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Generations of Change

by Ed Miller

Scottish songs, old and new - a couple of trad'l songs and 2 by Robert Burns; but mainly newer additions to the Scottish folk repertoire from the late 20th century. Great songs, well sung.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. Ferry Me Over
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2. Yellow on the Broom
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3. The Broom of the Cowdenknowes
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4. A Bottle of the Best
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5. Generations of Change
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6. The Banks of Sicily
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7. Green Grow the Rashes
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8. Crooked Jack
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9. A Man's a Man
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10. Edinburgh Toon
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11. Tak a Dram
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12. At Home with the Exiles
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13. Blood upon the Grass
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14. Mistress
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15. The John MacLean March
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
One of Scotland's finest singing exports has re-recorded and brought up-to-date many of the standards in his repertoire, previously only available on cassette or LP. Produced and played on by Rich Brotherton of the Robert Earl Keen band, this is as fine a selection of Scots songs, old and new, as you'll find...all sung by a man with a voice "as smooth and satisfying as a good single malt." Accompanying musicians include Rich Brotherton, Brian McNeill, E.J.Jones, Cathie Ryan and Joel Guzman.
Ed Miller is originally from Edinburgh Scotland; but has lived for many years in Austin TX, where he completed a PhD in Folklore at UT Austin. He has steadily built a reputation as a fine and compelling singer (as well as a teacher), bringing his songs and sly humor to Celtic Festivals, Highland Games, concerts, clubs and folk camps throughout N.America. In 2003, he was chosen as one of the performers to represent Scotland at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington DC, and has often shared the stage with such Scottish "titans" as Brian McNeill; Alasdair Fraser and John Taylor. If you're looking for the Scotland of Brigadoon and Braveheart, this is NOT the man for you; but if you want to hear great songs sung well by a man keen to share the reality of Scotland with you, try Ed Miller. He also leads folksong tours to his homeland each summer for people who want to experience the songs and singers in their own home environment.

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anne johnson (nee MacLean)

I have a grandfather who was a shipbuilder on Clydebank
When i played John MacLeans March it brought tears to my eyes. I am in Australia my grandfather owned a shipbuilding co on the Clyde. I came out here at 2yo and have never been able to come back home not an exile but Scotland is still home to me but I live in Australia which has been a good life. I wished I could go on your 2006 tour it sound wonderful. (ph. 03 54469066 e-mail horseanaround@hotmail.com)
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Don Hutchison

Great CD and performance.
Ed Miller is a Scottish singer/songwriter who produces great music, great stories, has great friends (some of the most famous in the Celtic vocal tradition), and a wonderful Scottish sense of humor. Unfortunately for us, he and other Celtic vocal performers seem to be a disappearing breed. The "vocal" tradition seems to be getting lost as most of the new young singers belong to "traditional" bands. The number of young, new traditional Celtic music bands (including the "Celtic rock" bands) is wonderful, but the passing of Tommy Makem, and the present ages of so many Celtic troubadours makes it alarmingly clear that there are few replacements on the horizon. This will eventually mean that the music and folklore of the songs will ultimately result in great losses of the traditions that are kept alive by the likes of Ed Miller, Brian McNeill, Davy Steele, Ian MacIntosh, Andy M. Stewart, Seamus Kennedy, Jim Malcolm, Tom Sweeney, and others who are products of the "house hooleys" and ceilidhs.

Ed is a wonderful example of the vocal tradition that means so much to the Celtic heritage and history. His wonderful voice as well as his treatment of the the old and new folksongs (many of which he has authored himself) is inspiring to those who love the music. And while he takes the music very seriously, his humor and wit make his performances all the more inviting. The stories that he tells, while sometimes funny are also researched (Ed holds a PhD in folklore) and very interesting. An evening with Ed, whether just listening to one of his seven CD's or at a live performance is always rewarding.

This review is applicable to each of Ed's seven CD's. If you buy one, you will probably want them all as each one is a super addition to your collection. Most importantly, support for Ed and his counterparts helps to support the vocal tradition at a time that is critical to it's survival. Enjoy and support this terrific artist.
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Celtic MP3s Music Magazine

Another Brilliant CD by the Master of Scottish Songs
Ed Miller is back with a new CD, and I have to say it is brilliant. Ed is my absolute favorite Scottish folk revivalist. He brings together traditional folk songs while keeping the fire burning for the contemporary Scottish songwriters from Andy M. Stewart to Adam McNaughtan.
This is the fifth CD of Ed Miller's, but it does something extra special. Ed originally released two cassettes that are no longer available. So he has recorded many of those great songs from those early albums and added them to this CD. Not having those cassettes, I've had trouble figuring which ones were there.
This CD has many gems. I'd say my biggest disappointment is that it's too short. It Only has fifteen songs and over fifty minutes of music. I'm sorry to say, Ed, call me greedy, but I love your music. I want more!
The trouble is trying to figure out which is the best. I love "Tak a Dram," "A Bottle of the Best," Yellow on the Broom," "Crooked Jack." He also does a moving version of Burns' "A Man's A Man." But I guess my absolutely favorite is the first track, "Ferry Me Over." Ed truly captures the absolute beauty of Stewart's song and makes it shine with lovely backing vocals by Cathy Ryan. The song just fills me with peace and joy.
All in all, Ed Miller's albums get better all the time, and Generations of Change should be in the CD player of every Scottish and Celtic folk music lover. So what are you waiting for?
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