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Albanach Guitar Duo

Using nylon and steel string guitars the duo create imaginative instrumental arrangements of traditional fiddle, pipe, harp and song melodies from different regions of the celtic world.

Using nylon and steel string guitars the duo create imaginative instrumental arrangements of traditional fiddle, pipe, harp and song melodies taken from different regions of the celtic world.The repertoire can also include works by Scottish composers such as John Maxwell Geddes and Peter Maxwell Davies. Music with a Scottish connection always features prominently from early works associated with musicians of the Scottish royal courts to trad tunes and works by contemporary Scottish composers.

"Beautiful recording, Lots of variety, some surprisingly apt slide playing, and arrangements." -- Rob McKillop

"Beautiful music…..very accomplished playing" -- Iain Anderson, BBC radio Scotland

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The Spirit of the Grain

The Albanach Duo

Well known, and some not so, traditional celtic tunes arranged in a new musical landscape featuring nylon and steel string guitars.

Imaginative instrumental arrangements of traditional fiddle, pipe, harp and song melodies taken from different regions of the celtic world.

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THe Music Of The Stuarts

TERZ Classical guitar trio

Terz are a Classical Guitar Trio using standard(tenor) guitars together with Contrabass, Terz and Requinto instruments. Their repertoire is drawn from a variety of sources, not all normally associated with the guitar.

"An inspired release that deserves every success"

Classical Guitar Magazine Dec 2004

The Stuart dynasty ruled in Scotland from 1371 to 1603, and as a result James IV's marriage to Margaret Tudor, Henry the VIII's older sister, in 1503, were the natural monarchical choice to succeed Queen Elizabeth I on her death i 1603, as rulers ofthe two kingdoms. Although the removal of the Scottish Royal Court from Edinburgh to London resulted in a serious loss of local patronage in Scotland, the Stuarts were patrons of all the arts throughout their period in England, especially music.

In making this recording, it was clear from the outset that an anthology was not possible. Perhaps a dozen CD's could reasonably address the enormous range of musical types, vocal and instrumental, that would be required. Additionally, although the guitar family is suitable for certain types of older music, because of its inability to sustain notes (unlike members of the string or wind families) music requiring this characteristic has to be excluded. In a single recording, the most that can be achieved is a modest sampling that indicates something of the character of a particular court period. Thus, many composers have, regrettably, been excluded in order to gain historical coverage.

Historical coverage begins with the Scottish Royal Court in the sixteenth century, extends to James II/VII, then to the court in exile and the end of the Jacobite era. It thus omits the reigns of William and Mary, and Queen Anne. While these reigns were by persons of undoubted Stuart lineage, in the minds of those of Jacobite persuasion, there was a question of their legitimacy as sovereigns. Jacobites (from the latin 'Jacobus' = James) saw legitimate succession as passing through James II/VII to his son, James Francis, born 1688, later known as James III/VIII to adherents of the Stuart cause, the 'Old Pretender' to supporters of the Whig government in the eighteenth century.

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Scoundrel Blues

Bo'weevil

Bo'weevil were a 5piece,sometimes 6 piece,rhythm and blues band who were together in one form or another for about 15 years.

Hailing from the central belt of Scotland the band based themselves in Edinburgh and played extensively in the UK and further afield. To begin with Bo'weevil set out to emulate the authentic blues sounds of Elmore James, BB King and Robert Johnston and were heavily influenced by Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac. By the time the band came to record their debut album 'Scoundrel Blues' they had very much developed their own sound.

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Palmyra Rain

Russell Ballantine

Celtic influenced steel string guitar music. Fingerpicking and bottleneck of the very highest standard.

Palmyra Rain, the debut CD by Russell Ballantine features original compositions and arrangements of celtic music for steel string and bottlekneck guitar.

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The Albanach Guitar Duo

The Albanach Guitar Duo

Evocative classical guitar music featuring works by Sir Peter Maxwell-Davies, James Scott-Skinner, Mozart, Granados, Ariel Ramerez and Astor Piazzolla

The repertoire extends from arrangements of early music by John Dowland and William Lawes through the mainstream guitar repertoire to contemporary works by Astor Piazzolla and Ariel Ramerez.

Music with a Scottish connection also features prominently, from early works associated with musicians of the Scottish royal courts to traditional fiddle tunes and works by contemporary Scottish composers.

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By Arrangement: Albeniz: Suite Espanola-Faure: Dolly Suite-Satie:Gnossiennes-Beethoven:Sonatina in C

Terz Classical Guitar Trio

Inventive guitar arrangements of works by popular classical composers including: Albeniz, Beethoven, Faure and Vivaldi.

The Terz Classical Guitar Trio was formed in 1998 and made a name for themselves with their own particular approach to the medium of concerted guitars.

As an ensemble Terz use not only standard (Tenor) guitars but also various combinations of these together with Contrabass, Terz and Requinto instruments. A substantial part of the programme contains original transcriptions and arrangements, which make use of the various tone colour possibilities presented by blending these different types of guitars. In addition their repertoire is drawn from a variety of sources, not all normally associated with the guitar, and contains substantial but lesser known works not often heard in their original format, e.g. Beethoven's Sonatina for piano and mandolin, and also his Sonata in D opus no. 6, originally for piano duet.

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