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Among Friends/A-measg Chàirdean

by Trì

Celtic music rooted in the Cape Breton tradition featuring bagpipes, fiddle, piano, guitar and vocals in English and Scottish Gaelic. CD features Cape Breton pianist Kimberley Fraser. Fans of Natalie MacMaster, Leahy and The Rankins will love this CD.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. In Praise of Maureen MacKenzie (Fiddle/Pipes/Piano/Guitar)
4:38 $0.99
2. The Little Bag of Bombardes (Scottish Smallpipe Set)
3:26 $0.99
3. When First I Went to Caledonia (Song)
5:51 $0.99
4. The E Set (Fiddle/Piano Set)
6:01 $0.99
5. The Fire Drill Set (Fiddle/Pipes/Piano/Guitar)
4:30 $0.99
6. Highland Pipe Marches (Highland Bagpipe Set)
2:18 $0.99
7. 'S truagh nach do Dh'fhuirich Mi Tioram Air Tir (Song)
2:38 $0.99
8. Mrs. Crawford (Fiddle/Piano Set)
5:13 $0.99
9. Donald MacLean's Farewell (Fiddle/Pipes/Piano/Guitar)
6:28 $0.99
10. Everlasting Peace (Solo Bagpipes)
2:48 $0.99
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Album Notes
There is an intimacy to Among Friends that opens the door to the emotional landscape that is Cape Breton – a place that is by turns fierce and rough, harsh and lyrical, and often achingly beautiful. Its music reflects the history and economic realities of what has long been a reality of island living, island displacement. Its music is firmly rooted in a sense of community, a community that now extends into the wider world thanks to international musical ambassadors like Natalie MacMaster, The Rankin Family and Jerry Holland.

Tri’s CD explores through pipes, fiddle and song a tradition rooted in Gaelic Scotland. While you’ll hear many influences in this album, they won’t include the facile renderings of a tradition muddied by youthful enthusiasm. You won’t hear African drums, or 70s style guitar arrangements, or tunes overshadowed by a rock’n’roll beat. This is music not frozen in time, but comfortable within its own tradition.

Doug Lamey and Cliff McGann are direct descendants of the Nova Scotia diaspora, with Doug’s grandfather, Bill, prominent in the immigrant scene in the 1950’s and 1960’s, fiddling for weekly Cape Breton dances as well as hosting a Scottish music hour on Boston’s WVOM 1600AM. For Cliff McGann, summers were spent on his grandparent’s farm in Lanark, Nova Scotia listening to his cousins Kendra & Troy MacGillivray evolve into the world renowned fiddlers they have become today.

Along with time spent in Nova Scotia, Cliff and Doug are part of the rich Canadian-American music scene in the Boston area. Doug and Cliff studied with many fine musicians there and in Cape Breton, including Alasdair Fraser, Dave MacIssaac, Tony Cuffe and Buddy MacMaster. Matt Phelps, originally from Connecticut, had the serendipitous good fortune of encountering a remarkable Scottish immigrant, Tom Shearer, who set him off on what became a 20-year intensive immersion in the world of the Great Highland Bagpipe. He added a decade of summers tutelage from many piping luminaries at the Gaelic College of Celtic Arts in Cape Breton, where he and Lamey first met as kids. Phelps has performed with Pipe Band in the US and Canada and is Pipe Major of the Stewart Highland Pipe Band.

Today the members of Tri are known in the Boston Celtic music scene in various capacities: Doug has performed at many venues, including the ICONS Music and Arts Festival, the Boston Celtic Music Festival, the New Hampshire Highland Games, and in Cape Breton at the Celtic Colours Music Festival. McGann, who possesses degrees in Celtic studies and an MA in folklore from Memorial U. in Newfoundland performs regularly with Lamey and most recently toured with legendary uilleann piper, Paddy Keenan. Phelps continues in a busy career as performer, pipe major, and teacher in the Boston area. Tri was recently featured on the WGBH Celtic Sojourn series, and has performed in recent months at Café 939, Club Passim, Johnny D's and the Long's Peak Scottish/Irish Festival in Colorado.

Kimberley Fraser, known primarily as a gifted Cape Breton fiddler, but here in the role of piano accompanist, infuses a great lift and brightness to the CD. There is a wonderful balance of feeling, intelligence, and scholarship, with individual instruments surfacing and receding, contributing in an organic way to the whole of the listening experience.
The arrangement of sets on this album is fresh and contemporary while still conversant with the interplay between pipes and strings, rhythm and emotion, that has been an important part of Celtic history.

Tucked into the album are toasts to departed friends and important mentors, depictions of the heartsick immigrants and brazen adventurers, and wonderfully spirited tunes by Irish, Scottish and Cape Breton musicians who continue to compose and respond to the world around them. This is an impressive debut.



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