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Episode 31-The Scottish Connection

by | Jul 9, 2019

How do Scottish and Irish music intersect? How are they distinct? And why do so many trendy tunes come from Scotland?  Host Shannon Heaton talks with Aaron Jones, Ed Pearlman, Natalie Haas and Hanneke Cassel to learn what it means to be a traditional Scottish musician today—in Scotland, and in the States. Warning: this episode contains very few mentions of haggis… or kilts.

Plenty of music here, too. Please read on for full playlist.

Thanks to everybody for listening. And a special thank you to Sharon Murphy, Mike Lagana, Brian Edmiston, Michael Craine, David Vaughan, Brian Benscoter, Joe Garrett, and Gerry Corr for underwriting this episode. 

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Music Heard on IMS Episode 31
all music traditional, unless otherwise indicated

Tune: “Medium Man,” from Happy Daze
Artist: Battlefield Band

Tune: “Hector the Hero Medley,” from 2015 Worlds Competition
Artist: Inveraray District Pipe Band

Tune: “Lady Carmichael,” from Thunderstruck
Artist: Gordon Duncan

Tune: “A Modal Groove,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune: “Strathspey,” from Celtic Mouth Music
Artist: John Macdonald

Tune: “Bb intro,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Song: “Lon-Dubh,” (the Blackbird), from Lon-Dubh
Artist: Julie Fowlis

Tune: “The Anniversary Reel,” from Out for the Night
Artist: Battlefield Band

Song: “Star o’ the Bar,” from Four on the Floor
Artist: Old Blind Dogs, feat. Aaron Jones vocals

Tune: “Nonna Pina / Space Ghettos,” from Free One
Artist: Kinnaris Quintet

Tune: “The Burrian,” from Arc Light
Artist: Lau

Tune: “Scraping the Barrel,” from The Arms Daughter’s Dealer
Artist: Shooglenifty

Tune: “G Meditation,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune: “Sabai Sabai,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune: “Open to the Elements,” from Between Wind and Water
Artist: String Sisters

Tune: “Cuffe’s,” from On the Edge
Artist: Ed Pearlman and Neil Pearlman

Tune: “Triumph Theme,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune: “The 24th Guards Brigade at Anzio,” from Happy Daze
Artist: Battlefield Band

Tune: “Cathkin Braes,” from Another Gem
Artist: Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain

Tune: “Run to Fly,” from Run to Fly
Artist: Alba’s Edge

Tune: “Travel Theme,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune: “Leather Britches,” from Aereo-Plain
Artist: John Hartford

Tune: “After Hours Theme,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Song: “Will Ye Go Lassie, Go,” (AKA Wild Mountain Thyme), from Wild Mountain Thyme
Artist: The McPeake Family

Track: “Scottish Reel Rhythm Demo,” from Instructional Video
Artist: Hanneke Cassel

Tune: “Mutey Big Build,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Song: “The Low Hum,” from California Calling
Artist: Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards

Tune: “Crabbit Shona,” from The Red House – The Heritage of the Scottish Fiddle
Artist: Chris Duncan, Catherine Strutt & Julian Thompson

Tunes: “Jig Runrig, The Ramnee Ceilidh,” from Highlander’s Farewell
Artists: Alasdair Fraser, Natalie Haas

Tune: “Adelaide / Keeping up with Christine,” from Ports of Call
Artist: Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

Tune: “Ron Burgundy Tribute: The Glass Case of Emotion/Sweet Grandmother’s Spatula,” from Silver
Artist: Hanneke Cassel

Tune: “Jenny Dang the Weaver,” from Jam at PDB c/o Isabelle
Artist: Students and Faculty

Tune: “Miller of Drone,” from Tall Tales
Artist: The McKassons

Tune: “Black Bread,” from Journey Begun
Artist: Athena Tergis & Laura Risk

Tune: “Hometown Lullaby,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune: “Julia Delaney,” from Jam at PDB c/o Isabelle
Artist: Students and Faculty

Tune: “Brooklyn’s Lullaby,” from Lullabies for Love
Artist: Hanneke Cassel

Song: “Bonny Labouring Boy,” from A Different Life
Artist: Emily Smith

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