Mara Shea & Dave Wiesler | Heather Hills

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World: Celtic Folk: Scottish Traditional Moods: Type: Instrumental
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Heather Hills

by Mara Shea & Dave Wiesler

Energetic fiddle and piano create Scottish country dance music at its best--lyrical, playful, and above all, danceable. And if you're not a dancer, you'll still love the music. Each track is a dance, and except for the waltz, contains 2, 3, or more tunes.
Genre: World: Celtic
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1. Da Rain Dancin'
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2. Forget Me Knot
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3. Crowcombe and Stogumber
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4. My Heather Hills
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5. Invercauld's Reel
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6. Ferla Mor
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7. Simon Brodie
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8. The Diamond Jubilee
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9. The Black Mountain Reel
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10. The Silver Thistle Ball
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11. Vale of Atholl
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12. Sleepwalking
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13. Down on Yon Bank
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14. Okinawa Reunion
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Both Mara Shea and Dave Wiesler are first-class dance musicians. Mara plays fiddle for contra dance, English country dance, Scottish country dance, and even some Irish set dancing when she has time. Based in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, she teaches Celtic fiddle, and plays with several bands, including The Elftones and The MacRowdies. She can be found occasionally on staff at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC, and playing for classes and dances at the TAC Summer School in Waterloo, Ontario.

Dave Wiesler's rhythmic and innovative piano playing has earned him a national reputation. He plays for events from studio work, to concerts, to dances of all flavors...contra, swing, vintage, English and Scottish country dance. He has given concerts at venues including the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, the Washington Folk-Life Festival, and for two years he led popular performance tours on antique pianos for the Smithsonian Museum's Piano 300 Exhibit. Dave has played at festivals and camps across the U.S. as well as in Canada, Scotland, and England. He lives in Newark, Delaware, with his wife, two young sons, and two cats.

This recording was in the works for two years, as Dave and Mara put together sets for some Scottish country dances not often recorded. The tunes they included in the sets span several centuries, with tunes from the 18th and 19th century sharing the dance floor with a number of Dave's compositions. But all share emotional energy, lightness, momentum, and play. As one listener emailed Mara, "I"m listening to this in my office at work, and it makes me want to dance around the room!"

It's Scottish country dance music, but it's not just for dancing. It's for fun, and good listening. Enjoy!

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