Latest Dochas offering
The latest album from the wonderful Gaelic band, Dochas. It used to be an all female line up but now they have Martin O’Neill on bodhran.
Featuring fine fiddling from Jenna Reid and beautiful vocals from Julie Fowlis
The band is Kathleen Boyle (accordion, guitar, piano, synth, backing vocals), Julie Fowlis (vocals, whistles, oboe), Carol-Anne Mackay (Scottish smallpipes, border pipes, Highland pipes, accordion, whistles), Eilidh MacLeod (clarsach, backing vocals), Jenna Reid (fiddle, piano) and Martin O’Neill (bodhran).
The "Nelson Mandela" set (track 11) is simply magnificent.
Dòchas ~ the main talents involved in this recording, and a bit about them…
From the notes & website:
Kathleen Boyle ~ accordion, guitar, piano, synthesizer, vocal harmony
__ * Granddaughter of Donegal fiddler and character Neilidh Boyle, Kathleen Boyle hails from Glasgow and comes from a family steeped in the traditional music of Donegal. She has won All-Scotland and All- Britain titles on the Accordion and is a talented pianist in addition to her prowess on the accordion.
Julie Fowlis ~ vocals, whistle, oboe
__ * Julie Fowlis is a Gaelic Singer and multi-instrumentalist from the island of North Uist in the Outer Hebrides.
Carol-Anne Mackay ~ pipes (small, border, highland), accordion, whistle
__ * - comes from Strathy on the north coast of Sutherland.
Eilidh Macleod ~ clàrsach/harp, vocals
__ * - is from the Isle of Skye and has played the clarsach from an early age.
Jenna Reid ~ fiddle, piano, vocals
__ * - one of the leading Shetland fiddlers of her generation and one of the brightest young talents on the Scottish traditional music scene. A protege of the greatest names of Shetland fiddling, Dr Tom Anderson MBE and Willie Hunter
Martin O’Neill - bodhrán
__ * - has won All-Scotland, All-Britain and All-Ireland titles on bodhrán
& Guests ~
track 8: Maighread & Triona Ni Dòmhnaill – vocals & Triona on Clavinova
track 10: Iain MacDonald – whistle
“Dòchas: An Dàrna Umhail”
A joy and pleasure… :-)