Chief Maclean, MacIain Gheàrr and Fingal's Cave

from by Scot AnSgeulaiche with Rena Gertz and Margaret Bennett

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    The first release of traditional Tales and harp by Highland Storyteller, Scot AnSgeulaiche. This collection contains music, song, Tale and features guest vocalists Rena Gertz and Margaret Bennett. The Highland and Scottish west coast tradition blends with electro-acoustic and ambient studio techniques. Many of the recordings having been made live in the now rare Highland Cèilidh. This limited edition, hand-numbered CD (200) comes with a 6 page booklet uncovering the songs and Tales.

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This Tale features the ancestor of my patron, Chief Maclean of Duart. The English version was recorded in the banqueting hall on one of my visits to Duart in 2015. The first harp melody is my wife, Sam, playing harp in the wind. This gives way to the central tune of Fingal's Cave which I learnt through Natalie Macmaster. It’s named for a great sea-cave on the island of Staffa, a basaltic rock once the centre of the Mull volcano. The four location recordings are: a skylark at Cnoc Filibhear Beag, the finest stone circle in Celtdom; the surf I recorded at Bagh na Curragh, Iona, a neighbouring island to Staffa; the hollow drone sound at the start of Fingal's Cave (4:36) is wind in railings at Kilt Rock, another basaltic formation, this time on Skye; the final recording is a curlew, the most evocative of west coast sounds, recorded not by the sea, but in the Angus hills, miles from the sea.


from Gàir nan Clàrsach - The Harps' Cry, released March 3, 2016


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With a foot in each camp of Science and Religion, Scot AnSgeulaiche combines Highland traditional music and Tale with electro-acoustic treatment. He is a Seanachaidh, or teller of Tales, from the west coast of Scotland.

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