Iain McLachlan

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Iain McLachlan is best known as an accordionist and composer of The Dark Island but on this recording he also plays fiddle and melodeon, and is joined by Calum Iain MacCorquodale of Bayhead, North Uist on accordion and fiddle and by Calum Campbell of Balivanich on goose and jaws harp. The album opens with a trio set of march, strathspey and reel starting with Donald MacLean's Farewell to Oban. Other tracks include fiddle solo Cameron's Got his Wife Again, a melodeon solo Mrs MacLeod of Raasay and a superb set of pipe reels on accordion and goose The Piper of Drummond.


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Donald MacLean's Farewell To Oban
The Conundrum
and Mrs MacLeod Of Raasay/ High Road To Linton
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'A rattling good session' FOLK ROOTS
'The tradition at its best: A gem' BOX AND FIDDLE
Liner notes by Aonghas Grant:

IAIN McLACHLAN's music comes as fresh as the sea breezes wafting over the Uist machair - Highland and Gaelic as his island heritage. I recall two wonderful music sessions with Iain at a ceilidh and dance in Daliburgh in South Uist back in 1976 and again at one of the famous Kinross Festivals where he played about a dozen pipe marches off the cuff with the unbroken link up that comes of playing at a thousand dances.

Iain, from Benbecula, is best known as an accordionist, but on this recording he also plays fiddle and melodeon, and is joined by Calum Iain MacCorquodale of Bayhead, North Uist on accordion and fiddle and by Calum Campbell of Balivanich on goose and jaws harp. His Highland Harry using the trill grace note which was a favourite ornament with the old Highland fiddlers, and the two pipe reels Piper of Drummond and The Sheepwife on accordion with Calum on the goose, are truly inspiring.

This recording should win many more fans for this most versatile Hebridean musician.
Math gu dearbh,
Aonghhas Grant, Lochaber, 1997.
1 Trio: March, Strathspey and Reel 3.00
DONALD MacLEAN'S FAREWELL TO OBAN/ / DEVIL IN THE KITCHEN
or SIUDAIBH 'BHALACHAIBH (Come Along Lads)/ MRS MacLEOD OF RAASAY
Iain McLachlan - accordion; Calum Iain MacCorquodale - fiddle; Calum Campbell - goose.
2 Fiddle solo: Strathspeys 1.39
CAMERON'S GOT HIS WIFE AGAIN/ SIORRAM SIOS SIORRAM SUAS
Iain McLachlan - fiddle solo.
3 Accordion and Goose: 2/4 March 1.52
MARCHIONESS OF TULLIBARDINE
Iain McLachlan - accordion; Calum Campbell - goose.
4 Melodeon solo: Reels 2.11
MRS MacLEOD OF RAASAY/ HIGH ROAD TO LINTON
Iain McLachlan - melodeon solo.
5 Fiddle duet: Strathspeys 1.46
SIORRAM SIOS SIORRAM SUAS/ FEILEADH BEAG A B'FHEARR LEAM (I Prefer the Kilt) or THE KEEL ROW
Iain McLachlan - fiddle; Calum Iain MacCorquodale - fiddle.
6 Accordion solo: Air and Waltz 3.46
THE DARK ISLAND
Iain McLachlan - accordion solo.
7 Accordion and Goose: Strathspeys 2.03
BALMORAL CASTLE/ SOUTH UIST GOLF CLUB
Iain McLachlan - accordion; Calum Campbell - goose.
8 Accordion and Fiddle: Jigs 2.17
MAID ON THE GREEN/ THE WEE TOT
Iain McLachlan - accordion; Calum Iain MacCorquodale - fiddle.
9 Fiddle solo: Reels l.40
THA LIONN DAOR (The Ale is Dear)/ BODACHAN A MHILL ANNA (The Old Man who ravaged Anna) or HIGH ROAD TO LINTON
Iain McLachlan - fiddle solo.
10 Accordion, Fiddle & Goose: Foursome Reel 2.35
CALUM CRUBACH AS A GHLEANN (Crooked Calum of the Glen) or MISS DRUMMOND OF PERTH/ TAIL TODDLE
Iain McLachlan - accordion; Calum Iain MacCorquodale - fiddle; Calum Campbell - goose.
11 Accordion & Jaws Harp: Strathspey & Reel 1.35
FEILEADH BEAG A B'FHEARR LEAM (I Prefer the Kilt) or THE KEEL ROW/ CALUM'S UNTITLED REEL (Righle Gun Ainm)
Iain McLachlan - accordion; Calum Iain MacCorquodale - fiddle; Calum Campbell - jaw's harp.
12 Accordion and Goose: 2/4 March 1.51
THE CONUNDRUM
Iain McLachlan - accordion; Calum Campbell - goose.
13 Fiddle solo: Lament and Strathspey 3.17
HIGHLAND HARRY
Iain McLachlan - fiddle solo.
14 Melodeon solo: Jigs 2.17
JIG OF SLURS/ ROARING JELLY
Iain McLachlan - melodeon solo.
15 Accordion and Goose: Strathspey & Reel 1.47
DEVIL IN THE KITCHEN or SIUDAIBH 'BHALACHAIBH (Come Along Lads)/ SANDY DUFF
Iain McLachlan - accordion; Calum Campbell - goose.
16 Fiddle solo: Hornpipes 2.45
THE NAVVY ON THE LINE/ BOYS OF BLUE HILL
Iain McLachlan - fiddle solo.
17 Trio: Strathspey and Reel/ Foursome Reel 2.26
CUTTIE'S WEDDING/ MO CHUACHAG LAGHACH THU (My Gentle Maiden)
Iain McLachlan - accordion; Calum Iain MacCorquodale - fiddle; Calum Campbell - goose.
18 Fiddle duet: Strathspeys/ Puirt a Beul 1.52
THE KISSING REEL/ SOBHAL IAIN 'IC UISDEAN (Iain McHugh's Barn)/ FEAR A' PHIGE (The Man with the Whisky Jar)
Iain McLachlan - fiddle; Calum Iain MacCorquodale - fiddle.
19 Accordion and Goose: Jigs 2.17
THE HEN'S MARCH/ JIG OF SLURS
Iain McLachlan - accordion; Calum Campbell - goose.
20 Accordion and Goose: Pipe Reels 2.00
THE PIPER OF DRUMMOND/ THE SHEEPWIFE
Iain McLachlan - accordion; Calum Campbell - goose.

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The Uist Machair

RECORDING HISTORY
The recordings were made in Bayhead, North Uist during a week in April 1979 at the MacCorquodale household in Paiblesgarry, North Uist and at the McLachlan household in Creagorry, Benbecula except the pieces on melodeon which were recorded at the TMSA's Kinross Traditional Music Festival in September 1976 where Iain was a guest. Recordings were with a stereo pair of Sony microphones direct to quarter inch tape at 15 ips using a Revox A77 recorder. Edited at Springthyme in Fife, March 1980. Additional post production at GRF, Glasgow, November 1980. The album was cut as a vinyl lp for broadcast use in 1983 but was never issued in that format. Issued on cassette in 1987. Remastered for cd at Thane Multimedia, Cupar and issued in cd format in 1997. Recording and production by Peter Shepheard. 

THE GOOSE
'The Goose'
is the traditional name given to a 'set' of bagpipes without drones, that is, a pipe chanter (or practice chanter) inserted into the usual bag with air provided by the usual mouth pipe.

IAIN McLACHLAN: A BIOGRAPHY
IAIN McLACHLAN, Traditional Musician. Born: 21 October, 1927, in Hacklett, Benbecula. Died: 21 February 1995 in Creagorry, Benbecula, aged 67.

WITH THE death of Iain McLachlan in 1995, Scottish traditional music lost one of its finest exponents. Known particularly for his masterly touch on the three-row Shand Morino button accordion, Iain also played pipes, fiddle and melodeon and had an extensive knowledge of traditional music. For more than 40 years he had travelled by road and ferry to play the accordion at ceilidhs and dances throughout the Highlands and Islands. In the words of his great friend, fellow button-box player and ceilidh-band leader, Fergie MacDonald, of Acharacle: "I've lost a truly great friend, but Iain was also the greatest three-row button-box player in the Highlands and Islands and I doubt if we will ever see his likes again."

Iain never travelled much outside the Highlands, but he achieved worldwide fame as composer of the beautiful melody The Dark Island. Originally composed in 1958 as a pipe lament for a local doctor under the title Dr. Mackay's Farewell to Creagorry, the tune achieved widespread popularity after it was later used by the BBC as the theme music for the TV series 'The Dark Island' filmed on Uist in 1963. Words were added by the writer and producer David Silver and since then the tune has been recorded by more than a 100 different artistes and bands worldwide. No-one played the tune better than Iain himself, first as a pipe lament and then in waltz time.

Brought up with the Gaelic language, song and Highland music, Iain started playing fiddle and melodeon at the age of six. He picked up all his music by ear and, like many of the older generation of traditional musicians, he never learned to read or write music. There lay his strength, for Iain's music was always 'from the heart' and in his memory he held an enormous wealth of tradition. He had several different versions of many of the old tunes and, when introducing a tune, he would often introduce the music as 'an old melodeon reel' or 'a pipe setting' or 'a Skye setting' of such and such a reel. His father played melodeon for local dances and Iain learned melodeon from him. While still a boy, Iain used to sit at the knee of a local retired fiddle teacher and dancing master, Donald MacPhee (of Nunton, Benbecula), one of the few Hebridean fiddlers of that era, and from him he learned many old fiddle tunes and the old style of playing them.

I first remember hearing Iain in a broadcast recording made by Fred Macaulay for the Gaelic Department of the BBC. Iain was playing the great pipe tune The Marchioness of Tullibardine on accordion in duet with the piper Roddie Macaulay, of the Creagorry Hotel, playing chanter. It was such a remarkable sound I resolved there and then to bring Iain McLachlan to the Kinross Festival, which at that time I was involved in organising. The Lochaber fiddler Aonghas Grant remembers Iain at Kinross: "I recall a wonderful music session with Iain at one of the famous Kinross Festivals (in 1976) where he played about a dozen pipe marches off the cuff with the unbroken link-up that comes from playing at a thousand dances."

All who have met and heard Iain over the years will have their own memories to cherish of a wonderful musician, a friend and a gentleman. My most recent memories are of some marvellous music sessions when he was a guest in August 1994 at the Auchtermuchty Festival - playing most of the day in a small bar in the Forest Hills Hotel and later at a glorious session into the small hours, when he was knocking out some great reels and pipe tunes on the single-row melodeon. Iain's death is a sad loss to his family and friends and a great loss to the world of traditional music. His great music will live on through his recordings and in the repertoire of the many younger musicians influenced by him and for whom he was an inspiration.

Peter Shepheard, Balmalcolm, Fife.



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