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Out on the Islands

by Ado Matheson

Original Celtic Folk/Rock -'mellow music - deeply personal and universally poetic'.
Genre: World: Celtic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Harvest Time
5:48 $0.99
2. Little Did I Know
4:45 $0.99
3. Tide and Time
5:10 $0.99
4. The Harbour
4:34 $0.99
5. Christina
6:29 $0.99
6. The Old Fisherman
5:23 $0.99
7. Out On the Islands
4:28 $0.99
8. Ancestral Chimes
4:48 $0.99
9. Song of the Wind
3:51 $0.99
10. Never Grow So Cold
4:54 $0.99
11. Iona
4:05 $0.99
12. Wings On the Water
6:37 $0.99
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Album Notes
Ado Matheson - Celtic Singer Songwriter

Ado was brought up on the Isle of Lewis in the Western Isles of Scotland. His father was a Gaelic Singer and Songwriter before him performing at concerts and ceilidhs throughout Scotland and his grandfather was crowned the Celtic Bard in recognition of his writing in the 50's.

Ado has just completed 'Out on the Islands' a CD of his own material which he recorded mostly with his son Hans on percussion and backing vocals. Their voices blend together in true 'genetic harmony'.

The songs are an original collection of vivid memories, dreams and reflections inspired by the powerful images and emotions of his homeland. Often described as 'singing gaelic in english' Ado is a passionate performer and his music touches the heart of humankind - 'deeply personal and universally poetic'.



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Yes I got this CD In perfect condition and I absolutly LOVE it! So soothing. Ado and Hans sing perfect together It was by far the best buy Ive made in a long time!
Thank You!!!!


Out on the Island
Its wonderful music, that moved my heart! Ados voice have a dept that seldom is heard! I so wish
that i could hear him live one day, its a dream come true! Pls let me know if he is playing in Sweden ! Sincerly Ylva Brygg/Sweden

Laura Lambourne

Out on the Islands
This is one of the most beautiful CDs I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. Each song is so personal and true to his roots. Ado's voice is so relaxing and Hans' vocals compliment completely but are definitely backing vocals as wanted. 'Wings on the Water' is instrumental but is definitely my favourite on the album, it really does make you feel as if you are away in one of the most beautiful places. I can't recommend this CD high enough.


Unpretentious, thought-provoking, and undeniably sincere.
All the songs -- all of them -- are about the island or family. It is really Ado's album through and through. His son Hans (also noted actor in "Les Mis" and "Still Crazy") melds completely in as his background singer, and Mandy is most prominent in the upbeat "The Harbour" and "Song of the Wind" and has a lovely, high, feminine voice. It begins with "Harvest Time" upbeat in style, its lyrics are a melancoly explanation of the exodus from the Outer Hebrides, that the author obviously loved so much. "Christina" is about Ado's sister, who obviously went through some heartbreak in a relationship physical illness as well. I conclude they lost her. It is a yearning song, the guitar intro sounding almost like classical Latin guitar, and it makes you (or at least me) want to hear the whole story, as does "Little Did I Know" -- the song every ex-girlfriend wants to hear. "The Old Fisherman" is equally yearning and wistful. It reminds me of a time when my father was seriously ill. It is followed by "Out on the Islands" which starts "I used to feel so free" -- and suddenly as you listen,... you do. It floats you along a memory and reminds me a lot of Van Morrison's style -- particularly the "Moondance" album (albeit excluding the title song), or maybe "Down the Road". "Tide and Time", about Ado's father-in-law, is a sweet, sincere dedication. This is a largely mellow album. The guitar is a prominent sound, very little "jigging" as is often heard in Celtic derivative music. Very mood inducing, very thoughtful, definitely takes you somewhere and makes that place seems familiar in a very primal sense. This is a love song for the island and the people this family loved there. Sweet recollections. Some bittersweet. I thinks it's fair to say sentimental, in a good sense. "Ancestral Chimes" reminds me a little of Eric Clapton's "If I Saw You in Heaven". It's followed by another upbeat, "Song of the Wind". These are the kind of acoustic guitar pieces that you dream of having a beautiful man sing to you. The violin is very much folk-fiddle, and fits nicely and subtly. "Never Grow So Cold" is a song that reminds me of Cat Stevens' "Sad Lisa" -- it tells about a nanosecond encounter with a solitary woman you want to learn the life story of by the end... Again, gets you in touch with a feeling of loss, loneliness, quiet anguish. "Iona" almost sounds like a quiet, determined march and hints of the historical, and "Wings on the Water", an instrumental, is sublime and transcendent -- totally yoga music. Overall, this is a love song.

AND if you're patient, a final unmarked track has Ado and his guitar singing "Out on the Islands" as reward.
>This is the kind of music you sit down to with a warm-hued red wine or a cup of coffee and lay back in your cushion and dream. It's thought provoking, mellow, unpretentious and undeniably sincere and soulful. Very comfortable. You could lay outside under the stars to this stuff. No neighbor is going to get mad if it's turned up too loud...that in itself would be a feat. This stuff belongs at an outdoor amphitheater, floating through the air. It would comfort a crying baby or mourning mother. It even calms me, and for those who have assisted in that previously, you must realize the undertaking that represents...

beautitful, beautiful. This artist previously played with Runrig and Davey Spillane. I think you will find the album original and fulfilling.


Pride of the collection!!!
It has been about a year since I bought Out on the Islands and I haven't stopped listening to it. I find that after the initial excitement of a cd purchase wears off if the music doesn't truly touch me to the core the disc gets laid aside; however that hasn't happened with Out on the Islands. Each song has its own special meaning to me and inspires me differently. To name a few: The old fisherman, wings on the water, The Harbor and Iona captured me right from the begining. The cd is simply wonderful and I wish more people made Ado's kind of music. I hope one day soon he records more songs. I'm a true fan of his work

maria andréa venancio

I liked very much, and Id like to buy this cd, but I need help, because I leave in Brazil and my card is not to accept.What I to do? Tanks.


It's like having part of Scotland with me again
I fell in love with the song Harvest Home immediately, but the more I listen to the whole album the more I realise that this is a singer/songwriter who ensouls much of what I miss most about Scotland, the sea and the air and the haunting quality that never quite lets you go ... no one who has ever loved Scotland could fail to feel homesick listening to Ado's songs. I also love the fact that he sings so beautifully with his son; many Scottish families do sing together, but this is beginning to be lost even there. Thank you, Ado, for what you have awakened in many people's hearts ...

Jennifer Miller

Breathtakingly Beautiful Music
It took me just a few bars of Harvest Time to fall completely in love with this cd. It touches my soul with every chord. The voices of Ado and Hans blend so beautifully. I listen to this cd everywhere i go, work , car, shower, i can't stop listening to it. Can't wait for the opportunity to hear more from this wonderful talent.


beautiful music
i love this cd. the music is beautiful. just listen to one song and you will want to play the entire cd. love it what else can i say


Buy this CD, you won't regret it.
I bought this CD after hearing only the samples given and knowing nothing about the artist...this is one of the proudest purchases I have ever made. The lyrics to all of the songs stir in the mind and heart and tend to linger with me all through the day. There is such simplicity and sincerity to the sound and words. Ado Matheson brings clear images to my mind of places I have never been and brings heartache for sorrows I have never endured. The fact that his son helped with the back up vocals and instrumentation only adds to the feeling that this is a man letting you into his heart and his world. The harmonies on a couple of the songs sound a bit like a train whistle, but this only enforces the home-spun and warmth of the recording. I proudly played this CD for my father and made a instant fan of him as well. This is a CD to share, and a CD to keep with you(you at least need two-one for the car and one for home). I play this CD nonstop, but especially when I need things to slow down. This is my pause button...I pour a cup of tea, look out of the window, and enjoy the peaceful feeling that this CD envokes.
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