Ecosse | The Auld Alliance

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The Auld Alliance

by Ecosse

A compelling blend of Celtic songs and Quebecois dance music driven by world beat rhythms.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. Plooboy Laddies/Rolling in the Rye Grass.
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2. Pipe On the Hob/An' Gun's T-Apron.
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3. I Will Go.
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4. Prince Among Men
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5. Ae Fond Kiss
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6. 1000 Miles from Judique/Kitchen Sync
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7. Parcel of Rogues
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8. Shoals of Herring
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9. Rolling Wave/Reel D'issoudun
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10. Freeborn Man
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11. L'homme a Deaux Femmes/Le Violon Accorde
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Album Notes
Écosse is a combination of four of the National Capital Region’s favourite musicians.

The (thankfully) ubiquitous James Stephens does what he does best: he plays a dozen or so instruments, adds his wonderful voice and, with Duncan, directs the musical flow of the band. James will be remembered by many for his time with legendary Ottawa groups Fat Man Waving and Six Mile Bridge. He recorded, engineered and helped produce Écosse’s new album (The Auld Alliance) at his Stove Sound studio in Chelsea.

Duncan Gillis is another of the region’s brightest lights. Former bands include the brilliant and extremely popular Jimmy George. Duncan cut his musical teeth amongst the pipe band community and in countless sessions and groups over the years. He is an incredible piper and flute player who also adds his fine vocal talents to the mix. As well as all of the above, this new album highlights Duncan’s own invention, the Highland hornpipe, which is an integral part of Écosse’s sound.

Wakefield’s Bobby Watt has been a fixture on the Canadian folk scene since before the Celtic surge welled up from the shores of Cape Breton and flowed over the rest of the country. A singer since his teens in his native Scotland, he was described by Warren Robinson, a past president of the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals, as “The best male voice in traditional music, anywhere!”

This motley crew is held together and indeed driven on by the wonderful drumming and percussive talents of Rob Graves, whose world beat rhythms add a decidedly exotic flavour to the Celtic and Québécois influences of the band.

Stirring songs and melodies, exciting and very danceable tune sets, and a very highly defined sense of joie de vivre are what you can expect at an Écosse concert. Bring your smiley face!

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John B. Shultz

Ecosse: The Auld Alliance
What a great collection of traditional tunes! Listening to this type of music helps me relax while at work, and after a hectic day. I was attracted to this CD because of Bobby Watts' vocals. However, all of the players are absolutely superb. Thanks for a great CD. Fine service from CDBaby!

Ann in St. Louis

Thoroughly great
Fans of Old Blind Dogs' Jim Malcolm will be entranced with the voice of Bobby Watts, and Duncan Gillis is an amazing piper. Prepare to put this CD on repeat play.

Darcy Webster

Makes me miss home a little more...
Ordered here and sent to me in Japan. I think it took less than a week to arrive. Have listened to it several times since and am very happy I was wable to find Bobby Watts material available here.
Being a long way from home, his music reminds me of where I want to return to.

Tamara Turner, CD Baby

With the sunshine and lilt of Silly Wizard and Old Blind Dogs, Ecosse inhabits a supple and rich world of Celtic traditional music, Quebecois dance music, world beat and standard, hearty folk rock. Driven by a delightful hiccupping playfulness between the greenly spirits of Scotland and a broad international approach to folk, the album cultivates a charming innocence and hearfelt sweetness. With guitar at the center, The Auld Alliance fleshes out through fiddle, hand-drumming, light percussion, bagpipes and various other striking instrumental colors, imbuing every track with zesty personality and inspiration.