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Feet to the Floor

by Hugh Morrison

Traditional & new Celtic music from Scotland & Ireland played on the distinctive sounding button accordion. From Jigs, Reels & Marches to Hornpipes & Waltzes. Everything for you here if expressive yet disciplined celtic music is what you are looking for.
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1. 6/8 Marches
2:40 album only
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2. Gaelic Waltz
5:01 album only
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3. 4/4 Marches
3:30 album only
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4. American/Irish Medley
2:20 album only
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5. Jigs
2:22 album only
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6. 2/4 Marches
3:20 album only
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7. Reels
2:19 album only
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8. Pride of Erin Waltz
4:36 album only
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9. Irish Jig
2:52 album only
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10. Gay Gordons
2:25 album only
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11. Irish Hornpipes
2:30 album only
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12. Jigs
4:20 album only
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13. Scottish Waltz
4:26 album only
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14. March, Strathspey & Reel
3:45 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Born in Wick, in the far north of Scotland, Hugh Morrison served his musical apprenticeship with the Tain Scottish Dance Band and quickly made his name as an exponent of the three-row button key accordion. Recorded in Houston, Texas, where he is now based, this album shows that Hugh still retains his taste for Scottish and Celtic music and hasn't lost his great touch on the button box. The album contains a varied selection of his own favourite tunes, played with the flair and style expected by those familiar with his music. Whether or not you have heard him before, listen in, feel the 'lift' and 'swing', put your "Feet to the Floor" and enjoy.

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Samuel D. Perry

Good toe-tapping music you will never get tired of listening to.
Put this CD in your player and you will have a hard time keeping your feet still. This is toe-tapping music you will never get tired of hearing. What a talent!
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Sarah Meador, Rambles

you'll find no cause for regret in Hugh Morrison's work.
It's hard to believe Feet to the Floor is the work of one man. Oh, it may have been mastered and edited by diverse hands in a proper studio, but it's ultimately the conversation between Hugh Morrison and his accordion that fills up 47 minutes of this CD.

Those used to the accordion as an accent instrument or a simple polka maker will be amazed at the versatility it finds in the hands of a master, and even fans of the instrument will find some surprises. Morrison can make the notes jig through the "Thrums March" or waltz through "Leaving Stornaway" with as much grace as a harp. He can switch from the most relaxed tour of "The Sandy River Belle" to a mad run down "The Road to Lidsoovarna" in the space of a note, while the accordion hums warnings of curves in the path ahead. While only one instrument, the accordion here manages to carry several themes and a half-dozen moods at any one moment. Perhaps no other one instrument could summon such a chorus of merry voices for "Jane & Graham's Welcome to Tain" or give such a merry tone to the intense reel "Loch Torridon." The "Pride of Erin" waltz medley walks you into a crowd of merry fairgoers with light notes and measured steps along a winding road of melody. The jigs force you to dance whether you will or no; only a heavy belly of spirits will keep your feet still through "The Stacks o'Barley."

As varied as these tunes are, they're tied together by an attitude of unforced good cheer. Even in the most serious melodies, Morrison and the accordion both seem to be fighting off a case of laughter. Accordion is often used to create a dramatic, heavy atmosphere, but Morrison opens it up and sets it to soaring. This permeating good humor may make the album too monotonous for those who prefer a heavy dose of instrumental angst, but it also makes this the perfect companion for a bright summer afternoon. If you're willing to spend the better part of an hour with a smile on your face and your Feet to the Floor, you'll find no cause for regret in Hugh Morrison's work.
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Dirty Linen Magazine

between Morrison's stellar selection of tunes and his spirited playing, a listen
"A native of Wick in the far north of Scotland and current Texas resident, Hugh Morrison is a master three-row button-accordion player. Morrison is a former member of the Tain Scottish Dance Band, and his playing will remind many of the work of Phil Cunningham. Fourteen tracks of solo accordion playing might sound like hell to some, but between Morrison's stellar selection of tunes and his spirited playing, a listener never gets bored. Indeed, on many tunes his independent hand techniques are so well honed that you quickly forget you are listening to a single musician, and not a full band. Highly recommended."
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Mark Shannon, Bungalow Studios

The tone of his Hohner is the sweetest sound I have ever heard from an accordion
With his Hohner Shand Morino accordion, Hugh has put together a wonderful mix of marches, waltzes, jigs and reels. The tone of his Hohner is the sweetest sound I have ever heard from an accordion.

I first met Hugh Morrison through a mutual friend, Wolf Loescher of Jiggernaut. Hugh came by the studio and wanted to listen to the different recording rooms. We decided on a moderate live room with stone floors that became smooth when he played.

His taste and style show a dedicated and disciplined understanding of Scottish and Celtic music.

My favorite cut is track 13, Scottish Waltz. The subtle harmony leaves one with a wonderful melancholy feeling. His performance and style will not be lost on the listener and will leave them in the place he has created, feeling the true spirit of the music. This is a must have for the traditional Scottish music lover.

The variety of tempos and styles will take your feet to the floor.
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Andy Ross, Andy's Ceilidh, Scottish Internet Radio

The tempos on all the tracks are impeccable
I first saw Hugh Morrison play as a young lad at the local accordion & fiddle club along with his mentor Ali MacGregor of the Tain Scottish Dance Band.

Hugh took a tremendous interest in traditional Scottish music and played for some considerable time with the Tain Scottish, also making television appearances as a solo performer.

Upon his move to the United States I was afraid he would be lost to the Scottish music scene so was delighted when a copy of his C.D. "Feet to the Floor" arrived from America.

In this recording Hugh clearly shows he has lost none of his skills and plays a great variety of old favourites, also some new tunes including one written recently by Ali for the birthday of Bobby - the family pet dog of Hugh's parents.

The tempos on all the tracks are impeccable - from waltzes, marches through to jigs and reels played on his trusty Hohner Morino.

I was very pleased to receive this, Hugh's second solo recording, which I am certain will give lots of pleasure to many people.
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Jose Iglesias

Most enjoyable!
Great music to use at work. Keeps you tapping your foot and tapping the keys! I have played it many times in the week I have had the CD.
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Alan Rankin, Johannesburg, S.A.

I listened once and immediately re-ordered.
There is a Highland Lilt in Hugh's playing (of course) which can be heard throughout this CD. I only played my CD once and immediately ordered another for my Brother in England. Feet to the Floor is the real Mc Kay and great to listen to. A Must Buy.
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Rob Christie

Heard Hugh live, HAD TO HAVE his CDs.
I saw Hugh playing live at the St. Andrew's Celtic Festival in the Heights in Houston, TX. He was playing with "Murder the Stout", and I bought his 'Far From Home' CD at the edge of the stage. That led to getting this one, and I listen to both often. Uplifting, crankin' tunes impeccably played. A clean, uncluttered sound, which you need to hear for yourself!
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