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cover image for The Music And Song Of The Great Tapestry Of Scotland
double CD
November 2012

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CD1: Gordon Gunn (Orkney) * The Monks of Pluscarden (O Pater Patriae) * Margaret Stewart (Clann Domhnaill An Cogadh Righ Tearlach / MacDonald’s March To The Wars) * Skyedance with Alasdair Fraser (Bannockburn) * Willie Hunter (Leaving Lerwick Harbour) * Cpl. Neil McNaughton (Flowers o’ The Forrest) * The Infants of Prestonpans Primary School (The Toun O’ Prestonpans) * Ross Kennedy (Kinmont Willie) * Alastair McDonald (The Massacre of Glencoe) * The Paul McKenna Band (Dreams of Darien) * Rod Paterson (Such a Parcel of Rogues in a Nation) * Bannal (‘S Muladach Mi’s Air M’ Aineol / Waulking Song) * The McCalmans (Bonnie Prince Charlie) * Kathleen MacInnes (Duthaich MhicAoidh / Mackay Country Sutherland)) * Robin Laing (Burke and Hare) * Gill Bowman (Ae Fond Kiss) * Robin Laing (Old Minmore) * Robin Laing (The Forth Bridge Song) * The Scottish Rugby Grand Slam Team of 1990 (Flower of Scotland) * Brian McNeill (Muir and The Master Builder).

CD2: Catherine-Ann MacPhee (Coinneamh Nan Croitearan / The Crofter’s Meeting) * Benny Gallagher (Tusitala) * Hamish Imlach (If It Wisnae For The Union) * Eric Bogle (No Man’s Land / The Greenfields of France) * Catherine-Ann MacPhee (Oran Nan ‘Iolaire’ / Song of The Iolaire) * The Battlefield Band with Davy Steele (The Beaches of St Valery / Elizabeth Clare) * Rod Paterson (The Ballad of The D-Day Dodgers) * The Scottish National Orchestra (The Hebrides - Fingal’s Cave Overture) * Adam McNaughtan (The Jeely Piece Song) * The McCalmans (Who Pays The Piper) * The Proclaimers (Letter From America) * Robin Hall and Jimmie MacGregor (Pack Up Your Tools and Go) * Scotland The What? (Our Glens) * Dick Gaughan (Both Sides The Tweed) * Andy Cameron (Ally’s Tartan Army) * Alex Hodgson (Blantyre) * Catherine-Ann MacPhee (Canan Nan Gaidheal / Language of The Gael) * Sheena Wellington (A Man’s a Man For A’ That) * Jim Reid (The Wild Geese) * Ishbel MacAskill (An Ataireachd Ard / The Eternal Surge of The Sea).

This album is being released in association with The Great Tapestry Of Scotland which is currently being stitched on panels designed by the artist Andrew Crummy, and will go on exhibition in 2013.

The Tapestry, which will be longest in the world when complete, has been given the stamp of approval by The Scottish Parliament. Greentrax was invited to release a double album of songs and music representing forty of the panels.

The panels represented are (in the same order as track listing):

  • CD1: The Ring of Brodgar, Orkney * Columba in Iona * Lordship of The Isles * Battle of Bannockburn * Orkney & Shetland Ceded by Denmark to Scotland * Flooden * Scottish Reformation, A School in Every Parish * The Border Reivers, Rescue of Kinmont Willie * The Massacre of Glencoe * The Darien Scheme * The Act of Union, Edinburgh * Advance of English, Retreat of Gaelic * Jacobite Rising at Prestonpans * Highland & Lowland Clearances Begin * The Forth & Clyde Canal Dug * Robert Burns * George Smith Founds The Glenlivet Distillery * The Railway Boom, The Forth Bridge * Scottish Rugby Union Founded * Scottish America Emigrants’ Impact.
  • CD2: Battle of The Braes * Robert Louis Stevenson * Scottish Trade Union Congress Formed in Glasgow * The 1914-18 War * Sinking of The Iolaire * 2nd World War, St Valery, 51st Highland Division Captured * D-Day * The First Edinburgh Festival * Cumbernauld New Town * North Sea Oil * Pop Music Boom * Upper Clyde Shipbuilders Work-In * Scottish Comedy * The Rise of The SNP * Scotland’s World Cup Campaign in Argentina * The Miner’s Strike 1982 * Gaelic Resurgence * The Scottish Parliament Re-Convenes * Map of Scotland * The Surge of The Sea.

There is also a track by the Infants of Prestonpans Primary School. The Greentrax staff are really proud of this track as we are all from Prestonpans - totally biased of course!

The winner of the nationwide songwriting competition - run by Greentrax - was Benny Gallagher (of Gallagher & Lyle) with his song Tusitala. There was excellent response to this competition and there were some very fine songs. It was a pity that only one could be included on the album. It wasn’t an easy call for our judges.

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