I know that Skara Brae isn’t typical session music, but I decided to submit this recording anyway because as far as I’m concerned it’s one of the most beautiful albums ever (that’s no hyperbole on my part).
This album was originally made in the early 1970s—1970 or 1971, I believe—by four then unknown musicians: Michael O’Domhnaill, Triona and Maighread Ni Dhomhnaill, and Daithi Sproule. All four sang, the two men played guitar, and Triona played clavinet, adding beautiful new harmonies to old Donegal songs. They were the first group ever to attempt adding instrumental accompaniment to these songs. All the songs are in Irish, except for the two instrumentals (tracks 4 and 10). The original record includes only the first 13 tracks listed here. Tracks 14 and 15 are only available on the CD reissued by Gael Linn.
I’ll just reiterate what I said above: it’s not typical session music, but it’s definitely worth a listen, or a hundred.
Quite right smw, very beautiful music indeed, in fact it’s, IMHO, an absolute classic!
Copy on eBay at the moment [ not mine ] - currently at £77.00 !
You can buy it at iTunes much cheaper…
Just found this gem … lovely songs.
I prefer it to what they have done with the Bothy band a few years later.
Re: Skara Brae
Re: Skara Brae
Skara Brae is that prehistoric village in Orkney, quite a wonderful place though more commercialised than it used to be when you could walk along the bay of Sandwick right up to the village.