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by An Dhá

The delicacy of classical perfection, fire from the Scottish Tradition, the spirit of jazz and the life of the City. Two musicians on journey exploring life and music, together. - An Dhá
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Night On the Town
3:57 $0.99
2. Grumps
4:16 $0.99
3. Blackjack and Petals
4:32 album only
4. The Cuillin Hills
4:22 album only
5. The Fairy Pools
5:03 $0.99
6. The Tender Trout and the Lonely Daffodil
7:08 album only
7. The Naked Turtle / Soggy Shoes
3:36 $0.99
8. Skiing At Midnight
4:39 album only
9. Clogging Up the Hoover
5:39 album only
10. Keep Going
5:00 $0.99
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Album Notes
An Dha means 'The Two' in Gaelic. Two musicians, two cultures, where the land and the sky meet, the Violin and the Cello, separate yet merging into one sound.

The delicacy of classical perfection, fire from the Scottish Tradition and the spirit of Jazz and the life of the City. Two musicians on a journey exploring life and music, together.

An Dha is the Folk music alter ego of the Chapel Hill Duo a Violin and Cello duo formed in 2011 at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. After attending the Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas folk music course on the Isle of Skye in 2013 they decided to explore the world of folk music in more depth and started to compose and play their own tunes.

Night on the Town - Written after a particularly wild night out celebrating life in London Town. An exploration of Jazz and the boundaries of where music and cultures collide.

Grumps - In memory of Jaya's Grandfather Derek Smith. Artisan and perfectionist, fondly nicknamed 'Grumps', whose favourite pursuits were making beautiful things, trouble and sarcastic comments.

Blackjack and Petals - Written for Sarah's 21st birthday, inspired by Jazz and the chaos of City life. The second tune in this set was written by Penny James, our first fan and constant source of enthusiasm.

The Cuillin Hills - The first time we saw the Cuillin Hills on the Isle of Skye they made a strong impression on us and it is the rugged beauty of the landscape that is one of the things we miss most about Skye. Powerful, dark and brooding, but beautiful in a wild kind of way.

The Fairy Pools - The last time we visited Skye we walked to a series of pools and waterfalls called the Fairy Pools. The Pools are connected but somehow each has their own character and when the sun comes out you can almost see the fairies dancing across the water.

The Tender Trout and the Lonely Daffodil - A portrait of a hopelessly romantic Trout who longs for the companionship of the Lonely Daffodil, just out of reach on the bank of the river. The Daffodil also longs for companionship but cannot see the Trout for it's own reflection until it droops forward in despair and is finally united with the Tender Trout.

Naked Turtle/Soggy Shoes - The first two tunes I wrote. The Naked Turtle was inspired by how naked musicians feel without the 'comfort' of their instruments on their backs. Soggy Shoes appeared in my head after a long wet walk across Greenwich Park where we discussed the impracticalities of high heels in some depth.

Skiing at Midnight - The inspiration for writing tunes comes at strange times. Sometimes the best inspiration is in the middle of the night, or after a disastrous experience skiing for the first time in the Alps.

Clogging Up the Hoover - The Sister-In-Law. A tune written for the infamous Penny James. It is an ode to her bountiful ginger-ness and the devastating effect it has on our hoover. Despite this I suppose she's alright really...

Keep Going - Named for a helpful sign at the ferry terminal on the Isle of Skye. It always holds more meaning for us, promising that we are almost there and telling us that it won't be long until we return. Wherever we go we take the passion and inspiration of Skye with us.



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