good single malt whisky.” Be prepared to join in the
choruses !
www.songsofscotland.com edmiller@songsofscotland.com
2411 w. 8th St, Austin TX 78703 Tel 512-472 6036


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Don Hutchison

Ed is back!
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.

Kim Loftis

Touching, Humorous, Grand Singing
I had the distinct pleasure of seeing Ed Miller perform at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games a few years ago. I was so touched and taken with Ed's performance, especially the achingly beautiful "Muir and the Master Builder", that I purchased this CD from him after the set. Ed has such a fine, rich singing voice, and these songs are in turns upbeat, charming and totally witty. "The Devil Made Texas", which I also got to experience live, is delightfully funny! If you enjoy Scottish music, witty well-written and performed songs and / or fine singing, you'll love Ed Miller! Definitely pick up this CD and support this wonderful artist and this grand Scottish music.