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The Sunny Hills

by Will Woodson & Eric McDonald

Traditional Scottish tunes and songs on border pipes, wooden flute, mandolin, guitar, and voice.
Genre: Folk: Scottish Traditional
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1. Willie Murray's
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2. The Hills of Glen Orchy
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3. Caledonia
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4. Cameron's Got His Wife Again
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5. The Sunny Hills
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6. Drunk At Night, Dry in the Morning
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7. The Garden of Skye
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8. Chairlie, Oh Chairlie
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9. Quicksteps
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10. Bundle and Go
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11. The Highland Lassie Going to the Fair
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12. Dark Lowers the Night
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13. The Green Shades of Gask
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14. John Doherty's
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Will Woodson & Eric McDonald are two of the finest young proponents of traditional Scottish music today. With an unusual blend of wind and plucked strings, they bring a breath of sensitivity to a tradition that is often known for its high velocity. Their unique approach, while rooted in the indigenous music of Scotland, is also informed by the vibrant traditional music scene of their native New England. Border pipes, wooden flute, tin whistle, guitar, mandolin, and voice fuse together to create a detailed fabric of tunes and songs. Soaring reels and swinging jigs give way to more contemplative ballads, each displaying the organic chemistry of the duo. Their music is equally at home in a concert, festival or pub atmosphere. You can see them touring across the country bringing their unique brand of Scottish music to the stage as well as around the thriving music scene of Portland, Maine, where they reside and share a teaching studio.

About Will

Will Woodson is an innovative and powerful young performer of traditional and contemporary music on Scottish bellows pipes, wooden flute, and tin whistle. Having recently graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow with a master’s degree in Scottish music, he’s now returned to his first home across the Atlantic. These days, he's based in Portland, Maine and is enmeshed in the thriving music scene of the Northeastern United States, where he flits about hither and yon performing and teaching.

Will has played across America, Canada, Scotland, Ireland, and a good bit of continental Europe, appearing at major festivals like Piping Live and Celtic Connections in Glasgow. He’s shared stages with the likes of Phil Cunningham and Mick Maloney. He’s also kept busy teaching and has recently appeared at events like Maine Pipes and Fiddle and the Upper Potomac Pipers Weekend in West Virginia.

Will has played Scottish music since he was a child, and has studied with some of the greatest living exponents of the tradition, including Allan MacDonald, Finlay MacDonald, Marc Duff, and Hamish Napier.

In addition to performing and teaching, Will is an apprentice maker of Scottish bellows pipes and works for the well-established pipemaker Nate Banton. Will plays a unique and highly developed set of border pipes that he designed and built in conjunction with Nate; the set possesses an extended melodic compass and a superior range of expressive capabilities. Will is known for his thrilling, virtuosic, and highly personal musical style, which utilizes the full extent of his singular instrument.

About Eric

Eric McDonald is one of New England's premier acoustic performers and instructors, known for his versatility in many styles. Born and raised in the Boston area, he grew up steeped in Beantown's vibrant music scene. He studied at Berklee College of Music under world renowned musicians John McGann and Eugene Friesen. While studying he toured with full time folk acts like The Dave Rowe Trio and Matching Orange, and acted as music director for productions by companies such as Actor's Shakespeare Project. His accompaniment on DADGAD guitar can be heard on albums by those such as Katie McNally and Brendan Carey Block, whom he can also be seen with on stage. He has performed across the country and overseas alongside major artists such as Archie Fisher, Malinky, Rodney Miller, Hamish Napier and Ian Robb of Finest Kind. He is a member of the Scottish power trio Cantrip and the contemporary old time group The Knockbox Stringband. He has been seen on stage at such events as the New World Festival, the Champlain Valley Folk Festival, the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and countless others. Eric's teaching is practiced and well developed. He spent five years on staff at the Passim School of Music in Cambridge, MA and brings his skills every summer to Maine Fiddle Camp.

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