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Beyond the Borders

by Brandon Vance / Mark Minkler

An intimate album, forged within the boundaries of Traditional Scottish Fiddle Music, capturing the Soul of Scotland while allowing subtle harmonic and stylistic influences from classical/jazz idioms to seep into the fabric.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Niel Gow's Lament for the Death of his Second Wife
4:18 $0.99
2. Leaving Glen Urquhart * Earl Grey * The Waverley Ball
4:39 $0.99
3. Jig O' Slurs * Scaffie's Cairt
2:29 $0.99
4. The Duchess of Bedford's Strathspey
2:11 $0.99
5. Willie Pottinger's Reel * Miss Dumbreck * Lady Charlotte Campbel
3:38 $0.99
6. Vineta
2:26 $0.99
7. Marcel Martin * Malcolm Finlay * MacArthur's Road
3:45 $0.99
8. Twin Towers Lament
4:06 $0.99
9. Making Babies By Steam * Walls of Liscarroll * Mrs. Oswald's Fav
4:11 $0.99
10. June's Tune * Gramie's Garden * Jean's Reel * Sheehan's Reel
5:31 $0.99
11. Cherie-aire
2:33 $0.99
12. The Native Land
3:35 $0.99
13. Gypsy Princess * Sweetness of Mary * The Cape Breton Fiddler's W
6:20 $0.99
14. Gina's Waltz
2:28 $0.99
15. Bon Chnoic Eireann O' * An tSean Bhean Bhocht * Reichswall Fores
6:17 $0.99
16. Da Forfeit o' da Ship * Jenny Dang the Weaver * The St. Kilda We
1:56 $0.99
17. Song for Taryn
3:00 $0.99
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Album Notes
Brandon Vance of Anacortes, WA is as comfortable with jazz improvisation as he is in his Classical violin repertoire. He is also a two-time Open - U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion (1999 & 2001). At age 14 he is the youngest to ever hold the National title. He was honored by the 56th Washington State legislature with a House resolution for "Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Music."

Brandon has played with numerous Celtic/Jazz bands and individual performers such as: Alasdair Fraser, Johnny Cunningham, The McKassons, Hanneke Cassel, Carl Peterson, Men of Worth, Blackthorn, Clumsy Lovers, Off Kilter, Maggie's Fury, Frankly Moanin' and his own band ... Talisker.

He was a guest soloist for the 2001 Los Angeles Scottish Fiddle Orchestra's 20th Anniversary concert, the 2002 Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival's 5th Anniversary, and has performed the "Celtic Mass for the Sea" with the Orcas Island Choral Society/Chamber Orchestra. Brandon has been a popular fixture at the Pacific Northwest Folklife Festival for several years. He has soloed with local northwest symphony orchestras, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Cleveland Pops Orchestra. Brandon also performed as a member of the Zephyr International Music Festival, the Barbaresco Classica International Music Festival in Italy, and received a Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival.

He is a "Starling Scholar" graduate of the Seattle Conservatory of Music. Brandon has served as Assistant-Concertmaster for the Seattle Youth Symphony. He was also an original member of the NW MacGregor Pipe Band and, while no longer active, he still keeps up his piping.

In May 2004 he released his first CD with Mark Minkler ... Beyond the Borders. This is a compilation of original Celtic style tunes written by both Brandon and Mark, along with traditional Scottish and Irish tunes.

Brandon attends Cleveland Institute of Music, majoring in Violin Performance and studies under Mr. Paul Kantor.

Mark Minkler is a talented multi-instrumentalist and a veteran of the NW music scene. Playing piano, guitar, flute, saxophone, trumpet and whistle, he has performed with fiddlers Brandon Vance, Randal Bays, George Wilson, Kevin Carr, Joel Bernstein, Susan Burke, Ed Pearlman, Tim Brown, and Calum Mackinnon, and singers Alison Post, Julie Mainstone, Erin Corday, and Stanley Greenthal. Mark teaches DADGAD guitar, piano, flute and whistle in Irish and Scottish styles at music camps and privately. He has composed many Celtic style tunes that also have jazz and classical influences. His current collaboration with Scottish fiddle champion Brandon Vance has produced a wonderful CD that shows the variety of these influences.



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Cynthia Cousens-Jacobs

I am absolutely transported by this incredible music. I play it at home, at work and even in the car. It takes me to a tranquil place that only such beautiful Scottish fiddle and gorgeous guitar/piano accompaniment can take me. Can hardly wait to see these folks live.

Nadine Sanders

Technically excellent ... musically moving!
I heard you and purchashed your cd at Folklife in May. Bravo! it was such a treat listening to you 2 perform. I heard other fiddlers ... but you two had something that they did not and I beleive it was the attitude in which the music was presented. Here was a fiddler and a guitar player, both performing as equals. It was straight ahead, honest, pure. Technically it was excellent, musically moving with dynamics and buildup and release of tension. No unnecessary showing off, just the joy of making the music coming through. And since folklife I've listened to the cd often, sometimes in the car, sometimes cranking it up in the living room and playing along and sometimes waltizing (Gina's!) ... It is a fine recording! Nadine (Seattle Folklife Festival)

Liz Dreisbach

Brandon Vance is an awesome fiddler.
Hi Mark,

I want thank you for playing at the festival. Brandon Vance is an awesome fiddler.


Seattle Folklife Festival

Suzanne Spunar

Completely blown away by its beauty.
Dear Mark,

Thought I would email you and tell you how much I love your new CD Beyond Borders. It is absolutely fabulous! I generally don’t buy anything but classical, but the rumor mill said your CD was very special. I bought it last Sunday morning at Islandale Store and played it over and over and over again all day. It is incredibly beautiful. Last night David heard it for the first time and was completely blown away by its beauty. Congratulations! You’ve given us all something very special.

Best wishes,


Jeane Smith

I am thoroughly enjoying every piece. What value for money too.

Many thanks, I picked up this wonderful CD this evening. Although I really wanted this because Gina's Waltz (which I first heard in the Scruton's beach home a few years ago, when Mark played with George Wilson, Tony Scruton and others) is included, I am thoroughly enjoying every piece. What value for money too. Well done and may you and Mark continue to prosper and be inspired to produce more CDs.

I know several people I would like to forward the information to, as far as the CD being available now. May I forward the content of your mailing to my friends? As soon as you give me the okay I will broadcast the good news. Best of life to you and yours.

Jeane Smith

Val and Barry Newsom

Haven't picked out a favorite yet ... but what quality!
We attended the CD release at the Rockfish Bar and Grill and came home and listened to it. Great stuff.

Haven't picked out a favorite yet ... but what quality!

Thanks for the music!

John and Molly Swan Sheeran

Congratulations & bravo -- you and Mark have done well!

John and Molly Swan Sheeran

Gil Berg

Great Job ... Plus 25!
CD's arrived, I am mailing them out to South Africa and Italy. I thought your Ranger Pipe Tune: "Sua Sponte" would be on there, but I guess for civies, it would not be appropriate. Brandon, you did a great job and get a plus 25!
Gil Berg M/SGT (R)

Jennifer J. Woods

Charming and lovely, a nice compilation of instrumentation and tunes. The Neil
Beyond the Borders is a charming and lovely compilation of instrumentation and tunes. Vance and Minkler open their CD with the most graceful and evocative rendition of Neil Gow's lament that I have heard yet. There is a nice variety of music from Scottish jigs, reels, Brahms as well as some orignal tunes by Vance and Minkler. Both Vance and Minkler are singularly talented musicians but when they together they exceptional. Thanks JW