Compact Discs & DVDs
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We have a small range of CDs in stock including some Pipe Bands, accordion and other Scottish music and the following:-
Shanties & Sea SongsThe Maritime Crew
Visit the Maritime Crew website: www.maritimecrew.co.nz
DVDs in stock
Highland Cathedral - The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards : $39.99
Dancing with the Shands:- Jimmy Shand Jnr Band with Jimmy Shand $45.00
Waipu - the search for paradise (currently out of print)
On Songs For Christmas Emily presents a beautifully crafted album of original and traditional material drawn from her folk background. Forgotten gems such as the ancient Scots 'Christ Has My Hairt, Ay' (lyrics trad/music Alan Reid) and the soulful traditional American ballad 'Heard From Heaven Today' feature alongside contemporary covers and popular carols. Smith's songwriting also features with two originals 'Winter Song' and the single 'Find Hope'.
Joining Emily on 'Songs For Christmas' are regular collaborators: Jamie McClennan (fiddle, guitar, vocals), Matheu Watson (guitars, viola) and Ross Hamilton (bass, drums, vocals).
The material for Songs For Christmas has been written and collected over the last few years in response to the popularity of Emily's annual Christmas show held in her home region of Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland. Growing every year the show has developed into a tour of the region and in 2016 will be going nationwide. In Songs For Christmas Emily has created an album of songs that inspire, comfort and celebrate Christmas and the winter season. The album was recorded and co-produced by Jamie McClennan who has worked with Emily since the beginning of her career. Co-produced and mixed by Brandon Bell in Zac Brown's studio 'Southern Ground Nashville'.
Emily continues to draw on her talent as one of the finest interpreters of traditional song in the UK presenting an album that is unshakeably Scottish but with farther, wider horizons. New settings of time worn texts weave beautifully alongside contemporary covers blurring the borders of old and new.
Backed by her talented band of Jamie McClennan (guitar), Matheu Watson (guitar), Signy Jakobsdottir (percussion) and Ross Hamilton (bass) the album also features a line up of special guests including Jerry Douglas, Kris Drever, Tim Edey, Aoife O'Donovan, Natalie Haas and Rory Butler.
To celebrate Emily’s 10th anniversary as a full time folkie she presents ‘Ten Years’ a compilation album of tracks selected from albums so far with new and updated versions of old favourites such as ‘A Day like Today’, previously unreleased tracks and two bonus live tracks. This is the perfect soundtrack to showcase Emily’s career so far.
Smith’s new release, Traiveller’s Joy, features songs written on the road throughout 2010 blending alongside traditional material sourced from the travelling people of Scotland. Emily continues to draw inspiration from her home area of rural Dumfriesshire but this release sees her writing from a more personal viewpoint than before.
Perfectly complimenting Smith’s vocals are guest musicians on fiddle, guitar, bouzouki, percussion, flute and double bass with Emily also backing on piano and accordion.
Covers include Rick Kemp’s ‘Somewhere Along the Road’, which Emily recently performed on BBC1’s ‘Songs of Praise' and ‘Waltzing’s For Dreamers’ by Richard Thompson, whom Emily opened for on his UK tour in 2009 and was subsequently featured at London’s Meltdown Festival 2010 during his year as curator.
Jamie's debut album is as much a collection of his own tunes as it is a musical journey. All the tunes on the album were written by Jamie whilst either on tour in various locations around the globe or in one of the two countries he calls home, NZ and Scotland, hence the name 'In Transit'.
Hear audio samples and visit the Emily or Jamie's site at http://www.emilysmith.org & http://www.jamiemcclennan.com
There is a happy, optimistic feel to this album. There are no broken hearts, no sad endings, just songs celebrating love, beauty and good times. From the delicate ‘Gowden Locks o Anna’ which Burns said was “the best love song I ever composed in my life” to the jolly ‘Whistle o’er the Lave o it’, Smith and McClennan display their versatility as a duo occasionally underpinned by the bass skills of Duncan Lyall. Their imaginative choice of instrumentation and approach to arranging ensures each tracks sounds fresh to the listener’s ear be it original Burns or new settings of songs such as their powerful ‘Soldier’s Return’ and lullaby version of ‘Lassie Lie Near Me’.
250 years on Burns’ work still continues to inspire and entertain people all over the world. The sentiment of songs such as ‘A Man’s A Man For A’ That’ still rings true with what we strive for in our lives today. He must have been a man full of charm and charisma but also a humble man who knew struggles and poverty in life all too well.
With her third studio album ‘Too Long Away’ Emily presents five traditional tracks alongside five self-penned songs, cementing her success as one of Scotland’s finest interpreters of traditional song but also as a leading songwriter in the Scottish music scene.
Much of the inspiration for this album comes from her move back to rural South West Scotland where she continues her use of local history and folklore as a source for her writing in tracks such as ‘Old Mortality’ and ‘The Mermaid of Galloway’. Dumfriesshire’s ever changing landscape also plays a part sparking her inspiration to create the beautiful ‘Winter Song’ and thought provoking ‘Audience of Souls’ written in a local graveyard.
Unlike previous albums, there are no instrumental tracks on Too Long Away but Emily’s accordion and piano still feature on several songs including her folk-rock take on the ballad ‘May Colven’ and upbeat version of Tony Cuffe’s ‘Caledonia’.
Emily’s second album ‘A Different Life’ was her follow up to the well-received ‘A Day Like Today’. It is an album full of variety.
There are several of Emily’s own songs such as ‘Always A Smile’, written for her Polish grandmother, and ‘Edward of Morton’, a tragic tale from Emily’s native Dumfriesshire. Emily has also re-worked several traditional songs and given a new feel to many by giving the words melodies of her own. Amongst the songs are three instrumental sets, a slow air written by Emily and two up beat sets largely consisting of tunes penned by Emily’s regular fiddle player, Jamie McClennan.
Though very much a song based album Emily’s accordion and piano feature throughout on both tune sets and songs. With so many musicians performing many of the tracks inevitably have a ‘big’ sound but the album is well balanced with sparser tracks such as ‘The Lowlands of Holland’ and Emily’s unaccompanied singing on ‘Far O’er the Forth’.
In total there are ten musicians featured on the album. Complimenting Emily’s vocals are Brian Finnegan on flute and whistles and Jamie McClennan on fiddle. Steve Byrne (Guitar/Bouzouki/Cittern), Duncan Lyall (Double Bass), Martin O Neill (Bodhran) and Paul Jennings (Percussion) provide a rhythmic backbone to many of the tracks. Sarah Murray (Cello), Jonna Inge (Viola) and Hamish Napier on backing vocals give a beautiful touch to ’Strong Winds For Autumn’ in particular.
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