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McCalmans - Keepers (1999) Retail CD
A solid contribution to the McCalmans' enormous recording history. It is not their most consistent or varied CD (I am very much a devotee of "Songs from Scotland" and "Flames on the Water"), but nevertheless there is much to love here, and there are some stand-out tracks, including the lively "The Back of the North Wind" and the moving "Battle of Waterloo". "Nowhere Else to Go" and "Keepers" are not among Nick Keir's best work, but they certainly aren't bad - the man has high standards. "Our Glens" is not beautiful music, but the lyrics are another great example of the Macs' use of rather melancholymore… hilarity, with an almost Gilbertian lack of shame about comic bad rhyming. As usual the voices and instrumentation are both wonderful. The bodhran and voices arrangement of "Birnie Bouzle" is beautifully stark - and demonstrates how little they need the rather fussy accompaniments that interfere in one or two of the other tracks. It also shows off the late Derek Moffat's voice beautifully. There are no solely instrumental numbers this time, which is a shame (although the Macs are notoriously self-deprecatingly about their instrumental playing....). The songs chosen as usual are a mixture of recent writings and traditional songs, and cover a wide variety of subjects, from the historical to the contemporary, and there is a good deal of the characteristic McCalmans subversiveness, not least in Nick Keir's comically environmentalist "Nowhere Else to Go", and the lovely "Strong Women Rule Us All with Their Tears", a Brian McNeill song which praises Flora MacDonald very much at the expense of Bonnie Prince Charlie... Pleasingly the recording quality is excellent on this album - better than on some earlier albums such as "Scottish Songs".I should also add that, wonderful as the Macs are to listen to on CD, they are even better live.
|2||Back O' The North Wind|
|3||Our Glens (Leave Us)|
|4||Strong Women Rule Us With All Their Tears|
|5||Back Of The Aisler|
|6||Nowhere Else To Go|
|7||Yellow On The Broom|
|9||Birks Of Invermay|
|10||Star O' The Bar|
|11||Here's Health Tae The Sauters|
|12||Battle Of Waterloo|
|13||Soor Milk Cairt|
|14||Let Us Drink And Go Home|
- McCalmans - Keepers (1999) Retail CD
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