Iain McLachlan

An Island Heritage



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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
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,
Aonghas Grant, Lochaber, 1997.

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Recording History
The Goose:
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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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.



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